Christopher Young

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Christopher Young
Christopher Young in May 2007
Christopher Young in May 2007
Background information
Born (1958-04-28) April 28, 1958 (age 63)
Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer orchestrator
Years active1982–present

Christopher Young (born April 28, 1958) is an American composer and orchestrator of film and television scores.[1]

Many of his compositions are for horror and thriller films, including Hellraiser, Species, Urban Legend, The Grudge, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Drag Me to Hell, Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil and Pet Sematary. Other works include Rapid Fire, Copycat, Set It Off, Entrapment, The Hurricane, Swordfish, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man 3 and The Shipping News, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

Young was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 2008 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.[2]

Life and career

Young was born in Red Bank, New Jersey.[3] He graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in music, and then completed his post-graduate work at the University of North Texas. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles. Originally a jazz drummer, when he heard some of Bernard Herrmann's works he decided to become a film composer. He studied at the UCLA Film School under David Raksin. He teaches at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.[4]




Year Title Director Notes
1968 Robby Ralph C. Bluemke 1988 re-issue score


Year Title Director Notes
1982 The Dorm That Dripped Blood Stephen Carpenter
Jeffrey Obrow
Highpoint Peter Carter N/A
1984 The Oasis Sparky Greene N/A
The Power Stephen Carpenter
Jeffrey Obrow
1985 Avenging Angel Robert Vincent O'Neil N/A
Def-Con 4 Paul Donovan N/A
Wheels of Fire Cirio H. Santiago N/A
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom Héctor Olivera N/A
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Jack Sholder N/A
Barbarian Queen Héctor Olivera N/A
1986 Getting Even Dwight H. Little N/A
Torment Samson Aslanian
John Hopkins
Invaders from Mars Tobe Hooper N/A
Trick or Treat Charles Martin Smith N/A
1987 Hellraiser Clive Barker N/A
Flowers in the Attic Jeffrey Bloom N/A
U-Boats: The Wolfpack N/A Short film
1988 Flowers in the Attic Jeffrey Bloom N/A
The Telephone Rip Torn N/A
Hellbound: Hellraiser II Tony Randel N/A
Bat*21 Peter Markle N/A
Haunted Summer Ivan Passer N/A
1989 Vietnam War Story: The Last Days David Burton Morris
Sandy Smolan
Segments "Last Outpost, The", "Dirty Work"
The Fly II Chris Walas N/A
Hider in the House Matthew Patrick N/A


Year Title Director Notes
1990 Bright Angel Michael Fields N/A
Max and Helen Philip Saville N/A
1992 The Vagrant Chris Walas N/A
Rapid Fire Dwight H. Little N/A
Jennifer 8 Bruce Robinson N/A
1993 The Dark Half George A. Romero N/A
Dream Lover Nicholas Kazan N/A
1994 Judicial Consent William Bindley N/A
1995 Murder in the First Marc Rocco N/A
Tales from the Hood Rusty Cundieff N/A
Species Roger Donaldson N/A
Virtuosity Brett Leonard N/A
Copycat Jon Amiel N/A
1996 Unforgettable John Dahl N/A
Set It Off F. Gary Gray N/A
Head Above Water Jim Wilson N/A
Norma Jean & Marilyn Tim Fywell N/A
1997 Murder at 1600 Dwight H. Little N/A
The Man Who Knew Too Little Jon Amiel N/A
1998 Hard Rain Mikael Salomon N/A
Hush Jonathan Darby N/A
Rounders John Dahl N/A
Judas Kiss Sebastian Gutierrez N/A
Urban Legend Jamie Blanks N/A
Playing by Heart Willard Carroll replacement for score by John Barry
1999 Entrapment Jon Amiel N/A
In Too Deep Michael Rymer N/A
The Big Kahuna John Swanbeck N/A
The Hurricane Norman Jewison N/A


Year Title Director Notes
2000 Wonder Boys Curtis Hanson N/A
Bless the Child Chuck Russell N/A
The Gift Sam Raimi N/A
2001 Sweet November Pat O'Connor N/A
Swordfish Dominic Sena N/A
Scenes of the Crime Dominique Forma N/A
The Glass House Daniel Sackheim N/A
Bandits Barry Levinson N/A
The Shipping News Lasse Hallström N/A
2002 The Tower E. Gedney Webb
Jim Elliott
The Country Bears Peter Hastings N/A
2003 The Core Jon Amiel N/A
Runaway Jury Gary Fleder N/A
2004 Something the Lord Made Joseph Sargent N/A
The Grudge Takashi Shimizu N/A
2005 Beauty Shop Bille Woodruff N/A
The Exorcism of Emily Rose Scott Derrickson N/A
2006 The Grudge 2 Takashi Shimizu N/A
2007 Ghost Rider Mark Steven Johnson N/A
Spider-Man 3 Sam Raimi Themes by Danny Elfman
Lucky You Curtis Hanson N/A
Shortcut to Happiness Harry Kirkpatrick Co-composed with Ramin Djawadi
2008 Untraceable Gregory Hoblit N/A
Sleepwalking William Maher N/A
The Informers Gregor Jordan N/A
2009 The Uninvited The Guard Brothers N/A
Drag Me to Hell Sam Raimi N/A
Creation Jon Amiel N/A
Love Happens Brandon Camp N/A


Year Title Director Notes
2010 When in Rome Mark Steven Johnson N/A
Gone with the Pope Duke Mitchell N/A
The Black Tulip Sonia Nassery Cole N/A
2011 Priest Scott Stewart N/A
Box of Shadows Mauro Borrelli N/A
The Rum Diary Bruce Robinson N/A
2012 Sinister Scott Derrickson N/A
Scary or Die Bob Badway
Michael Emanuel
Igor Meglic
The Baytown Outlaws Barry Battles N/A
2013 Killing Season Mark Steven Johnson N/A
Gods Behaving Badly Marc Turtletaub N/A
A Madea Christmas Tyler Perry N/A
2014 The Monkey King Cheang Pou-soi N/A
The Single Moms Club Tyler Perry N/A
Deliver Us from Evil Scott Derrickson N/A
2016 The Monkey King 2 Cheang Pou-soi N/A
2019 Pet Sematary Kevin Kölsch
Dennis Widmyer


Year Title Director Notes
2020 The Empty Man David Prior N/A
TBA Abyzou Oliver Park N/A


Year Title Notes
2020 50 States of Fright With Caleb Chan

and Brian Chan

Video Games

Year Title Notes
2009 The Saboteur Theme music
2017 Wilson's Heart N/A


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ "BMI Film & Television Awards Tout Composers of Year's Top Film and Television Music". Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  3. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  4. ^ USC faculty list

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