October 30: A Film with a "Killer" Soundtrack


Recommended: Psycho
Another option: The Neon Demon

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, scored by Bernard Hermann, is in a class of its own when it comes to film soundtracks of any genre. The film uses a strings-only orchestra to lend the score a sort of lonely spareness, as well as its well-known screeching and yowling during the notorious shower scene.

The Neon Demon, on the other hand, is a difficult film to easily classify. Viewers have accused it of being trashy, shallow and pretentious. Others have called it laughable and gross. And still others have pointed to it as an electrifying and mesmerizing feature, one that perfectly captures the vacuousness of the fashion industry. And the thing is...all of these descriptions are right. 

One thing that most folks would agree on, however, is that the film has a kick-ass soundtrack. Scored by Cliff Martinez, who also did the soundtrack for Netflix hit "Stranger Things," much of the music for Neon Demon is spooky EDM laced with an aggressive hostility perfectly matched for the film's lead characters. These tracks alternate with others that evoke a broken down music box, creating a soundtrack that has incredible depth and texture.

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