When we talked about film scores in last week's go magazine (read about it on Omaha.com/go), I kept thinking about scores from scary movies.
My wife and I have been watching a scary movie every day (or almost every day) during the month of October. I find that it's not always what's happening onscreen, but what's coming out of the speakers that gives me the chills.
The music from “Halloween,” for example, just gives me the creeps. And that “One, two, Freddie's coming for you/Three, four, better lock your door” makes my wife wig out.
It made me think of what other music scares me — or conjures up scary thoughts. I threw together a list of five pieces of music that scare me the most.
Head over to Omaha.com and my blog to chat about them with me.
“Halloween” theme: The driving, cutting music from this horror series gets me. When I hear it, I know Michael Myers is standing around the corner ready to slash up me or one of my friends. And even if we think we've stopped him, the music will play again when we notice his body is missing. Ugh. Just thinking about it gives me the shivers.
“Annie Waits” by Ben Folds: OK, I have some explaining to do with this one. The song itself isn't scary at all. I bought a horror novel the same day I bought this album about a decade ago. When I got home, I put on the CD and read the book. To this day, “Annie Waits” (and some of the other songs on Folds' “Rockin' the Suburbs”) still conjure up horrific images. I'm a strange person.
“The Ride” by David Allan Coe: Coe's song about hitching down the highway and (spoiler alert!) getting picked up by Hank Williams' ghost gives me the chills. I know it's supposed to be about living up to your inspirations, but it always freaks me out.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson: I love the kitschy Vincent Price narration and laughter, I love the dance and I love the song. Who doesn't? But every time I hear the end of the song, I can't help but think back to being 9 years old and watching the video. Jackson's yellow eyes at the end scared me to death and I still see them every time I hear the song.
Music from “Rosemary's Baby” by Krzysztof Komeda: I know it's a seminal horror film, but I only recently watched it. The music got me more than anything. Its disjointed, frenetic strings and horns gave an eerie feel to what would otherwise be somewhat normal conversations between Guy and Rosemary. It's how you knew something was amiss. Yikes.
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