Even with my awareness of the rules, I doubt I'd last very long in a slasher movie. I'm not in very good shape, so the killer could catch me pretty easily. Plus, I'm Black, so there's that.
10. When a Stranger Calls
(Dana Kaproff) - Admittedly, it plays far better in the film than on its own, but Kaproff's music is quite good.
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street
(Charles Bernstein) - A memorably creepy main theme and some great, pulsating action cues.
8. Urban Legend
(Christopher Young) - One of Young's better entries in the genre, highlighted by a haunting main theme.
7. The Funhouse
(John Beal) - Trailer soundtracks' gain is film music's loss, as Beal's over-the-top score makes the film seem far scarier than it is.
6. House of Wax
(John Ottman) - Ottman's Gothic score is an off-kilter delight, from its lurching marches ("Ritual") to its eerie sliding strings ("Bringing Down the House").
5. The Slayer
(Robert Folk) - This long-forgotten thriller features a lush, even moving score from Folk. YouTube it and be amazed (assuming it hasn't been removed again
4. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
(Bear McCreary) - McCreary's odd but enjoyable score is one the strongest components of the better-than-you'd-think sequel.
(John Carpenter) - Despite its repetitive presentation on album, a marvelous horror score, creepy and evocative.
2. Tourist Trap
(Pino Donaggio) - My personal favorite Donaggio score, a perfect match for the 'what the fudge?!' nature of the film.
1. The House on Sorority Row
(Richard Band) - My personal favorite Band score, with a beautiful main theme and ferocious chase cues.
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