Soundtrack / Halloween Party Music

Halloween Horror Hits and More

Musical Score By: Various Artists

Distributed by: BuySoundtrax Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Itís that time of the year again - time for all the ghost and ghouls to come out of the woodwork.  Time for witchesí brew and gummy eyeballs, candied apples and fake vampireís blood.  Thatís right, itís Halloween and if you are planning a Halloween party, youíll be looking for just the right kind of music.  Well, Iíve just listened to three Halloween albums and Iíd like to tell you which ones you should check out and which ones you should avoid.


            BuySoundtrax Records has just released a new compilation featuring music written for horror-based movies and television shows.  Halloween Horror Hits features music by numerous well-known composers like John Carpenter, Danny Elfman, Wendy Carlos, Jerry Goldsmith and more.  The album starts off with three tracks composed by John Carpenter: the themes from Halloween, The Fog and Christineís Car Obsession / Attack / Plymouth.  This is the perfect way to start off any Halloween horror soundtrack compilation.  By the end of these three tracks, if there arenít chills going up and down your spine, you simply arenít human.  All of the best horror films are represented here including Creepshow, The Thing, Graveyard Shift, Tales from the Crypt (although I was disappointed not to hear the Crypt Keeperís laugh at the end), Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, and The Shining.

            What I find puzzling is the inclusion of silly tracks like The Gonk from Dawn of the Dead, two tracks from The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family, The Munsters and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.  Also, why have the theme from Psycho II when the original Psycho music was so much scarier.  Despite these puzzling and often humorous tracks, Halloween Horror Hits truly offers up a good selection of classic horror themes and just the right length of music with 25 tracks and almost 75 minutes of running time that makes it perfect for any Halloween party.


            Haunted Party Music from TUTM Entertainment is a mix of Halloween party music and Haunted Hayride Spooky Sounds.  The album features some really fun tracks like The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Elvira, Bad Moon Rising, the Hoe Down Mix of Monster Mash, Cotton Eye Joe, Smoke on the Water, and more.  Many of these songs sound like they are being performed by the original performers (something rare for a party music compilation album).  There are some really spooky songs like Toccata and Fugue and Psycho Suite (from the movie Psycho).  The Haunted Hayride Spooky Sounds include The Saw, Night Wind, The Howling, Creatures of the Night, A Dark & Stormy Night and Swamp Thing.

            This album starts off with music everyone will love singing and dancing along with.  The Haunted Hayride Spook Sounds add just the right touch at the end of the album.  These tracks along with the Psycho Suite and more add up to the perfect sort of music for your haunted house party theme.

            Halloween Party Bash from Turn Up the Music features some decent songs like Monster Mash, Ghostbusters, The Time Warp, Bad to the Bone, Great Balls of Fire and more.  Unfortunately, these are not performed by the original artists and just donít sound the same.  The haunted sound effects, like the Beginning of the End SFX and The Reaper Awaits SFX, are great for your spooky haunted house party theme, but not really for much else.

            There you have it, a great horror soundtrack compilation in Halloween Haunted Hits, great Halloween party music in Haunted Party Music and perfect haunted sound effects in both Haunted Party Music and Halloween Party Bash.  Find them all at a music store near you!


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