[Written by Charlie Clarke]
One of our favourite parts of the filmmaking process here at Superfreak HQ is adding in a sweet soundtrack to our films, it’s just like adding the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae.
With that said, you won’t be surprised to know that we also love listening to some of our favourite scores and soundtracks when we get to writing our own scripts. So we thought for this blog post, we would share with you some of our favourite soundtracks and composers.
- Joseph Bishara (known for Insidious and the Conjuring movies – he also starred in the films too!) – These films just wouldn’t have half the creep factor without their incredible scores in our opinion! Joseph Bishara just knows how to set the perfect creepy tone to unsettle the audience and we love being inspired by his music when writing some of our spookiest moments!
- The ‘It Follows’ soundtrack, by Disasterpiece – you might have noticed by now that we are lovers of nostalgia here at Superfreak, so we are very inspired by the 80’s synth sounds of this amazing soundtrack.
- Another bit of nostalgic gold when it comes to soundtracks comes in the form of the Stranger Things soundtrack, which includes a healthy mix of original pieces by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein and absolute bops from established artists. Don’t blame us if you catch us dancing around our offices between writing character dialogue!
- Speaking of synth….we couldn’t not include the living legend that is John Carpenter – famous for not only creating some of the most notable scares in horror, but also for creating killer scores too. Liam and Charlie C have been lucky enough to actually see JC perform his music live and to meet him backstage after his gig – yes we are bragging, no we aren’t sorry!
- It wouldn’t be a blog about film scores without mentioning Hans Zimmer – His works include The Lion King, Crimson Tide, Gladiator, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and Blade Runner 2049 – trust us, you’ve heard his music!! His music is the perfection accompaniment for writing our most cinematic and grand scenes.
- Speaking of gorgeous dramatic scores, we also love Jóhann Jóhannsson and his score for The Theory of Everything – this score is beautiful, melodic and moving and just adds to the pure wonderment of this incredible film. For us it’s perfect for when we are writing the more delicate and tender moments for our characters.
- Practically everything Pixar and Disney – we’re horror filmmakers, but we aren’t psychopaths…who doesn’t love a good sing-a-long to a Disney soundtrack? Exactly.
- We also get a lot of inspiration when we listen to Video Game Soundtracks. Some of our favourites include – Elder Scrolls, especially Skyrim, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher and Mick Gordon’s Doom soundtracks.
- Finally, we want to give a shout out to Alexander Taylor – he created the soundtrack to an upcoming slasher called Dreamcatcher, as well as the soundtrack to the documentary Scream Queen, all about Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. We have just had the pleasure of working with him on a secret something that’s coming very soon – so make sure you go and check out his work!
Check him out here: https://www.alexandertaylorcomposer.com/
If we wrote down all the pieces of music that inspired our writing we would be here for an age, so we’ve created a Spotify playlist of our favourites, go have a listen by following this link: https://spoti.fi/3t2YCPq
If you think we’ve missed something off our list, please let us know if the comments below, we’d love to add some more songs and composers to our library!
Until next time, stay safe and keep it creepy!