10 scariest movie soundtracks ever
It's no surprise that most of the movies that have made audiences scream in terror (and delight) have been underscored with truly creepy themes. From the symphonic sweep of classic horror in Franz Waxman's groundbreaking score for "The Bride of Frankenstein" to Bernard Herrmann's shrieking strings in the shower sequence in Hitchcock's "Psycho," here's our list of the top 10 scary movie themes -- in frightening reverse order! -- Richard Knight Jr., Tribune Newspapers
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10. 'The Bride of Frankenstein' (1935)
The granddaddy of all monster movie scores, Franz Waxman's majestic orchestral score -- utilizing three basic themes, for the creature, his mate and the mad Dr. Pretorius -- was so popular with film audiences that Universal repurposed sections of it in dozens of shorts, serials, westerns, and myriad B pictures for decades to come; the penultimate section of the score, "The Creation of the Female Monster," is often heard in symphony halls during the Halloween season.
Listen to music from "The Bride of Frankenstein"