With another Halloween approaching, horror, thriller, and supernatural films
come to the fore. Many of these pictures feature original music by composers
who have the gift for pushing our buttons and sending our pulses racing.
Bernard Herrmann, a frequent collaborator with director Alfred Hitchcock,
helped make history with his searing, astringent score for Psycho (1960).
Violins have never quite seemed the same. Nor has taking a shower.