Friday, September 23, 2005

The Halloween Sound of Horror

A budget Halloween CD by Scarewear. This one sounds like it was thrown together on a cheap cassette 4-track. It freely samples various music bits from jazz to moody soundtracks and overlays growling, grunts and even samples from the classic Halloween record 'Sounds to Make You Shiver' AKA 'Horror Sounds of the Night'

Halloween Sound of Horror - Thriller (mp3)
This is the standout section from the one-track CD. It starts out with an overwrought "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!" and blasts into a cheese version of Thriller. Grunts and howls swirl about with violins and some freak-out psychedelic music.

Halloween Sound of Horror - Organ Grinding (mp3)
Stomping, door creaks, broken glass, growls and howls collaged with a spooky organ.


Anonymous Chris said...

This shows how much of a sound effects geek I am. I bet these folks lifted these cuts right off cassette and tried to use a little noise reduction on them. I never owned the original tapes but got copies of both of these from a friend. Unfortunately that stuff is lost now. But the bit with Thriller seems to come from a Hallmark tape. A lot of the sound effects for that track sound like they came from side 2 of the Halloween Horrors LP on A&M. And I agree about the music selection. The organ bit came from a tape I was given put out on the Topstone label, and I especially like that section again because of the vintage sound effects on it. Shame you can't get these CDs mail-order as this one might be an interesting one to have. I was lucky that I got the Halloween CDsthat I did from the dollar store nearby before they ran out.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.K. well My Mom bought the Horror Sounds Of The Night Tape for a Haloween and we alsobmerant tapes but the Horror Sounds Of The Night is by far the very best. I'm looking for some background on it because my mom and i think that the sounds were taken from old old Horror Movies. My faveorate part is at the beggining and i love that it sounds so old and isn't all high def-ish it sounds creepyer!!

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Erich Reinhardt said...

I used to have that tape a very long time ago, and boy did it scare me to death! My father used to play this tape every other Halloween, before he and my mother got separated. I used to not like going to his house because of that tape. Now, by listening to "Sounds to Make You Shiver" years later, I began to recognize some of the sound effects from that record that were on the tape. I just don't understand why every montage on Side B somehow sounds identical to the other. The one thing that really gives me the shivers is that really creepy sound that sounds like a demented train whistle, and somewhat like a vaccuum cleaner, and the organ bit. I hate it when Halloween albums have an organ bit. It just doesn't set the mood. I think of it as just something thrown on there because of its Halloween theme. I sure don't wanna hear that again, boy oh boy!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Erich Reinhardt said...

You know, listening to the organ grinder excerpt sounds kinda like it could be a snippet from side A of "Horror Sounds of the Night", though I only remember hearing side B of it. I remember hearing the last part of the organ bit that starts at about 3:54, after the demented train whistle/vaccuum cleaner sound, and then hearing the witch laugh from "Sounds To Make You Shiver". Now I'm curious. Where do you suppose that organ music originally come from? I'm guessing somebody at Topstone had a record of pipe organ music that he/she probably thought was scary sounding, and they just threw that bit on there. My second guess is that they actually took a tape recorder to a cathedral and then have the organist play some scary music. That's just my guess. Does anyone who worked at Topstone know the story behind this? Please post your comments here. Thanks!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Erich Reinhardt said...

OK, I think I know where they got that eerie noise that comes before the organ on side B of "Horror Sounds of the Night". It's the "Phantom of the Opera ('organ' sounds)" track from "Sound Effects Volume 13: Death and Horror" released by the BBC in 1977. I'm 18 now, and listening to this bit 10 years later still gives me the creeps. Oh man!!!!!!!!!!! Can I be able to sleep tonight? I will continue to post more info as I continue my research on the sources for this cassette.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Erich Reinhardt said...

I finally figured out where the organ music came from. It's the "Phantom of the Cathedral" track on "Ghostly Sounds" released by Power Records, but it sounds like it came from the later pressing. And it stills gives me the creeps! Oh boyyy.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Erich Reinhardt said...

You know, I wonder if this version of "The Phantom of the Cathedral" (Organ Grinder) actually came from the "Horror Sounds of the Night" tape released by Topstone, because there is a lot of distortion on that clip and that's what makes it creepy. The original Power Records version would sound a lot cleaner; course Topstone was a novelty company who really didn't care much about the quality of the recording.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stuff heard on the first .mp3 was originally from a cassette called "Chamber of Horrors" (there was also a version called "The Haunting/Chamber of Horrors"). Interestingly enough, one of the musical segments in it was also used as the scene transition music for the "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" cartoon!

-Atomic Mystery Monster

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been looking for the "Chamber of Horrors" for so long. Does anyone know where I can download the full version? Or is there anyone that could email it to me?

I'd like to have this classic in my possession again.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I've listened to this tape, HORROR SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT, since I was a kid. My house burned down and I lost the tape in the fire. Any chance of reposting the file for download. Thank you.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Chamber of Horrors can be found at under "Music".

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant be downloaded

4:33 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

As I say both of these recordings can be found shared at Under "Music". Just do a Search for the title(s).

Dave W.

11:06 PM  

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