The Wicker Man (1973)

A huge inspiration on Tunng. I only discovered this film in around 2003 and it is mind-blowingly excellent. It is the eccentric ‘folk horror’ King of films. The story is gripping, charming and terrifying all at the same time. Bound together with sublime music, not only scoring the film but within the film itself. Tunng once did a cover of the Maypole song featured in this film, and I eventually got to meet the director… very scary indeed. Btw… please don’t watch the remake!

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

We sampled a few phrases from this film on our song 'The Wind Up Bird'. This is a dystopian future wonder world where fireman are only employed to burn books. It is a work of art. Each scene is like a play; a very unsettling play with insanely amazing costumes. The last scene is a very beautiful thing and an inspiration willing me to read more! Btw, again, please don’t watch the remake!

Play It Sam (1972)

Totally old School Woody! We also sampled a tiny bit of dialogue from this film on the song 'Beautiful and Light' on our first record. Which was a bad idea because we had to pull all the records off the shelves when the licence for the sample wasn’t granted! Anyway, I love the honesty, romance, and ridiculousness displayed in such a hilarious poetic way.

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Incredibly beautiful, sad, otherworldly, innocent, fantastical, thrilling, and frightening. Dark fantasy folk fairy tale meets Spanish world war drama. There’s nothing else like this and a huge influence on the textures within the music of Tunng.

Terminator 2 (1991)

I was 13 when this came out. The SFX alone were enough to transfix me... which still stand up today. An amazing and very hooky real deal sci-fi soundtrack by Brad Fiedel. Arni’s best ever movie, a true prediction of the future... and the motorbike scenes are extremely badass. I have just started riding motorbikes, the experience of which I would like to say has been an influence on this latest Tunng record, but it hasn’t - I just love riding them, and I just love Terminator 2.

Tunng's latest album, Songs You Make At Night, is out now on Full Time Hobby. Listen to 'Dark Heart' below.