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 62)[citation needed]
Red Bank, New Jersey, United States[citation needed]
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[edit]

Young was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. He graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in music, and then completed his post-graduate work at North Texas State University. 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.[3]




Year Title Director Notes
1968 Robby Ralph C. Bluemke N/A


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


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


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


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


Year Title Notes
2020 50 States of Fright With Caleb Chan

and Brian Chan

Video Games[edit]

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. ^ USC faculty list

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