Horror Songs Drum Up the Halloween Spirit

Madison Parola, Staff Reporter

These five songs will get anyone ready for that creepy time of year and might even get you interested in watching some very scary horror films.

“Nightmare on Elm Street Theme Song” is attributed to Charles Bernstein, who did all of the music for this movie. This theme song plays in the movie’s 1984 trailer to give the viewers a chance to see how creepy the movie was going to be. The full version of the song is around 3 minutes and 30 seconds with the beginning of it starting off with angelic-like voices and a steady drum beat. As the music progresses, the drum beats louder. Eventually organs start to play, making the viewer feel unsafe. When the violin part starts to play, the music seems to get slower in pace, but this only intensifies the uneasy feeling. At the very end of the song, the voices fade away and a loud bang of noise occurs. There’s no ending to that uneasy feeling, which makes this the best horror theme song for one of the most popular horror films.

“1, 2 Freddy’s Coming for You” was also written for “Nightmare on Elm Street” and is one people can’t stand to hear. The song starts off with little girls singing the words “1, 2 Freddy’s coming for you,” and for some reason, children’s sing-song voices are always a creepy element in any horror film, not just this song. Behind the sound of the girls singing, listeners can hear loud banging of drums as if someone is walking toward them. The girls continue to sing, count and rhyme. When the girls start to sing “3, 4 better lock your door,” a door closes in the background and the footsteps continue. The music intensifies as the numbers get higher but then stops completely when the last part is sung: “Never sleep again.” At this point, little kids laugh in the background. It’s these little sound effects that make this song creepy because listeners aren’t necessarily paying attention to them because they are trying to make out the words. It all adds up to a catchy song that can get caught in one’s brain for hours. There’s no escaping the terror.

One Missed Call” is the theme song for the movie by the same name.  This song is the actual ringtone that is played when the victims get a phone call of their own death scream before they are killed. The ringtone first sounds like a music box that gets louder and louder. Organs play, and the music starts at a medium tempo, which then turns into almost a dubstep remix. The drums build in intensity as the song’s repetition increases but in louder, creepier tones. The song continues to build, only to end with its beginning.  It’s not a ringtone you will ever want to hear on your phone.

Dead Silence” is played during the opening credits of the 2007 film by the same name.  During these credits, there are images of “the perfect doll” being built. This doll is eventually mailed to a couple who decides to keep it. This song also starts off sounding like a music box. These light notes shortly turn into a faster, more intense song.  When the viewer see the words “the perfect doll” on one of the sketches, the music picks up the pace and so does the flow of images. The viewer sees the doll being painted and finished during the most intense part of the song. The viewing of the final product in the final opening credit scenes is accompanied by the music slowing down.  It’s then that the actual horror film begins.

Halloween” is played in the trailer for the 1988 movie. The song starts out with light piano notes and a loud, deep organ in the background. The organ’s notes sound slower and louder, giving it that lasting creepy feel, while the piano becomes faster and faster. At the same time, there’s a hard-to-describe shaking noise that makes it feel as though there is someone lurking in the background. Unlike the other songs, this song doesn’t ease the listener into the creepiness; it throws them in with the very first notes. The repetitiveness of the song maintains a constant level of intensity that gives the listeners the same fright from beginning to end.