The Takeaway's Halloween Playlist

Friday, October 28, 2011

It could be a tense orchestral crash of instruments ("Thus Sprach Zarathustra"), or held in just a few feverish notes on a piano ("Halloween"). Whatever it is, the music from movies we think of as spooky plays a big part in raising those hairs on our neck and getting us to reach out for a (hopefully live) hand to hold. John Schaefer, host of New York Public Radio’s "Soundcheck" joins us with a playlist of some of the scariest music ever recorded.

Check out The Takeaway's Halloween playlist on Tumblr.

Guests:

John Schaefer

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [7]

Mayson

Firing Caitlin was stupid. The right wing hates you whether you kowtow to them or not, and firing a staff member for exercising First Amendment rights is cowardly and evil.

Oct. 30 2011 03:50 AM
Mr. MeTimbers from novi, mi

Great segment I really enjoyed this!

The first thing that came to my mind at the intro to this was the slow creeping piano part in Eyes Wide Shut; so I was really happy to hear the other song with the backwards chant featured.

Also really surprised to hear Burzum on the show!

Oct. 29 2011 02:44 PM
Gary Pollmiller from Parsons, Kansas

I know it's a Sci-Fi film, but the 1951 original, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was one that really scared me as a youngster. It has become one of my favorites, in my opinion much better than the recent remake. Perhaps it is the synthesized music which was used.

Oct. 28 2011 11:14 AM
Gary Pollmiller from Parsons, Kansas

I know it's a Sci-Fi film, but the 1951 original, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was one that really scared me as a youngster. It has become one of my favorites, in my opinion much better than the recent remake.

Oct. 28 2011 11:07 AM
Mike Nelson from Denver, Colorado

Herzog's 1979 Nosferatu with Klaus Kinski. The opening credits panning the mummies in Guanajuato, Mexico accompanied by Popoh Vuh's music was fantastic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxE4yITfRLo&feature=player_embedded

Oct. 28 2011 09:54 AM
Ben from NYC

This one is gallow's humor with extra gallow's and my fave this year. Features dogbrain, with Bobby Watson on sax. Funny/spooky music video. "My Reprieve" by Dogbrain.

http://vimeo.com/31162588

Oct. 28 2011 09:46 AM
margaret vandervoort

How about posting a playlist of the songs mentioned during the Soundcheck interview for those of us who are memory impaired? I really enjoyed the segment.

Oct. 28 2011 07:40 AM

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