The Stranger Things score is coming out on vinyl in just a matter of days, and while that’ll make for a terrific Halloween soundtrack, part of the reason it’s so great is because of the classic horror film music it’s based upon. Thankfully, Mondo has taken the liberty of releasing a slew of classic, synth-laden horror film scores, as well as those of some newer but decidedly influenced by ’80s Halloween-ready movies, and we can’t wait to hear them.
Well, we can already hear the older ones, since they’ve been available for years, but new life has been breathed into them with some wonderful original artwork, such as Randy Ortiz’s illustration for the cover of Jay Chattaway’s Maniac – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The low-budget 1980 horror film follows a… maniac… serial killer who scalps his targets and it became a cult classic despite lukewarm reviews in its day. If it sound familiar, perhaps you’re aware of the 2012 remake starring Elijah Wood.
Then there’s the Bruce Broughton soundtrack for the 1987 horror comedy The Monster Squad, which is far more chilling than the family-friendly movie that it scores. The film features six kids forced to go toe-to-toe with some of the scariest and most recognized monsters in horror history: The Mummy, The Wolfman, The Gillman, and Dracula. This is another one of those films only hailed long after its release, because despite its shortcomings, it’s good, campy fun.
Lastly, Mondo is also dropping two more contemporary soundtracks: DEATHGASM – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and Rats – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which contains the music from Morgan Spurlock’s upcoming Discovery Channel documentary and will only be available digitally.
These releases will become available on Wednesday at Noon CST, so head here at the appropriate time and round out your vinyl collection with some spooky records.