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Scary classical music from the movies

Wed Oct 31 2012

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To freak us out a bit on this ‘All hallow’s eve’, we thought we’d hunt down those chilling classical pieces that have sent shivers down our collective spines at the movies…

Prepare to be spooked!

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
This dark gothic organ masterpiece is used in a plethora of horror flicks, including Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931)

Grieg – In the Hall of the Mountain King
This piece features in countless movies including The Lost Boys, Lamberto Bava’s 1985 horror film Dèmoni, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, err.. and the final episode of Beavis and Butthead

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
A haunting classic – we thought we’d lighten the mood by revisting this ‘mis-read lyrics’ video…

The Shining

Bartok – Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Used by Stanley Kubrick to devastatingly chilling effect in The Shining

Ok, just cos The Shining never fails to get us behind the sofa, here’s another toe-curler from the film: “Dies Irae” from  Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain
Appears in the Disney classic Fantasia which seems to have traumatized most people in their childhood, no doubt helped along by Mussorgsky’s score

Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns
Based on an old French superstition, this is a Halloween classic – listen out for the rattling bones of the skeletons and moans coming from the trees…

Lastly, we had to include Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, here beautifully orchestrated by Japanese Anime composer Joe Hisaishi…

What are your favourite creepy classical pieces from the movies? Let us know in the comments box below.

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