Halloween is nearly here, so it’s the perfect time for a special roundup of the most horrifying sound effects out there:
These SFX libraries deliver horrific and classic haunted house sounds like sinister laughs, gory slashes, uneasy ambiences, biting creatures, spooky piano strums, dark cinematic ambiences, unearthly contact mic recordings, hypnotic binaural soundscapes, howling winds, creaking metal, dreadful climaxes and deranged synths.
Whether you’re designing sound for a horror game, a Halloween television special or your own haunted house, you’re sure to find the spine-tingling sounds you need!
is a cinematic library full of the elements that make the quintessentially 'spooky' soundscapes we've come to expect this time of year. It has over 100 sinister sounds of chainsaws, gore, evil laughs, horrified screams, ghosts and zombies, eerie weather, creaking wood, broken glass, and more. These sounds will allow you to create dozens of ambiences not only for your projects, but also your Halloween parties and haunted houses, too! For a wide-ranging horror library that can fit scenes with the undead, yard tool-wielding serial killers and foredooming birds, this is a library to listen to.
has the elements you need to disgust your audience. This library has over 800 gory sounds for slasher, horror, and zombie projects. It includes sounds of bones snapping, creatures biting, blood spilling, body parts dropping, and more. The sounds are lightly designed to allow you to make them as aggressively nausea-inducing or subtly chilling as you'd like. If you're looking for the full gamut of horrifying and grisly sounds, check out this library.
by BOOM Library
is a dark, disturbing collection of horror sound effects. Created by Hollywood horror master Richard Adrian - who's done sound for films like The Hills Have Eyes, Gothika, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, House Of Wax, Haunted Hill, Mirrors, and more -, Cinematic Horror hits all the right marks when it comes to downright creepy sound.
Are you looking to create an unsettling soundscape, but you want something different — something more melodic? 'Cloud Piano'
by Cordovan Music, LLC
may be your answer. This library has the disquieting frequencies of a 1950s upright piano that will shimmer and evolve beneath your scenes. These drones are each a minute long and will build tension with their murky throbbing, pulsating and glowing tones. For only half a US dollar each, this library will bring invaluable emotions to your anxious and horror-inducing ambiences.
Are you creating a restless soundscape, but you need an ambience to tie it together? Check out 'Industrial Disquiet'
by Kpow Sounds
. This library has sounds from industrial areas where the atmospheres are twisted by the droning frequencies of factories and logistical operations. These sounds can fit soundscapes both terrifyingly realistic and absurdly fantastical, and the creators even wrote about their experiences
while recording and designing the library. If you need ambiences that are both uneasy and unifying, listen to this library.
Creatures - Designed
'Creatures - Designed'
by BOOM Library
goes for the big and the beastly. This library has over 300 sounds of ready-to-go roars, rumbles, and growls for creatures of all sorts. Whether they are slimy zombies, tiny, bitey critters, or residents from the black lagoon, 'Creatures - Designed' will supply you with over a dozen monsters with four variations of five different moods for each. Its high definition quality also allows you to customize the sounds for whatever monstrous sizes and shapes your art team imagines. If you want your creatures to start talking now, check out this library.
by Mindful Audio
is a work of natural art. This library will give your project an organic and unearthly edge with its portent tones and strange rhythms created by wind as it strums wire fences. You receive over two hours of these contact mic recordings and plenty of impacts, rises and swells. For distinct, uncanny ambiences and drones that feel out of this world, listen to this library.
once again uses their Ambisonics talents to create an immersive, detailed sound library - this time with a little more anxiety. 'Horror 1'
includes 48 minutes of creepy ambiences with metal resonances, breathy rumbles, uneasy bubbles and more. These binaural recordings swell and evolve as they envelope the listener with a harrowing presence. Whether your project is in stereo or 7.1, this library is sure to hypnotize your audience.
by The Sound Keeper
is a gore library designed and ready for your project. This library has over 600 sounds for your scenes containing blood spurting stabs, pulverizing punches, ringing sword lacerations, and much more. These brutal sounds are available both in their raw and designed versions and their high quality recording quality lets you manipulate them for maximum effect. For lots of splatters, spurts, tears and 'shings', check out this library.
Howling Winds - Interior
Recording wind howling takes one part timing and two parts luck - and it's definitely not something you can find on the fly. Fortunately, 'Howling Winds - Interior'
is here for your creepy windy needs. This library contains lightly edited howling, moaning and whistling perfect for ambiences or one-shot sounds. These tracks are also slightly edited to allow you to add the right amount of gusts and rumbles as well as rain and sleet. For highly expressive winds, check out this library.
Squeaks and Creaks Two
'Squeaks and Creaks Two'
has sounds of friction from several textures. It includes creaking floorboards, metal wheels, rusty ladders and wooden gates, as well as ice cubes, rubber cords, running shoes and bottle corks. There are nearly two hours of all these creaks and squeaks for over 1,000 sounds in this massive library. For only 50 USD, this library will surely bring a creepy edge to many of your projects.
by Glitchmachines, LLC
is a completely unique approach to uneasy ambiences by the masters of glitches and sonic emotion. These atmospheres capture the human psyche in abstract ways, making you feel as if you are descending into madness to escape a horrifying reality. The sounds include painful and horrified voices, crawling textures, shredding noise, stirring booms, wriggling tones, instrumental slithering and much more. For unique complexity and metaphysical inspiration, listen to this library.
If you're looking for chilling modern impacts, 'Bloody Nightmare'
is your perfect match. This library has sounds meticulously crafted to emulate our cold sweat 'fight or flight' response when we hear screams or sudden squealing tires. The stingers, pulses, whispers, atmospheres, climaxes, kicks and more in this library are designed to be placed right into your project and manipulated to fit the pitch or speed you need. This library is so precise, it will not only make you feel its impacts, it can also elicit horrific scenes in your head as well.
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