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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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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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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 2:13 Med Slow 101   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


SUSPENS - (by Dmitriy Efimov)  Year: 2014
Dmitriy Efimov Dark atmospheric track. The gloomy dangerous and uncertain ambient creates intense mood. Will work with dark scenes in TV/Film or video games projects. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
797221 2:28 Medium 120   


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   


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   


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   


PASSIONS BLUR - (by Kevin Saunders Hayes)  Year: 2009
Kevin Saunders Hayes Mysterious, calm, quiet, mournful, introspective. Chilling music that puts you on edge, perfect for film scores, lurking, video games and other dramatizations requiring edgy music. Action thriller, evil plotting, murderer hiding. Haunting and frightening moods to instill fear. Torture tension ghosts, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
490555 2:24 Fast 159   


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   


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   


CREEPY CRAWLY FUN - (by Media Music Pro)  Year: 2009
Media Music Pro A dark, spooky and playfully scary “it’s alive” chamber orchestra piece that is ideal for evoking a fun, sneaky, creepy crawly atmosphere. Piercing string jabs, levitating woodwind chords, low slithering strings, mischievous brass and pizzicato strings conjure up a bizarre mix of frightening comedy. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
339271 1:38 Slow 60   
Variation A - Horror, Halloween Whimsical
330916 0:45 Slow 60   
Variation B - Horror, Horror Action Moderate
334762 0:54 Slow 60   


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 ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR X - (by MX47)  Year: 2008
MX47 Big, sweeping, string-filled dramatic film soundtrack cue reflecting the mystery and suspense of a diabolical plot. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
289310 1:46 Medium 126   


SCARY TWO - (by Ross Martin)  Year: 2008
Ross Martin This fast atonal synth string piece features bowed and plucked strings. It has a Hitchcockian kind of theme. Good for Horror/Mystery works or Background Music. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
293806 1:00 Fast 154   


A TWISTED LONDON BRIDGE - (by Bobby Cole)  Year: 2013
Bobby Cole Scary Version of London Bridge. A great piece of exciting and unique royalty free music perfect for Film, TV, Computer Games, Radio, New Media, Apps, and much more! This track is from the Catch 22 Music Network - a network of genre specific royalty free production music websites. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
600770 1:47 Med Slow   


ENERGETICO - (by Rob Laber)  Year: 2009
Rob Laber Tense, exciting action music that starts quietly and builds. Nervous energy increases, warning of danger and confrontation, reaching a rhythmic climax and brief relaxation of tension at the end. The instrumentation features orchestral string section, vigorous rhythmic timpani solo and French horns. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
344998 3:59 Med Fast 130   


ANSWER THE DOOR - (by David Lopeti)  Year: 2007
David Lopeti Suspenseful like early, chilly thrillers. Insistent doorbell rings as dark & frightening orchestral suspense music plays. Horror Halloween prank Freddy Jason Elm Street. Is it Satan at the door? Super campy, 1950's, 1960's horror flick, home invasion, creepy neighbors. American Beauty, Danny Elfman, Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller  
431975 0:45 Building 120   


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 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   


SYMPHONY OF FEAR - (by D. Silverstone)  Year: 2010
D. Silverstone Edgy and dramatic cinematic orchestral music: Strings Quartet And Brass Section In a Tension, Horror, Thriller Mood. Classical Avant Garde, mystery and sneaky. spooky Instrumental Theme Ideal for suspenseful Soundtrack, Underscore and Background Music. Instrumental, Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Horror, Classic Retro Thriller
479664 0:52 Medium 106   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   


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   

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