Halloween horror sound effects Asbjoern Andersen


Halloween is just around the corner, so we’ve dimmed the lights and compiled this Ultimate Guide to Halloween Sound Effects for you.

First off, we take a look at 13 horror sound libraries that will terrify your listeners, share the inside-story behind the sound for a number of scary horror movies, and guides to ways you can create your own nightmare-inducing sounds.

We’ve also hand-picked some tips for creating spooky sound effects + found some interesting behind-the-scenes videos on horror/gore sound design (and what makes for a scary sound in the first place):



 

Popular Horror Sound Effects Right Now:

Here are 3 horror sound effects libraries that are popular right now:

  • Genres Magic and Spell Sounds Play Track 682 sounds included, 29 mins total $25 $19

    Magic and Spell Sounds is a custom designed sound library covering many types of magic and spells. From shining in the light to bringing darkness.

    Elements: electricity, energy, fireballs, ice, vines, rock, wind and water. Covering actions such as: blasts, casting, conjuring, impacts, healing and more.

    682 total sounds (422 magic and spell sounds, 260 bonus sounds from Pro Sound Collection).

    ALL sounds from this library Magic and Spell Sounds are included in our full sound library Pro Sound Collection. So if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.

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  • Drones & Moods Tension Play Track 430+ sounds included $99

    Tension is a collection of atmospheres, drones, musical sound design, darkness, noise, and distortion for creating moments of anxiety, ominous soundscapes, or musical foreboding highlights. Created by Charles Maynes (sound designer) and Jason Payne (musical composer) Tension creates a balance where both sound design and musical undertones collide. Tension gets you 430+ sounds and 7.5GB of 24bit/96khz files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer & Basehead metadata.

    Tension includes sound effects such as:

    Ambient Experimental • Musical Sound Design • Distortion and Noise • Drones • Experimental • Stingers • Vocal Experimental • Waterphones + Bonus Original Material from the Doom Drones Soundpack!
  • Horror Bloodlust Play Track 1131 sounds included, 41 minutes mins total $59

    Now you don’t have to kill anyone to get these types of sounds! No more mafia boss interactions, No need to arrange meetings with your hitman, No need to lure unsuspecting victims to your recording location!

View all the popular Horror libraries here

13 Horror Sound Libraries That Will Get Under Your Skin:

It’s time to celebrate some of the horrific sound libraries that the community has released. We have zombies, beasts, gore, suspenseful ambiences, cinematic effects, and much more – so if you’re looking to send some chills down your listeners’ spines, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for here:

Cinematic Darkness Bundle
 
  • We enter the next round of absolutely striking new SFX! CINEMATIC DARKNESS is the fourth release in our grand CINEMATIC series and is absolutely no less exciting than its predecessors: dirty BLASTS, scary DRONES, digital GLITCHES, synthetic SCREAMS, disturbing STUTTERS, creepy NOISE – the list continues as we have packed more than 15 GB of high-quality SFX into this collection.

    CINEMATIC DARKNESS has been co-produced with sound designer Sebastian Johnson who left his footprints in the world of sound design starting in the 90s with the first commercial library for the Waldorf Microwave and sound design for Ensoniq, Clavia, DSI, and recently for more than 40 blockbuster trailers in the last 4 years such as Gravity, World War Z, Godzilla, Maleficient, The Hobbit, Transcendence, The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Resident Evil 5, Star Trek & much more!

    Our new library comes all nasty, disturbing & unsettling. It’ll shake you to the core & without a doubt it will power your next project. Evil, murky, harsh, synthetic and edgy are only a few characteristics of CINEMATIC DARKNESS. You have the possibility to customize this collection to your very own needs: the CONSTRUCTION KIT offers you high-quality source recordings to be creatively processed, while the DESIGNED version comes in handy with pre-designed, “ready-to-use” sounds, ideal for time-scarce projects. CINEMATIC DARKNESS is the next generation of evil SFX – add a wicked new tone to your sound pool!

First, we bring you the intense effects from BOOM Library's 'Cinematic Darkness Bundle'. In this collection, you'll hear hundreds of bone-chilling blockbuster quality sounds from synthetic screams and insane stutters to sinister noise and creepy drones. It was co-produced with sound designer Sebastian Johnson of World War Z and Resident Evil 5 fame, so you can be sure you're getting top-of-the-line unsettling sounds!
 
Six Monsters
 
  • Bring the monsters to life! Bestial roars, screams and murmurs of 6 bizarre creatures. From brutal, deep growls to sharp, ear-pearcing screeches.

    Each character has several expression variations, such as “talk”, “scream”, “hit”, “attack” or “death”.

    Monsters included:
    Black Boss – brutal and dirty, hardcore metal-styled, saturated beast
    Behemoth – deeply-growling, dark animal from shadow swamps
    Ghoul – deeply-burbling, stagnant undead being
    TwinHead – eerie, weird beast with multiple mutated vocal-cords
    CruelGoblin – sharp, piercing, damned sabre-teeth mutant
    DeadBaby – sharp, high-pitched, demonic spirit of an unlucky toddler

    The SFX demo consists of several 6Monsters sounds mixed with a light spatial effect and an ambience from The Horrid library.

If you're looking for something more organic and beastly, then 'Six Monsters' by Lukáš Tvrdoň may have what you're looking for. In this library you'll hear the growls, screams, and deaths of folkloric monsters like behemoths, ghouls, and goblins, as well as the 'TwinHead', 'Black Boss', and 'DeadBaby'. What is creepier than that? Each imagined beast also has several expressions that will raise the hair of anyone listening.
 
STOMPS – Creature Footsteps
 
  • We're incredibly excited to introduce the 'STOMPS – Creature Footsteps' sound effects library – these are footsteps like you’ve never heard them before!

    STOMPS is a massive collection of more than 8,500 files to boost your creativity and help you add special footstep sounds to your new project.

    The library is organized into 3 categories –
    Source, Textures, Design:

    In the Source category you’ll find the “best of” several hours worth of our recordings sessions, with more than 7,500 files (with lots of variations) organized into 83 folders. Every single sound is the product of a new recording.

    You’ll find the sequences that include: 2 Legs WALKING, 2 Legs RUNNING, 4 Legs GALLOPING, 4 Legs TROTTING, and 4 Legs WALKING.

    We used all kinds of weird props to record original, versatile sounds with lot of character, different textures, and in very different frequency ranges.

    These sounds form the DNA of your future footsteps. You’ll have lots of different sound colours to play with, ranging from very small and harsh sounds to very low and bold ones, and all the ranges in between.


    In the Texture category, you’ll find more than 600 sounds with different textures to help you customize your footsteps. These textures are also a very valuable sonic material that will help you construct lots of varying sound design work.


    Finally, we have the Design category. Here you’ll find more than 500 processed sounds created by veteran sound designer Michel Marchant, covering a wide range of characters like Robots, Snow Creatures, Distant Dinosaurs, Rock Golems, Armies, Colossus and many, many more!

    With “STOMPS, Creature Footsteps,” you’ll have anything you’ll need to create everything from small creature footsteps to big, out-of-this-world ones.

Perhaps you have the beast vocalizations you need, but you want your monstrosities to sneak up on your audience or even pummel them. 'STOMPS – Creature Footsteps' by Bonson has over 8,500 sounds of footsteps for hellish monsters like Kaiju, giant crabs, T-Rex, Kronos, hellions, pirate zombies, and even androids, rock giants, sociopathic mechs, and an evil Santa. You'll hear these beasts walking, running, galloping, and trotting their way to their prey - your audience!
 
Infected Zone
 
  • Horror Infected Zone Play Track 200+ sounds included, 35 mins total

    Get more than 200 zombie style sound effects (in 92 audio files) with Infected Zone.

    You will find ambiences, drones, musical elements, cinematic impacts, zombie hordes, bites, bone breaks, zombies eating, intestine movements, blood drips, stabs, gunshots, machine guns, vocalizations and more.

    These sounds are great for any kind of zombie/horror production (games, trailers, movies).

    Don’t be afraid to enter the ‘INFECTED ZONE’

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For a horror collection, your library wouldn't be complete without a little undead gore. 'Infected Zone' by MatiasMacSD has over 200 sounds of zombies biting, breaking bones, eating flesh, digesting said flesh, dripping blood, and traveling in hordes. It also features sounds of self-defense with stabs, gunshots, and machine guns, as well as suspenseful ambiences, drones, musical elements, and cinematic impacts. If your project features those 'zed', this library has the horrific deaths and troubling atmospheres you need.
 
Just Transitions – Creepy Trailers
 
  • Here you find a composite collection of designed, frightening Whooshes, creepy Transitions and haunting Movements to spice up your Trailers, Cut Scenes, Games and Movies.
    From ancient fantasy to futuristic horror projects, here you’ll find the appropriate sound that brings out the goose bumps.
    Subtile haunting movent sounds, roomy squeaks, harsh disurbing noises, magical whooshes, soaking reversed horror, terryfying stingers, …
    All sounds in this bundle were created by heavy sound design, layering and automation. Using hundreds recorded sounds of impacts, scrapes, swishes and anything else that has a unique motion envelope.
    Even breaks, endings and transitions of all different kinds of music will get that extra kick with this sound library – it gets you the sounds that'll bring out the goosebumps.

To get your audience primed for nail-biting scenes and jump-out-of-your-chair scares, you'll need to set the mood with an intense trailer. 'Just Transitions – Creepy Trailers' by SoundBits has 270 frightening whooshes, haunting noises, unexpected stingers, and complex motions that sound like they're coming for you. Each of these intricately designed sounds will add a terrifying edge to your trailer and give your game a petrifying atmosphere.
 
Atmosfear
 
  • Horror Atmosfear Play Track 50 sounds included, 31 mins total

    Featuring sounds taken from lo-fi instrumental recordings, harsh noise experiments and granular synthesis explorations, Atmosfear is a gritty soundscape collection geared towards the horror genre. With a distinctly unpolished production style to bring a rough edge to your scenario, these sounds can be used to invoke feelings of suspense, dread, tension, fear and doom into your characters and environments.

    What does an industrial scale torture chamber in an abandoned asylum sound like? What about a high-voltage electrical possession? Find the answer to these questions and more with Atmosfear. Enter if you dare.

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Coming from the imaginations of Glitchedtones, 'Atmosfear' has ambiences that capture the emotions of being in a dire situation. From industrial torture chambers to abandoned asylums, these detailed, droning backgrounds will find their way right into your audience's psyche, convincing them they will never escape. With edgy synthesis and traces of creepy tones, these sounds have a sense of dread that is essential for your foreboding rooms.
 
Scream Collection
 
  • Introducing the Scream Collection (A Tribute To Wilhelm). This library pays homage to the infamous Wilhelm Scream first heard in the film Distant Drums as well as dozens, if not hundreds, of other films. This compilation includes 441 vocal effects ranging from startled gasps to all out screams.

Sometimes all you need is a good, clean scream and 'Scream Collection' by Bottle Rocket FX has just that! This library gets you over 440 screams, gasps, grunts, evil laughs, and more that will awaken a feeling of powerlessness and terrified empathy in your horror soundscapes. Featuring several actors both male and female, you'll get all the variations you need to create a tortured character or an iconic soundscape.
 
The Undead
 
  • These are no ordinary zombies, they’re not your mindless, shuffling, flesh craving human husks. An evil runs through what remains of these creatures’ bodies. Flesh has all but decayed from their bones and whatever humanity they had in life has long since departed.

    This library is dedicated to the chilling vocal sounds of the zombie. It is ideal for films and games, TV or trailers and includes 102 bespokely designed zombie vocal assets, including breaths, idle grunts and groans, attacks, pains, death, war cries and more.

    Whilst this library caters primarily for the more aggressive variant of the undead, it wouldn’t sound out of place when used on other terrifying abominations.

    All assets are delivered in 96kHz, 24-bit stereo files and include full Soundminer metadata.

This library presents the type of living dead that can pull the heart out of Simon Pegg's 'zombie values' with one swipe. The zombies in 'The Undead' by ShotgunMike have flesh that has rotted down to the bones so that their vocal folds are hanging by a string and their breath alone could kill you. You'll hear over 100 of their growls, bites, attacks, taunts and more, for a collection of vocalizations that is not only detailed and chilling but also paints a clear picture of what these monsters look like!
 
Gore Toolkit HD
 
  • A collection of over 530 96k/24bit HD Gore sound effects that comes with an additional 262 48k/24bit sounds FREE!  Come and get your body damage galore.  Punches, bone, blood, intestines, goops, splats, flesh movement, chewing, tearing, snapping, breaking, blade sounds… It’s BLOODY CARNAGE!

For the more sadistic designers out there, 'Gore Toolkit HD' by Soundopolis has the disgusting, twitch-inducing sounds of slasher horror films. You can almost see the glimmer of light shine across the knife before it plunges into flesh, striping the walls with blood. The library is divided into 'fresh gore' and 'classic gore', so you'll get sawing, tearing, chopping, and goops, as well as B-movie-inspired smacks, splats, squirts, and oozes to give your project some cruel flair.
 
Asylum
 
  • Horror Asylum Play Track 504 sounds included

    Scary horror sounds inspired by Hollywood Box office Hits – The Conjuring, The Exorcist and The Shining, we present to you the psychopath’s favorite: Asylum – Epic Stock Media’s hair-raising sound library of hollywood film scare tactics. Unchained access to some of the most cutting edge designed horror production sound effects in the world derived from stunning 192k 24bit recording sessions. Be the first to unleash our best sound library yet! Check the audio preview for spine chilling inspiration.

On the other side of classic horror movie sounds come those inspired by the frenzied, literary horror films of the '70s. With over 500 sounds, 'Asylum' by Epic Stock Media gets you the intense sound effects that liken themselves to The Exorcist and The Shining with intense rises from all textures. It has cymbal screeches, piano hits, reversed voices, whispers, whooshes, and moments that will make you grit your teeth - so if you're in the depths of designing a horror scene, this collection will be your cherry on top!
 
Doom Drones
 
  • Doom Drones contains more than 3Gb of eerie, doomful, dark, atmospheric field recordings, designed drones and backgrounds. Perfect for something in the realm of a David Lynch film, ambient music production, a horror film, or just to set the mood of a foreboding soundscape.

    Each artist made 60 custom loops for a total of 120 loops. With SoundMorph focusing more on field recordings and subtle tonal design and Arovane focusing more on dynamic synthetic textures and sound design. Both perfectly suitable as layers or final assets, depending on their use, Doom Drones is a great addition for anyone wanting to enhance dark ominous moments.

    All field recordings were captured with a mid/side stereo setup consisting of 2 Schoeps CMC6 bodies, Schoeps mk5 & mk8 capsules housed in a Rycote AE windshield running into a Sound Devices 722.

SoundMorph brings you a treat from the horrific tales from Lynchian affairs. In 'Doom Drones', you'll hear textures that fill the frequency spectrum with creeping organic sounds, dark swirling tones, abstract textures, and echoing booms that seem to suggest a vicinity that encapsulates you yet has no boundaries. Each of the 120 sounds is loopable, so these sounds are not only easy to implement, they might slowly drive your audience mad!
 
Bowed Cymbals
 
  • Bowed cymbals are one of those sound effects that just never get old.

    Perhaps it's the chilling sound of bow on bronze that puts us on the edge of our seat that we love so much. Or maybe it's the hauntingly beautiful tones that ring from a large ride cymbal with a large bow.

    Add some real bronze to your project today:

Other than a blood-curdling scream or a clean splatter, there is no sound more distinct to horror than the strange harmonics of bowed cymbal - which it doesn't hurt to have a whole library of them. Tonal Gurus brings you 49 versions of these iconic sounds in their library, 'Bowed Cymbals'. Using cymbals and bows of all shapes and sizes - including rides, hi-hats, chinas, crashes and more - this library has a performance to fit your horror story's every beat and horrifying discovery.
 
Dehumaniser 2
 
  • Dehumaniser 2 is a powerful vocal processing tool perfect for creature sound design. Utilising incoming live or pre-recorded signals, the software allows you to dynamically tailor effects while creating multi-layered sound instantly.

    Perfect for audio professionals, this versatile tool makes a strong addition to any film, TV or video game post-production process. Its flexibility also makes the plugin ideal for use in live environments, including theatre performances, Halloween attractions or voiceover/dialogue sessions.

    Ships with over 100 monstrous presets and 133 high-quality animal recordings, including Tigers, Leopards, Pigs, Parrots and more.

    System requirements:
    Dehumaniser is a VST/AU/AAX Plugin – requires a supported host/DAW. Covered under the Dehumaniser 2 EULA. An iLok account (available for free at ilok.com) is required to activate and use the software. A dongle is not required, but if you want to use one, an iLok 2 or later is the one to use.
Finally, for our horror roundup, we have the most versatile do-it-yourself monster vocalization plugin around. As part of the workflow for popular games known for their beasts, like Evolve, Killer Instinct, Doom, and Audio Defence: Zombie Arena, as well as films and TV shows like The Conjuring 2 and Sleepy Hollow, 'Dehumaniser 2' by Krotos Audio is the ultimate monster creation tool. It now has hundreds of presets, middleware compatibility for live performances, and many other handy features, so nothing can get in the way of your monstrous creation!
   

Want even more horror sounds? Check these out:

 

  • This Baby Tiger SFX library delivers a great collection of Bengal baby tiger recordings from our sound recordists in Thailand, presented in 192 khz, 24-bit WAV format. It offers a wide range of vocalisations in the unique timbre of a younger animal. This maintains the classic sound and aggression of the bengal tiger, but in a ‘bite-sized’ package!

    Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength. They live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. They are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals.

    These recordings are an ideal starting point for creature sound design, with a huge range of growls, cries and moans.

  • If you need sounds of gore, this SFX collection is truly something special. Delivering more than 600 sounds of blood, guts, bone breaks, sword and knife stabs and cuts, splatters, spurts, flesh tears, impacts – and sawing – its gets you a brutally effective collection of sounds to work with, both raw and designed.

  • Horror Cinematic Horror Play Track 500-1700+ sounds included

    This downright terrifying collection of horror sound effects – co-produced by Hollywood horror master Richard Adrian (The Hills Have Eyes, Gothika, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, House Of Wax, Haunted Hill, Mirrors etc) – is available in three different versions:

    CINEMATIC HORROR – DESIGNED:

    cinematic horror sound effects - designedWant an easy, high-quality solution for horror sound effects? You have a tight schedule and need to meet a bloody deadline by tomorrow? That calls for our CINEMATIC HORROR – DESIGNED collection: a handy pack full of pre-designed, ready-to-use SFX that crawl and slither into your projects, ready to scare the audience with precision. There are booms, drones, hits, shockers, stingers, stutters, whooshes and further nightmares, including screams and screeches, distortion, whispers, echoes, metal squeaks and other haunting sounds. No need to fear short-term inquiries anymore – this library will fix your needs in an instant.

    The CINEMATIC HORROR DESIGNED offers you a great selection of more than 4 GB high quality SFX, brought to you in more than 100 single files. Each file contains 4 versions to ensure flexibility and alternation. All of it recorded and produced in 96 kHz and 24-bit by horror expert Richard Adrian and our devoted sound designers. The library also comes with key word search and well-grounded Soundminer metadata.


    Key features:
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • Extremes, hits, drones, shockers, stingers, stutters, whooshes & more
    • 500+ HD SFX in 100+ files
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata


    CINEMATIC HORROR – CONSTRUCTION KIT:

    cinematic horror sound effects construction kitThis frightful collection not only creeps up your spine, but clasps your whole body. Symptoms such as cold skin, anxiety, dizziness, shivering, paleness and increased heart rate may occur, indicating the degree of sonic impact this library entails. The CINEMATIC HORROR CONSTRUCTION KIT is not for the sensitive nature, but for those who dare to play the complex facets of primeval fear. If you want to create something unique – the next terrifying attack, an evil twist, a horrifying moment of pure despair – this library should be your tool kit.

    A glance at the content list of the CINEMATIC HORROR CONSTRUCTION KIT suggests a dreadful future: ambients, drones (organic and synthetic), human sounds, impacts (e.g. guitar distortion, creepy clangs, smacks and thunks), metal impacts, metal squeaks and scrapes, rises, instruments (e.g. piano, violin, wine glass), metal scrapes, metal squeak, vocals and vocal choirs (breaths, laughs, exhales, screams (male and female), wood creaks, groans and more – all ready to follow your wicked phantasies and effects.

    These SFX come with more than 12 GB of high-quality source recordings delivered in 96 kHz, 24-bit, giving you only the best quality for heavy editing, pitching, and FX processing while keeping a top notch level of clarity and precision. To provide you with the fastest and easiest workflow possible, all files contain extensive metadata. Balance and mix the sounds just as you like and expand the range of panic, fright and terror.


    Key features:
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • Scrapes, squeaks, creaks & groans, vocals & drones and so much more!
    • 270+ files, 1.200+ HD sound effects
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata


    CINEMATIC HORROR – BUNDLE:

    cinematic horror sound effectsGet BOTH versions above in one, sweet, terrifying bundle. It provides an unbeatable 12 GB arsenal of horror sounds that'll be a cornerstone for anything scary in your sound effects collection.

     
    Key features:
    • Gets you both Cinematic Horror – Designed and Construction Kit
    • 370+ files, 1.700+ sounds | 96kHz/24bit, WAV

  • Drones & Moods Cloud Piano Play Track 20 sounds included, 20 mins total

    This small, highly focused sound library features drones and textures created solely with sounds from a 1950’s Cable upright piano.

    These sound effects range from low, dark, and pulsating, to high and shimmering and could easily work in sci-fi, suspense, thrillers, or fantasy. While they can sound otherworldly, the sounds are actually quite organic. The sounds were made with looped and layered tone clusters and ambience recorded inside the piano – no granularization, synthesis, or additional processing like reverb were employed.

    They can be used alone or mixed with other sounds to great effect.

  • Halloween 101 is a great collection of sounds for your spooktacular projects!  Inside are eerie ambiences; ghosts and zombies; human grunts, dying, screaming, and wailing; bloody gore; blade sounds, glass breaks, squeaky floors and doors, and so much more!

    Halloween 101 includes:

    • Strange, haunting ambiences
    • Blades – impacts, hits, chainsaw, war-hammer, battle ax
    • Fighting and Gore – punches, rib cage ripping open, splats, goops
    • Footsteps – glass, creaky wood
    • Glass Breaks
    • Human Sounds – evil laughs, screams (solo and group), grunts
    • Unhuman Sounds – Groups of ghostly voices, zombies (solo and groups), speaking in tongues
    • Weather – thunder & wind
    • Doors – creaking, “Demons Gate”

  • Howling Winds – Interior is 1.4 GB of high-velocity air molecules in 42 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz stereo – from an interior perspective.

    It is a collection of highly expressive, sometimes vocal, sometimes violent gusts of wind, squalls of rain and sleet – as heard from within the safety of a home.

    KEY FEATURES

    • Howling, moaning, whistling wind sounds
    • Roofs and windows pummeled with rain and sleet
    • Bad weather in an urban setting

  • Horror Warped Choir Play Track 247 sounds included

    A filmic sound construction kit for teasers, trailers & promos

    ‘Warped Choir’ is the latest state-of-the-art sound effects library from U.S.O. which continues to cross the border between music and sound design.

    Warped Choir provides a wide range of meticulously crafted stereo and 5.1 surround sound elements ready to be pumped in your trailer, video game or other audiovisual projects.

    Warped Choir contains more than 200 massive dynamic impacts, transitions, soundscapes, epic vocal rises and whooshes, all designed from scratch using a choir concert recording as the unique waveform source in the Symbolic Sound Kyma workstation (many thanks to La Coral Salvé – Laredo, Cantabria | www.coralsalve.com).

    When it comes to creating new musical ideas, video and sound editors, sound designers, but also composers, can find inspiration in this intriguing must-have collection.

  • Environments Windy Forest Play Track 22 sounds included, 87 mins total

    Windy forest is a collection of forest ambiences with wind ranging from soft to strong. We spent two stormy days out in the deep forests of Norway and managed to capture a wide variety of wind sounds. The recordings are nearly 100% bird free so they are very usable internationally.

View all the Horror libraries here

 

 

Behind the horror movie sound:

 
We’ve shared the story behind the sound for quite a few horror movies here on A Sound Effect – you can read them below:

Creating the dark, evil sounds of ‘Annabelle: Creation’ – with Bill R. Dean
Creating the sound of fear for ‘It Comes at Night’ – with Damian Volpe and Robert Fernandez
Behind the horrifying sound of ‘Alien: Covenant’ – with Oliver Tarney and Michael Fentum
Behind the scary sounds of ‘Blair Witch’ – with Andy Hay
How the creepy sound of ‘Lights Out’ was made – with Bill R. Dean
Young UK filmmaker creates award-winning horror sound: Here it is – and here’s how he did it
Creating the horrific sounds of ‘The Conjuring 2’ – with Joe Dzuban

Horror sound design guides:

 
If you want to learn how to create your own horror SFX, here are several reads to get you started. We’ve also hand-picked a bunch of sound design of tips further down in this guide.

How to create horror sound effects that are truly scary (and gory!) – by Saro Sahihi
The Guide To Sound Effects (features lots of tips for gore and horror) – compiled by David Filskov
Creature Sound Design Insights from David Farmer, sound designer on The Hobbit & LOTR
Sound for Scarehouses – A Q&A with Marc Straight

How to create your own horror sounds:

 

If you want to have a go at creating your horror sounds, here are some DIY ideas from sound designer David Filskov’s excellent Guide to Sound Effects:

Bats flying

I used an umbrella opening and closing rapidly for the sound of bats flying one time… turned out great. I think I had to filter out some of the low frequency material, though.
-Tim Clarke

A pair of leather gloves flapped about is a good substitute for wings flapping when a bat takes off.
– Garry Taylor

Blood and guts being torn out

I know how to make a nice sound of blood and guts being torn out. Just make a milk pulp, put it into your mouth, and then try to say “Ghhhh”. Mix it with the end section of any water splash sample or add a sample where you’re moving out your hand from a bucket of water.
– Adam

Gore and squidge

Wet wash leather – fantastic for gore and squidge.
– Mark Estdale

Fruits! Especially tomatoes (for splatters) and potatoes (for wet crunchy sounds). Another classic is making a goo with eggs and dip rags and paper towels into them and play.
– Gustaf Grefberg

Rat shrieks

Pitched-up chickens.
– Ben Burtt

Up-pitched kittens. Especially the screechy ones.
– Gustaf Grefberg

Stone coffin opening

Slide off the top of a toilet tank.
– Ben Burtt

Spirits screaming

Dolphin and sea-lion cries, other animal screams and human vocalizations.
– Ben Burtt

Tentacles, sliding

Get a few day’s worth of stubble on your face. Go somewhere real quiet and record running your hand and arm under your chin – it mixes in nice with the hairs on your arm. Or as I just found out, get a mouse mat with a rubberized or cloth surface and rub that under your chin :-) To further this idea maybe put some shaving gel on and take a credit card and lightly rub it across? That way you get bristly with a bit of slime.
– Dave Sullivan

Having just eaten a bowl of macaroni and cheese shells, I have to say it’s the most convincing tentacle sound I’ve ever heard. It also made the bowl harder to finish :-)
– Jay Semerad

Vocalization of monster

Metal pressed against dry ice.
– Paul Arnold

Slide a straw up or down in a McDonald’s large drink plastic lid. Try pitching it down and stretching it – and voilá! McZilla.
– Max Hodges

Bonus videos:

The (surprisingly filling) approach to horror sound design for ‘The Evil Within’:

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The Sound of Alien: Isolation:

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Why do things sound scary?

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  • Materials & Texture Rustle Tones Play Track 400+ sounds included, 181 mins total

    Articulated presents the result of several months investigation in the realm of rustling matters:

    Fragile and delicate elements in motion producing soft crackling and rubbing sounds.

    A toolkit to create presence, reality but also interesting textures and silences.

    Outdoor and in studio

    Light breeze and heavy wind gusts were recorded on many locations: in forests, near shrubs, tall grass, corn fields, and in streets. Leaves were captured fluttering on branches but also whirling and dancing on the ground.

    Variety of foliage and other textures

    Great amount of variations: Leaves of all shapes (needles, compound, single, broadleaf, dry, twigs, branches,…), and various materials such as plastic, paper, fabric, dirt were recorded.
    All of which through various interactions such as shuffle, shake, rub, brush, hit, fiddle, whip, and whoosh.


    What's inside:

    • Windy foliage in trees
    • leaves dancing on the ground
    • plants interactions & movements
    • shuffling, shaking, brushing, rubbing, hitting, swooshing
    • all kinds of leaves shape and many types of vegetation such as grass, broadleaf branch, reeds, maple twigs, bamboos, needles, dry leaves, twigs, straws
    • additional texture that can help extend the sonic palette of rustling noises such as plastics, papers, metals, glass, pebbles, dirt, fabric, leather

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  • The G4F SFX11 – ExoInterface soundbank is dedicated to futuristic interfaces.

    The library contains high-quality sounds recorded or synthesized at 96 kHz/24 bit. This soundbank is ideal for science-fiction and futuristic worlds and environments.

    Sound Designers: Benjamin Michenaud & Alexandre Bobe

    Features UI sound elements such as:

    Action confirmed – Action refused – Cursor click – Misc – Process – Close screen – Open screen

  • The G4F SFX05 – Casual Games soundbank comprises SFX designed specifically for video games.

    The library contains high-quality sounds recorded at 96 kHz/24 bit. The sounds can be used in mobile games and on other platforms, depending on your requirements.

    Sound Designers : Henri-Pierre Pellegrin & Fabien Bourbigot

    Features recordings such as:

    Construction – Destruction – Match3 – Slot – Social – Space – Sports management game – Woosh effects.

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