Top 10 Chilling Horror Movie Soundtracks

Tobin Bell in "Saw"

The best horror movie soundtracks are ones that cause the hair at the back of our necks stand even when we’re not watching the movie itself! So we’ve put together a list of ten of the very best soundtracks!

It Follows

Game composer Disasterpeace created a horror score that combines the eerie sounds of horror classics with modern, synthy twists.

Suspira (1977 & 2018)

Goblin’s film score for the original Suspira was superb. Thom Yorke’s score for the remake, however, was equally chilling.

The Thing

John Carpenter handed the task of scoring his 1982 masterpiece The Thing over to Ennio MorriconeThe score is admirable and remarkably anxiety inducing.

Cannibal Holocaust

Riz Ortolani’s orchestral score for the gruesome 1980 horror is made disturbing thanks to the unsettling juxtaposition between the beautiful score and the grotesque events of the film.

Rosemary’s Baby

Kryzysztof Komeda’s score for Rosemary’s Baby is melodic and innocent sounding. This creepily contrasts with the evil lingering in the movie.


Charlie Clouser’s SAW theme fits the dark and sinister basement setting of the movie perfectly. The score builds up suspense and then climaxes perfectly.

The Exorcist

Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” accompanies the horrifying exorcism scene. Oldfield was only 19 when he wrote it.


The mostly music-less film contains just two pieces of music. One of them is the strange and jarring track “In Heaven,” sung by the lady living in the radiator. It’s bizarre and intriguing, just like the rest of the feature.

The Omen

Jerry Goldsmith’s theme for The Omen definitely helped the movie out at the box office.


Finally, John Cartpenter’s chilling synth theme for Halloween was amazingly composed in under one hour. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most iconic soundtracks of movie history and that’s why we’re putting it at number one.