Monday, October 29, 2018

Music Mantra Monday ~ Chynna's Top Five Scary Movie Theme Songs

With Halloween only a few days away, I thought it would be fun to go a scarier route here on the blog. Today we're going to turn the focus to those chilling songs from scary movies that make the hair on your arms stand up.

As I always say, music is a very powerful force. Each of us is affected by different music in different ways, depending on the memories we've attached to it. I mean, who doesn't remember that special song you relate to your first love? Or that angry band that you yell-sang along with during rebellious times? Or that one song or band you always turned to during tough times?

Scary music is no different. In fact, I think its force is even stronger. It's like watching a really good psychological thriller that has you constantly looking over your shoulder. And you may not even relate the music to the movie its attached to. You relate to the feelings these songs stir up that amplify your deepest, darkest fears with a brilliantly arrangement of notes.

The following is my list of scary movie songs that still have me spooked, many years after seeing the movies. My list is comprised of simple music without the use of a full orchestra or singing. To me, just like with simple writing that gets right in your head, that is not only creepy but also impressive. Ready? ::evil laugh inserted here::

5) Halloween - I found this slasher movie stupid (my apologies to fans out there). And I'm not a huge fan of movies, scary or not, that have 52 sequels with the same theme, same killer, same get the drift. I mean, seriously. How many times can a psycho killer DIE?! But the theme song to this movie gives me chills. It's this type of music I hear when I'm walking alone, day or night, that has me checking out every bush, listening for anything behind me and has me speed-walking home pretty dang quick.

4) The Omen - This movie scared the bejeezers out of me, especially since I was the neighborhood babysitter and you always had that one kid who stares at you like Damien did at the end of the film. ::shudder:: My mom had a home daycare for a bit and she had one little boy, Caleb, who looked like this sweet little cherub boy with his blonde hair, blue eyes and quiet nature. Let's just say after a few shocking incidents between him and the other kids, I'd have little ones clinging to me on every available limb, begging me not to leave them alone with him. And he never even had to use violence to elicit fear. It was the tone of his voice and the way he looked at you. O_O (I'm sure he grew into a lovely, caring man.)

3) The Exorcist - Yes, okay, this goes against my disgruntledness towards movies that really should have stuck with only the first movie, maybe one sequel if it was done right, but the original one was horrifying. At least I think it was because even at my age, I still haven't made it all the way through. When I was a kid, I went downstairs for something and the movie was on t.v. I walked in just in time to see the scene when the demon first spoke through Reagan as she opened her clear, white eyes. Awesome. Now, every year, I have at least one person send me some stupid Happy Halloween eCard that ends with that face popping out at me. (Do not get any ideas, people.)

2) Psycho - It's an oldie, but a goodie. What's scarier than a crazy man who dresses up like his dead mother and kills people? That shower scene. Seriously. How many of you out there don't hear those stringed-instruments playing while you're taking a shower? And you know what's even better? Having a movie sleepover, with this movie on the agenda, and one of your wonderful friends rips open the shower curtain, screeching the theme song.  That was worse than actually watching the movie. Thank you, friends, for that added shower trauma I still live with today.

1) Jaws - Yeah, yeah, go ahead and laugh. But I am old enough to remember when this movie came out. Let's just say that when we went to my cabin that summer, there were a lot of people joking about it but you could see the fear in their eyes before venturing out into the water (especially at the beach). My fondest memory? I decided to let my uncle teach me how to water ski that year. I was doing pretty good until I did a face plant into the water going around the loop back to our dock. Of course I fell in the deepest part of the lake where all you saw below you was darkness. As my uncle drove the boat around to get me back up, that haunting theme song rushed to my head having me stick my feet up out of the surface and screaming, "GET ME OUT OF HERE!" Of course my logical side knew that West Hawk Lake is a fresh water lake with no sharks but still... See that picture on the left? Yeah. That's the mental image I had when I fell. Needless to say, I never went skiing again. And we won't even get into the paranoia I experience when on an air mattress, in a canoe, or swimming in water where I can't see the bottom.

There are my top picks for scary movie theme music. Feel free to share yours as there are many.

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