Movie themes, especially in horror, have become just as iconic as the characters associated with them. Perhaps the most well-known is Halloween's main theme, composed by director John Carpenter himself. Minimalistic in its approach, it's nothing more than an escalating piano tune that is so thick with tension it's palpable. Other iconic themes include "Tubular Bells," composed by Mike Oldfield for the album of the same name and used in the film Exorcist; although not as popular as the other two, the theme from Candyman, which bears a striking similarity to the song "Phantom Limb" by Baltimore-based metal act Polkadot Cadaver.

Other pseudo themes include "1, 2 Freddy's Coming For You" (does it even have a name?) from A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the "ki ki ki ma ma ma" that signifies the impending doom of another vapid teenager in the Friday the 13th franchise. For a modern twist we have the Saw theme song, a surefire sign of its iconic status coming from not only the release of the series' sixth installment but the fact that the theme is now being used in other trailers, such as the one for Richard Kelly's The Box.

But something is missing. A waltz perhaps.
Enter Andre Toulon and his army of murderous puppets. Puppet Master remains one of my favorite franchises, if only because it's among some of my earliest horror memories. After a chance reintroduction the other night, I was reminded of just how amazing the opening theme from Puppet Master really is. Although I don't believe the theme carried over to the other films in the franchise, the theme, when taken in the context of the film, is eerily appropriate. A waltz that shifts from darkly magical to delightfully whimsical, it serves as a perfect ditty for both the love Toulon has for his creation and their murderous inclinations.

But beyond that it's just an awesome song. Waltzes are perfect for some films, so don't be surprised if another pops up on a future installment of Movie Themes We Love

categories Horror