Song: Busta Rhymes, “Gimme Some Mo” (1998), produced by DJ Scratch
Samples: Bernard Herrmann, “Prelude From Psycho” (1960), from Psycho
Without Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller Psycho, horror cinema would certainly be a lot tamer than it is today. Even the revolutionary story of serial killer Norman Bates aside, the filmic elements of Psycho helped influence a new generation of horror directors to come. Yet perhaps the most important aspect of the flick is its screeching score, courtesy of composer Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann’s nerve jangling soundtrack perfectly captured the fractured psyche of villain Norman Bates, transforming the already terrifying film into a cultural landmark of the horror genre.