Music Of Terror: 10 Topics InolvidablesSunday 21st of August 2011 12:12:22 AM
Good horror film starts off with the atmosphere. It is the work of any director who boasts of such. Prepare the ground and have us on the defensive. Leave us vulnerable to fear, open to the eerie. And to do that they have everything what offers the medium of film. Lighting with fed up with shadows to hide the murderer, inclined planes so that one is disoriented, terrifying locations as huge houses with gargoyles at the corners, forests, or wax museums. His sudden lightning. And noise. His Thunder, his Wolf howling, its floor which creaks, door chirriando.
And the music.
What better way to prepare the ground than a good theme that we record seared in the memories, and that we be echoing throughout the film? Many horror films have been made in the story, but few have managed that own label which ends up making school. That musical mark that we always penará. And it will come to our heads when we think of the film. Or it will make us come back to it as soon as we hear.
This music is sometimes arguably terrifying. Full of instruments that evoke the ominous. Garish and violent chords. Sustained serious notes. Other times terror on the other hand, comes with music that turns horrific as soon as we add context. Thus innocent cradle song can become a synonym for the devil. Or a child round may announce an avenging spirit. Either way, the music ends up merging is always to the images it accompanied, and by extension, is transformed into a productive provider of horrors, even without its context.
Then, my selection of the most iconic horror film themes, to see how many ghosts woke up.
10 ICONIC THEMES OF TERROR
The great Philip Glass composed this ghostly piano that is pure atmosphere. Definitely sad that terrifying, talks about the tragedy of Candyman, the main character in the movie, a slave who died linchado by a white woman to love, and that today appears as a spirit to kill those who invoke. An unforgettable melody, understated film.
The composer Harry Manfredini asked outrageously terrifying music. To jump to viewers, something that evoked stabs, and screaming. But he went further and added a couple of sounds to your soundtrack. A whisper with ECHO, it ended up becoming a synonym for the presence of the murderer, by more than ten films that lasted for the franchise. We all remember the ubiquitous "ki-ki-ki, ma-ma-ma", which according to the own Manfredini was inspired by little Jason asking her mother to kill ("kill, mom" sampling). Whatever it is, it is transformed into a sound that no one would want to hear in the forest near a lake.
8. THE EXORCIST
They say the gossips director William Friedkin commissioned two soundtracks for this classic of the horror. A composer Lalo Schiffrin and other electronic band Tangerine Dream. But so were their demands ended up discarding the two. Finally opted for the path Kubrick and assembled the soundtrack with preexisting themes from different sources. One of them was the English Mike Oldfield album Tubular Bells. Although it was originally part of a Studio album by progressive rock, his association with the "most frightening of all time" film transformed item an icon always linked to the diabolical possession, the insolent baby and the heroic priests. Listen to the first few seconds and tell comes them a chill.
If you do not know where this music comes, chances are it never guess that this is a classic of the horror. A film, perhaps. Or a commercial Christmas. But it is precisely this "innocence" that makes it unforgettable. Jerry Goldsmith (a teacher) brought the shoes with this soundtrack that mixes the worst imaginable horrors with the tenderness of the childhood of the protagonist. Temón.
Who does not have has been raking in sea humming the theme of shark to simulate some marine attack. Something so iconic that it became a joke, in music that use anywhere and pito anything. But that at the time he knew how to convey better than any special effect shark threat. John Williams, a big one.
5 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
The damn song sing the baby in the nightmares. Nothing more to add.
4. THE PROPHECY
A soundtrack that is pure horror. Strings, winds, and choirs in Latin that sing the Satan himself, Jerry Goldsmith raised a movie that didn't not so afraid, the status of absolute classic. One of the best.
3. THE SHINING
Stanley Kubrick assembled a compilation so shocking, only hear claims that open the glow placed you one goose bumps. With a great song that evokes both a dark power supernatural (such serious synthesizer notes) and also dementia which is the character of Jack Nicholson (these cries echo), the formidable songwriter/performer Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind scored tremendous bean. And it took forever in all compilations of major milestones in the film terror of history. Enjoy.
"To not notice poverty", they usually say the disbelieve. And in the case of director John Carpenter and his seminal film, that note. That you feel tired. The only reason that John Carpenter grabbed his synthesizer and ran solo to compose and interpret himself one of the most memorable of terror was precisely because they have no silver. He wanted an orchestra full of musicians, the bombastic as possible, but failed. And ended up giving us this gem which until now has not matched.
Was that not. The shower scene, would be the same if I had not the relentless string of Bernard Hermann accompanying each cuchillazo? The composer declared ever decided using violins and strings only in its soundtrack, because it is the instrument that most are aseneja to the human voice. And that is why - and because it is so cool - is that we will never forget this music nor film accompanying. A very iconic piece, which today is synonymous with madness, dementia and assassination itself.