Scary Movie Music: Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells in The Exorcist

Scary Movie Review: The Exorcist

In the month of October, Liberty Park Music presents you the 2nd episode of theme music analysis in our annual Halloween Horror Movie reviews. For our first video, we dissected John Carpenter’s revolutionary film Halloween. This time round, our very own movie junkie Nick Vaky selected an all-time horror film: The Exorcist. He evaluated the melodies used in the film and how each element work its way to get under your skin - or not!

The Exorcist, adapted from a novel with the exact title, turned into a cult classic when it rolled out in 1973. The accompanying music became equally popular and it was repeatedly recycled in horror games and videos. You might have come across this tune at some point in your life which appears to be seemingly familiar, yet you couldn’t quite remember the source? It might have been Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.

From time signature to chords, Vaky tells you why this track possibly is a misfit for the widely-acclaimed film!

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