Welcome to our celebration of the art of the zombie movie soundtrack.
Horror soundtracks have always entranced us – they often take on a life of their own, and stay with you for much longer than the movie does, triggering the essence and the atmosphere of the movie for years to come – feelings that resonate as chemical rushes in your central nervous system. We get that feeling every-time we hear the opening to the Day of the Dead soundtrack.
Horror films that you thought were incredible in your youth may diminish in impact and importance over the years, but it is rare for good soundtracks to do the same.
Free from the commercial pressures (although less so these days), the zombie film soundtrack has allowed session musicians, and known artists, a space to create atmosphere, and it has historically been home to a vast array of styles: classical, jazz, progressive rock, metal, dark synths etc…pretty much everything has been tried with varying effect.
We have collected together a list below of all the zombie film soundtracks that we can get our hands on, and have included a short essay, photos of the album sleeve, and links allowing you to stream, or buy the soundtrack where possible.
You will find a huge array of talent here, from the famous to the unknown, including: John Carpenter, Richard Kelly, Alan Howarth, Claudio Simonetti, Goblin, John Harrison, Fabio Frizzi, and many more, you will find them all lurking in the movies below.
1930s Zombie movie soundtracks
|Revolt of the Zombies||1936||Various||Soundtrack|
1940s Zombie movie soundtracks
|The Ghost Breakers||1940||Ernst Toch||Soundtrack|
|I Walked with a Zombie||1943||Various||Soundtrack|
1950s Zombie movie soundtracks
|The Zombies of Mora Tau||1957||Mischa Bakaleinakoff||Soundtrack|
|Plan 9 from Outer Space||1959||Various||Soundtrack|
1960s Zombie movie soundtracks
|Dr Blood’s Coffin||1961||Buxton Orr||Soundtrack|
|The Last Man on Earth||1964||Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter||Soundtrack|
|Rome Against Rome||1964||Roberto Nicolosi||Soundtrack|
|Terror Creatures from the Grave||1965||Aldo Piga||Soundtrack|
|The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies||1965||André Brummer and Libby Quinn||Soundtrack|
|The Plague of the Zombies||1966||James Bernard||Soundtrack|
|Night of the Living Dead||1968||Various||Soundtrack|
1970s Zombie movie soundtracks
|Tombs of the Blind Dead||1971||Artist name||Soundtrack|
|Garden of the Dead||1972||Jaime Mendoza-Nava||Soundtrack|
|Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things||1973||Carl Zittrer||Soundtrack|
|Vengeance of the Zombies||1973||Juan Carlos Calderón||Soundtrack|
|A Virgin Among the Living Dead||1973||Bruno Nicolai||Soundtrack|
|Sugar Hill||1974||The Originals||Soundtrack|
|House of Seven Corpses||1974||Bob Emenegger||Soundtrack|
|The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue||1974||Giuliano Sorgini||Soundtrack|
|Shock Waves||1977||Richard Einhorn||Soundtrack|
|Les Raisins de la Mort||1978||Philippe Sissmann||Soundtrack|
|Dawn of the Dead||1978||Goblin||Soundtrack|
|Zombie Flesh Eaters||1979||Fabio Frizzi||Soundtrack|