Furious Sounds That Rocked Cinema Pt. 2: Slash It Up!
There have been several important director/composer collaborations throughout cinema history and one of its most well established and unique was Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann. For Psycho (1960), coined the “godfather of slasher films” by cineasts, Herrmann created a rapidly paced, macabre masterpiece of bright shrieking strings and brass cues bringing the horror/suspense movie theme to its apex. The film’s iconic score has since been replicated and reinvented many times over the years in films ranging from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) to Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator (1985). The film itself also influenced both the Italian giallo films of the 60s and 70s and the American slasher genre craze of the 1980s.