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The Most Memorable Music Themes

For Fantasy, Horror and Sci-fi TV Shows

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I do get spooked easily but I still enjoy watching scary shows, especially the classic fantasy, horror and sci-fi television series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Twilight Zone." These shows have become part of our culture and has inspired countless other TV series including "The X-Files." Aside from the stories, another thing that has been ingrained in our psyche are the music themes of these shows.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents – A television series hosted by legendary producer and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. This show premiered in 1955 and featured stories that range from suspense to mysteries. The music theme of this series is titled “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod.

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  • Watch episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” on Hulu

    Hammer House of Horror - This television show was produced by the British film company, Hammer Films. It premiered in 1980 and used a manor house called Hampden House as its main setting. The theme music for this show was written by Roger Webb and performed by the Roger Webb Orchestra. The show ran for 13 weeks.

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    Tales from the Crypt – This television horror series premiered in 1989 on the HBO cable channel and aired until 1996. The show was based on a series by EC Comics, namely “Tales from the Crypt,” “Vault of Horror” and “Shock Superstories.” The music theme of this series was written by Danny Elfman.

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    Tales from the Darkside – This 1980s fantasy/horror/sci-fi television series was produced by George Andrew Romero. The theme music for this show was co-written by Donald Rubinstein and Erica Lindsay with voice over by Paul Sparer.

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    Twilight Zone – From screenwriter Rod Serling comes what is considered to be one of the best horror and sci-fi television series of all time. This show originally ran from 1959 to 1964 and was so successful that it inspired several revivals as well as a movie. The music intro for Twilight Zone is also one of the most recognizable music themes for television. The said music comes from the show’s second season and was written by Marcus Constant with narration by Rod Serling.

  • Listen to the music theme courtesy of YouTube
  • Watch episodes of “Twilight Zone” from CBS

    The X-Files – A hit and multi-awarded sci-fi television series that aired from 1993 to 2002 on Fox. This show features two FBI agents; Fox Mulder played by actor David Duchovny, and Dana Scully played by actress Gillian Anderson. The success of this TV series spawned two full-length films. The music theme of this show was created by composer Mark Snow.

  • Listen to the music theme courtesy of YouTube
  • Watch episodes of “The X-Files” from Hulu
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