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9 Horror Soundtracks That Will Give You Nightmares


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One of the advantages movies have over books is the sonic potential of music. Many a story can be lifted by a good soundtrack, and in the horror genre, it’s absolutely essential to establishing the proper mood. So here are some movies that got the music just right in order to provide the proper amount of heebie-jeebies.

9. Insidious

Joseph Bishara has done some chilling work for the new-school horror hit.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street

Charles Bernstein’s theme for Freddy Krueger’s reign of terror remains firmly in the subconscious of those he freaked out in 1984. Honorable mention for the kids singing “One, Two, Freddy’s coming for you…”

7. Near Dark

Synth music can seem cheesy, but Tangerine Dream’s theme is just unsettling with its repetitive bassline.

6. Suspiria

Goblin just goes all out with the weirdness to make the hair on our necks stand up.

5. 28 Days Later

The tension of John Murphy’s score makes an already-tense movie… well, more intense.

4. Nosferatu

Say what you will about Werner Herzog’s 1978 “vampyre” film, but Popol Vuh’s theme hits the right balance between epic and eerie.

3. Jaws

John Williams’ famous tune is so great that it has become synonymous with all sharks everywhere.

2. The Exorcist

Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” brings all the horror right back to you with each listen.

1. Halloween

Not only is John Carpenter’s theme iconic and scary, but even the talentless can approximate it on a piano.

Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake featured a badass remix of the classic tune. Give it a listen below:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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