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    I just wanted to talk about Christopher Young's score to the second Freddy Krueger movie. It is actually quite amazing. The intensity is well done.

    He was apparently going through a "whale sounds" phase at the time, and he included the sounds of whales in his score.

    This is the main title theme, which is my favourite:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Kxu9pDHJtc


    I like putting horror music on my Ipod, and walking around outside. It makes it feel like I'm in a horror movie.

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    Hello, nicecomposer.

    Around 1987, I had gotten the soundtracks (on vinyl LP) of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #s 2 & 3. This soundtrack was probably Christopher Young's "breakthrough" score because his music became part of a movie franchise; whereas, before, C. Young was attached to low-budget offerings like DEF-CON 4. After scoring HELLRAISER and THE FLY II, Christopher Young's reputation as a "horror" composer was cemented.

    Both Young and Angelo Badalamenti (who did NOES 3) remain composers whose film music I followed into the 21st century.
    However, their NIGHTMARE scores are not amongst my favorites, to be honest.

    All of my favorite Young soundtracks, though, belong to the fantastique:

    • THE GIFT
    • HELLRAISER
    • THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
    • DRAG ME TO HELL
    • BLESS THE CHILD
    • UNFORGETTABLE
    • THE GLASS HOUSE


    Young has got some new ones coming forth which I haven't heard yet; let's hope Young can remain in the industry for as long as possible!

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    A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge has got to be the single most homosexual movie ever made!

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    There are a few CDs on the Marco Polo label and others that have modern recordings of classic Universal horror movie scores. They're spectacular blends of a dozen different classical music composers from Sibelius to Stravinsky. The best is Hans Salter's score for Ghost of Frankenstein. Not a great film, but oh! What a score!

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    Great film score from Herrmann, also in the original Cape Fear.

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    Anyone remember that simple but powerful little classical-like theme used in Copella's Dracula. I went humming this all around the house as a kid, my dad said he'd thought it was Bolero. Quite different rhythmically and all, not the greatest hummer/whistler, I'm sure my rhythms were right on though. This was one of the things which lead me to inevitably start listening to classical.

    Let me think of some other goodies:

    The Thing - around the opening helicopter scene
    Friday the 13th - ch ch ch ha ha ha
    Alien - You know that slow strings theme somewhere in there, sorry for being so vague, maybe it was Aliens; Anyways, that's some real lonely/isolated sounding music, very compelling and eerie.
    The Shining - OBVIOUSLY, from the very opening in particular, also the chorus work in the suspenseful conclusion.

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    One thing of note, again:

    Bernard Herrmann



    best part from the remake.

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    Akira Yamaoka's Silent Hill scores also nice. Music for playstation horror game called "Rule Of Rose" is also beautiful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kGoxw5yGFc
    Last edited by lasosa; Dec-16-2012 at 04:06.

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    I've always been fond of some of the Alien 3 score:


    I also like some of John Carpenter/Alan Howarth's minimalist synth approach. Escape From New York, They Live. There's a lovely bit in Escape From New York where they synth up La Cathedrale Engloutie during the night glider scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kv466 View Post
    A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge has got to be the single most homosexual movie ever made!
    Dude, why haven't you seen Top Gun? It's a great film, you should watch it some time.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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