What do you need for a successful zombie film? Blood, guns, blades, and… music? Music and film work hand in hand to create a greater sense of tension in the horror genre. Jump scares wouldn’t make you jump without the accompanying musical sting. Music communicates mood and tension to your audience, contextualizing your shots and your story.
I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. Music in the show is rare, but its emphasis on blues and folk really drive home the setting. You never forget that you’re in the rural American South, and it’s not just because of Rick, Maggie, and Herschel’s accents. In honor of its recent season premiere, I put together this amusing short for Muserk. Watch it and find out what happens when you choose the wrong music for your zombie film.
(Sharp eyed horror fans will recognize this footage from the big daddy flick that started the whole genre, The Night of the Living Dead. This film actually entered the public domain a few years ago, so I can use it for my own short. Don’t try this with any more recent films though, or someone’s lawyer is probably going to kick down your door and eat your brains.)