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Gene Moore

Though he worked professionally as a blues drummer who backed the likes of Brownie McGhee, Gene Moore also penned one of the creepiest scores in movie history. Moore's delightfully otherworldly score was one of the primary reasons that Carnival of Souls, a Grade Z 1962 horror flick made on a shoestring budget, has become a cult classic (it was remade by Wes Craven in 1998). As screenwriter John Clifford noted, were it not for Moore's score, more than half the film would have been silent; its presence gave the movie a ghastly, ghostly atmosphere that made it distinctive and memorable. These ethereal from- beyond-the-grave organ compositions will put your teeth on edge and make you start checking in closets and behind doors for ghosts and monsters.