How are those creepy sounds in horror films actually made? Now we know

Halloween is the time of year when the pursuit of self-inflicted heebie-jeebies is at all-time high. People do scary shit on purpose like visiting haunted houses or watching scary movies alone at night. Thanks to the waterphone, the instrument that produces horror movie music (if that’s what you wanna call it), participating in a late-night solo creepy movie-watching sesh is the fastest route to a self-induced freakout.

Seriously, with the exception of those rumbling noises that come from the deep ocean or the godawful squeaking that happens when I try to hit one of Mariah Carey’s high notes, it’s the only sound that stops me dead in my tracks.


According to Bored Panda, those creepy ass notes you hear in horror movies come from an instrument invented by a guy named Richard Waters. It’s described as an “inharmonic acoustic percussion instrument and consists of a stainless steel resonator with a cylindrical ‘neck’ and bronze rods of different lenghts and diameters around the rim of the bowl.”

Oh, wow, you can hear the waterphone’s melodies in films like The Matrix and Aliens, which is pretty freakin’ cool, except IT STILL SCARES THE LIVING BEJEEZUS OUT OF ME.

Like, listen to this and tell me your skin isn’t crawling all over your body:


If anyone needs a reason as to why not liking scary movies is completely OK, this horrifying sound more than qualifies.