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This music is a direct throwback to the 1940s and 1950s when the genre of monster movies was first emerging. Producers had little access to electronic instruments, hence the music is primarily orchestral and has a classic retrograde kitschy sound that is distinct and instantly recognizable by fans of classic horror movies. Virtually the only electronic instrument available at the time was the theremin, hence it was used frequently in classical horror music.


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TRICK OR TREAT - (by Liam Bradbury)  Year: 2014
Liam Bradbury Spooky orchestral Halloween themed instrumental. Create the perfect mood for Halloween with this piece, great for kids parties, commercials, advertising etc... Written in an old haunted circus style. Imagine clowns and crazy performers in an old amusement park. Also works with any dark projects, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
692737 3:10 Med Fast 135   


PODMEN FROM SECTOR 7 - (by Eric Bode)  Year: 2014
Eric Bode A fun camp nod to 50s sci-fi scoring. Featuring a full orchestra, completed with spooky theremin. Eerie and eccentric. Well suited to sci-fi, retro, parody, horror, kids and halloween. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
690012 1:50 Slow 70   


DEEP WATER - (by Dmitry Pushkarev)  Year: 2000
Dmitry Pushkarev Surrealistic and avant-garde composition with unstable dynamics in style of modern classical music. Suitable for horror films. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
677532 2:20 Slowing   


BARLOW'S OBSERVATIONS - (by Michael Hennig)  Year: 2010
Michael Hennig An orchestral track with "film noir" in mind. Think of private detectives and mysterious ladies, but also of danger, crime and horror. From calm but tragic themes to eerie string glissando, brass and woodwind stabs, funeral organ and full orchestra stabs, this track has it all. Suspense assured. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Main Track) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
667014 5:13 Mixed   
30sec - Dangerous, Edgy Music
667032 0:30 Mixed   
60sec - Dangerous, Edgy Music
667033 1:00 Mixed   


THE SPIRIT OF THE OLD CASTLE - (by Sound Crusher)  Year: 2014
Sound Crusher Music dedicated to horror movies about ghosts, vampires. Classic instrumentation. Initially soft music, becoming a dynamic. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
633837 3:07 Medium 110   


WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVEYARD - (by Western Horizon Productions)  Year: 2009
Western Horizon Productions slightly tongue-in-cheek Halloween horror music... thunder clap, howling wind, ominous organ, sinister harpsichord, ghostly moans and screams, evil laughs, rattles and clanks...the ticking of the clock reminds you when you walk past the graveyard to whistle! Instrumental, Horror, Horror Psychological
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Horror Psychological
360318 2:11 Med Fast 134   
Full Track (extended version) - Horror, Halloween Horror
554430 3:31 Med Fast 134   
15sec - Horror, Halloween Whimsical
656049 0:17 Med Slow 99   
60sec - Horror, Horror Psychological
410451 1:04 Medium 128   
30sec - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
370756 0:38 Med Slow 94   
Stinger A - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
624179 0:13 Med Fast 134   
Stinger B - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
624182 0:15 Med Fast 134   


FRIGHT NIGHT - (by Aaron J Curtis)  Year: 2013
Aaron J Curtis Scary retro orchestral horror music with timpani, strings, synth pad & woodwinds. A powerful sound that builds & swells quickly like the orchestral horror music back in the old days. Great for comedy horror movies & shows, scary pets, epic fails, sinister looking man holding a large bloody axe. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Ident - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
621407 0:08 Med Slow 109   


PSYCHO MACKENZIE - (by Marc Filmer)  Year: 2013
Marc Filmer The Beatles Elanor Rigby meets Bernard Herrmanns Psycho Score. A staccato double string quartet strike out a tense, rhythmic piece, for scenes of gothic horror and melancholic darkness. Illustrates the turmoil of loneliness and the void left by the death of a loved one & the uncertainty that ensues. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
602249 2:03 Med Fast 137   


ORCHESTRAL REQUIEM - (by Joe Bergsieker)  Year: 2012
Joe Bergsieker Enter the vampire! This dramatic orchestral music includes moving strings and brass using dark chords. Use this piece to set the scene introducing the main character, working on a dark plan, or introducing the main setting of the upcoming terror. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
559590 1:28 Med Fast 143   


CHEEZY 50'S SCI-FI WEIRDNESS - (by Western Horizon Productions)  Year: 2012
Western Horizon Productions This title says it all... the strange sound of classic sci-fi films from the 50's, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
555033 1:14 Medium 127   
30sec - Science Fiction, Alien Invasion
628997 0:34 Medium 126   
Stinger - Horror, Theremin music
610374 0:10 Medium   
60sec - Horror, Horror Psychological
628996 1:05 Medium 88   
15sec - Science Fiction, Ambient Soundscape
639987 0:19 Medium   


MATEY SWEEPS UP - (by Greg Patmore)  Year: 2012
Greg Patmore A short atmospheric piece which is mysterious and strange. It's like you are floating in space, there is no gravity just a nothingness which is slightly appealing yet dramatic. The harmonics of the glockenspiel are interwoven with piano keys and chimes, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
537395 0:53 Med Slow 92   


TENSION ORCHESTRA - (by D. Silverstone)  Year: 2011
D. Silverstone Suspenseful and tense orchestral theme music to be udes in horror films, scary, fearful and dark scenes. a cinematic instrumental underscore for tension and suspense, fear and loneliness, dangerous and hazard atmosphere. Featuring String quartet, horns and bass drums. Sneaky and dramatic cue, Instrumental, Action, Thriller Orchestral
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Action, Thriller Orchestral
512442 2:00 Slow 65   
30sec - Horror, Horror Psychological
512438 0:30 Slow 65   
Stinger - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
512441 0:06 Slow 65   
60sec - Action, Impending Orchestral
512439 1:00 Slow 65   
Logo - Horror, Gothic Moderate
512440 0:11 Slow 65   


HORRIFIC FANFARE - (by James Mulvale)  Year: 2011
James Mulvale The sound of sheer Horror! This would be ideal as a sting / ident for a horror style show. Think Medusa or some other monster appearing before your eyes and chilling your bones with paralytic fear, and you still won't be close! Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Impact - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
504968 0:09 Med Slow 100   


SON OF DRACULASTEIN - (by David Gosnell)  Year: 2000
David Gosnell A monster, true, but with emotional depth. A Gothic tale for orchestra & organ with all the scary stops. Think Frank Langella not Christopher Lee - Robert De Niro not Boris Karloff. Dark dramatic dangerous. Epic Romance, passionate, brooding, classical horror flick. Sadness, pity, mystery & demons, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
361896 1:44 Med Slow 100   
Variation (Re-mix of Full Track) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
500081 1:44 Med Slow 100   
30sec - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
417964 0:31 Med Slow 100   
60sec - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
417952 1:00 Med Slow 100   
Stinger - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
417967 0:06 Med Slow 100   


HAUNTED MANSION (MAIN MIX) - (by Alec Makinson)  Year: 2011
Alec Makinson Comic, spoof style, haunted and creepy, rolling horror theme. Perfect for Children's TV, radio & tv commercials, reality TV etc. Features lots of ghostly vocal fx. Very camp, crazy & fun childrens horror - just watch out for those ghosties and ghouls. Mixes with and without vocal fx, Instrumental, Horror, Halloween Whimsical
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (main mix with fx) - Horror, Halloween Whimsical
490219 2:07 Med Fast 130   
30sec (30sec with fx) - Horror, Halloween Whimsical
491293 0:31 Med Fast 130   
Variation A (underscore w/o fx) - Horror, Dance Traditional
490423 2:06 Med Fast 130   
Variation B (underscore with FX) - Horror, Horror Haunted Choirs
490420 2:07 Med Fast 130   
30sec (30sec w/o fx) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
491294 0:31 Med Fast 130   
Variation (main mix without fx) - Horror, Haunted Carnival
490412 2:07 Med Fast 130   


MYSTERIOUS NIGHTMARE - (by Dani W. Schmid)  Year: 2011
Dani W. Schmid Sick dynamic, exciting and thrilling horror nightmare jingle. Horrorscore. Fits well for horror scenes and background music. Soundscape and softer alienscenes, Halloween, Sci Fi thriller. Freaky dropped piano notes, chiller ambience. Killer watching you, haunted house. Cautious and Menacing! Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Horror nightmare) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
491210 2:00 No Tempo   


SICK ORCHESTRA AND WHAT - (by Dani W. Schmid)  Year: 2011
Dani W. Schmid Dramatic, freaky and sick orchestra horror like jingletrack. Very dissonant and excited. Bit evil. Very Electric Light Orchestra intros soundalike. Horror movies, halloween and other trip, spaces and alien movies. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Jingle (Sick orchestrahorror) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
490869 1:43 No Tempo   


THE FEAR - (by Robert Neary)  Year: 2011
Robert Neary Climactic, fearful and tension rising orchestral music. Ideal for adding chaos and and feelings of terror and unease to a film or media project, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
500254 1:21 Medium 110   


DANGEROUS NOIR - (by Adam Scourfield)  Year: 2011
Adam Scourfield Modern orchestra film noir music. This orchestrated track captures an era of romance, mystery & intrigue. Ignite the captivating atmosphere from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Think "Sin City", Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez. Hitchcock, Basic Instinct. Stalking, menacing, alluring, erotically charged, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (Full Version) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
570913 2:26 Med Slow 80   


NO PLACE TO HIDE - (by Midnight Squared)  Year: 2011
Midnight Squared This suspenseful, taut, action driven track gives you that feeling of uneasiness and forbearing. Use for action, thriller, crime, mystery, psychological, and CSI music. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
455198 3:33 Very Fast 171   


THE CURSE OF HALLOWS EVE - (by Tom Jemmott)  Year: 2010
Tom Jemmott Time To Be Scared! Intense, Classic Horror Flick music, tense, frightening cue with scratchy strings, turbulent effects and more. In the style of Universal Horror films like The Wolfman and Danny Elfman scores. Great for your scary film project/Web/Trailer/Game. No hiding or running for your life! Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
434751 2:07 Fast 150   


THE BRASS BAND HORROR SHOW - (by House of Horror)  Year: 2010
House of Horror A brass band with a sinister and creepy undertone. This strictly brass track evokes horror, fear, and will creep you out! Full of haunting melodies, thrilling harmonies, and fearful rhythms, this track will work behind a wide range of Horror, thriller and suspense visuals, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
430476 2:12 Medium 105   


DEATH BY STRINGS - (by House of Horror)  Year: 2010
House of Horror This track kicks off with a lo double bass and cello rumble, increasing tension and suspense along the way by building up a variety of Horror melodies and harmonies. This track works really well for Horror, Thriller, crime, and any dark / evil visuals. Music for classic and retro horror films. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
428928 3:14 Medium 129   


COMPELLING INVESTIGATIONS - (by Patrick Ryan)  Year: 2010
Patrick Ryan The brass strings wood wind of the live orchestra is rhythmic in style,giving positive energy.then stronger more powerful brass.AT 32 secons the forward driving percussion come in to the track,bring the music to a dramatic finish.highly suitable for maine news,commercials,corporate,sports theme, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec (Hard Hitting orchest) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
414358 1:00 Med Fast 134   
30sec (First 30 sec) - Action, Thriller Orchestral
414359 0:27 Med Fast 134   
15sec (Hard Hitting orchest) - Action, Thriller Orchestral
414362 0:15 Med Fast 134   


CLASSICAL TWISTED HAUNTING HORROR - (by House of Horror)  Year: 2009
House of Horror A classical based horror track that uses some interesting diminished melodys (banned by the chruch of England in the 16th Century for sounding too much like the devil!) Great haunting horror track, perfect for traditional and classical horror films and scenes. Music for scary churches and graveyards, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
412026 3:15 Med Slow   


STRING & HORNS AGITATO LOOP - (by Music Candy)  Year: 2009
Music Candy Haunting Movie Loop, Clive Lukover, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
408011 0:34 Medium 123   


MONSTER CHASE - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid You'd better run because something awful (monster, shark, alien, psycho) has just decided that you're it's next victim. A quick intense clip in 7/8 meter with big stings on either end. Jaws meets Psycho. Parts can be chopped up and looped for games/underscores. Strings, brass, log and spring dru, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
15sec (Loopable) - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
551387 0:15 Med Fast 135   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 9 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available
551396 0:06 Med Slow 100   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 7 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available
551395 0:06 Med Slow 100   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 6 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available
551393 0:06 Med Slow 100   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 5 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available
551392 0:06 Med Slow 100   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 4 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available
551391 0:06 Med Slow 100   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 3 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available  
551390 0:06 Med Slow 100   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 2 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available  
551389 0:05 Med Slow 94   


OLD TIME SUSPENSE 1 - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2008
Matthew Reid 9 old time suspense stingers. Some are slightly tongue in cheek, some weird an eerie. Great for retro 50's, 60's, 70's movie/TV horror/suspense/sci-fi parodies or replications. Put 'em all together and you have what sounds like an Anton Webern composition or Captain Kirk raising his eyebrows... Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available  
551388 0:07 Med Slow 100   


THRILLER SHOWER SCENE HORROR - (by House of Horror)  Year: 2009
House of Horror A horror scene in a shower…. ? Our take on the most celebrated horror scene of all time, that knife in the shower. Great for a retro and vintage horror feel, the strings will certainly get you….. ! Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
405440 3:06 Med Slow   


RETRO HORROR THRILLER - (by Matthew Reid)  Year: 2001
Matthew Reid Epic orchestra reminiscent of Night on Bald Mountain and Ride of the Valkyries. Great for classic cartoon villains & monsters, scenes of war, war videogames, scenes of vast armies or war machines and historical scenes. Full, orchestra piece reminiscent of Shostakovich and Mussorgsky. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
404728 2:10 Med Slow 101   


HOUSE OF HALLOWEEN - (by Ori Vidislavski)  Year: 2009
Ori Vidislavski Classic horror film sound. A bit retro, typical 'haunted house' or monsters horror flick. Chamber orchestra, scattered piano, nervous strings. Deadly monsters lurk, perhaps a werewolf or other horrible creature. Mischievous. Great as Halloween music, parody, animation etc. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
403425 1:56 Medium   
Loop A - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
403423 0:11 Med Slow 88   
Loop B - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
403421 0:26 Medium 125   
Loop C - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
403422 0:21 Medium   
Loop D - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
403424 0:18 Medium   
30sec - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
403569 0:30 Medium   
60sec - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
403570 1:01 Medium   

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