Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John Kruse of Mine All Mine Records (and Murfie Ops).
Halloween is on its way, which means it’s a good time to celebrate our favorite movie monsters. We can’t pick just one, so we’ve put together a list of all our monster favorites, and the movie soundtracks they inspire.
Just to prove that vampire love is nothing new, we’ve got two great Dracula-inspired soundtracks to show you: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Wes Craven’s cult horror flick Dracula 2000. Bram Stoker’s Dracula may be just another adaptation of the book (a very successful one, admittedly), but it also has a killer score by Wojciech Kilar. As an added bonus, it includes the Annie Lennox hit “Love Song for a Vampire.” If you’re more of a classic horror fan, though, you’ll definitely want to check out the Dracula 2000 soundtrack. It’s got everyone you’d expect: Disturbed, Slayer, System of a Down, Linkin Park, etc.
Okay, so the follow-up to the 1981 classic An American Werewolf in London didn’t quite live up to expectations. In fact, it bombed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still love the idea! An American Werewolf in Paris came out in 1997, so what better way to celebrate our furry friends and relive the late 90s than by snagging this soundtrack? It features tunes from the likes of Bush, Cake, Skinny Puppy and more.
Vampires FIGHTING Werewolves
Instead of teaming up to take down humanity, vampires and werewolves have decided to duke it out in an eternal struggle for dominance. Lucky for us, their grudge means we get to sit back and watch—and Hollywood has certainly provided! Whether you like the dark and gritty tone of Underworld, or you love the love triangle of Twilight, we’ve got you covered. While Underworld‘s soundtrack features a mix of artists that reflect the darker tone of the movie, Twilight is a different story. The series has gained a reputation for producing great soundtracks that stand alone, covering a wide range of pop and indie artists, from Paramore to Iron & Wine.
Love it or hate it, the living dead are here to stay. They’re everywhere, from the ultra-serious contagion film 28 Days Later to the trademark quirk of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Who can resist the compositional skill of 28 Days Later‘s John Murphy or Beetlejuice‘s Danny Elfman? Not to mention that there’s word of a Beetlejuice 2 coming soon!
BONUS: (Boo!) Ghosts