In retrospect this probably would have been a better post for around Halloween rather than a day after New Years, but I didn’t think of it until now so here we are.
I’ve done lists of badass video game music before, but in-game tracks have the power to make us feel any number of emotions. Here, we have songs that make us feel anywhere from uneasy to downright terrified.
Some of these are from non-horror games, and a few can be played in MIDI form, but they’re still pretty damn scary. See if you agree.
1. Lavender Town (Pokemon)
This is the track that inspired this whole list for me. If I ever have a truly terrifying nightmare, usually it’s this song that’s playing in the background.
2. Drowning (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Perhaps this isn’t “spooky” like some of the rest of these, but it’s the most terrifying son on this list if you’re swimming under water without an air bubble in sight.
3. The Windmill Song (Ocarina of Time)
I might be alone in thinking this track is creepy, but the effect is greatly amplified by the guy in the windmill with that look on his face.
4. Prayer (Silent Hill)
There are a bunch of tracks from Silent Hill to choose from, but “prayer” is one of the most unnerving. Who is praying? What are they saying? What are they saying???
5. Eternal Stairs (Super Mario 64)
I forgot about this until I was doing research for this article, but now that I’m remembering, this was a really out of place creepy moment as you realized you would never get up those mysterious stairs.