Some of the most iconic horror movie scores are creepy in and of themselves. Listen to “Tubular Bells” from The Exorcist and it recalls Linda Blair’s scarred face and twisting noggin. Or listen to John Carpenter’s theme from Halloween and you can sense Michael Myers down the hall coming right at you with a kitchen knife.
Of course, if you take those themes and reinterpret them in a major key, the songs are really kind of pleasant. Annoyingly pleasant.
The above changes to the X-Files, Halloween, Saw, Exorcist, and A Nightmare on Elm Street themes are the work of Ian Gordon (here’s a link to his Band Camp page).
Okay, maybe the Freddy one is still sort of creepy. Then again, the Nightmare on Elm Street series has a weird history with unscary songs. For evidence, check out The Fat Boys’ video for the song “Are You Ready for Freddy?” which appeared on the soundtrack for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.[via Blood Disgusting]