The Newton Brothers

John Andrew Grush and Taylor Newton Stewart, known collectively as The Newton Brothers, are American film score composers, record producers, conductors, and multi-instrumentalists. Their works include scores for several films with director Mike Flanagan, having composed for every project of his since Oculus (2013), and various other films and television series.

The Newton Brothers
OriginUnited States
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Film composer, orchestrator, arranger
  • Guitar
  • cello
  • piano
Years active2007–present
  • John Andrew Grush
  • Taylor Newton Stewart

They are not related.[1]


Early on in their lives both Andy and Taylor were inspired to combine music and visuals and seek a career in film composition. They are both accomplished musicians and multi-instrumentalists who can play piano, guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, accordion, sax, harmonica, percussion, organ, kazoo and cello. Together they apprenticed under Hans Zimmer and co-scored with Danny Elfman on the Mike Flanagan thriller, Before I Wake.[2]

The Newton Brothers have been scoring feature films together for over a decade, catching their big break scoring Tony Kaye's acclaimed drama, Detachment, which starred and was produced by Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody.[3] In 2013 they began their work in horror films with Mike Flanaghan and Blumhouse Productions including Oculus, which The Irish Times said, "Andy and Taylor Newton's dynamic combination of simple melodic fragments, aleatory noise (broken glass, metal scrapes) and a solemn choir gradually inject the seriously spooky Oculus with nerve-shredding suspense and skin-crawling dread," [4] and Ouija: Origin of Evil.[5] They have since gone on to score multiple horror genre projects for film and television.

Awards and nominationsEdit


Year Title Director(s) Studio
2011 Detachment Tony Kaye Tribeca Film
Magic Man Stuart Cooper Raskin Productions/Hollywood Storm
Revolucion Rodrigo Garcia Canana Films/Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia/Mantarraya Producciones
2012 Diving Normal Kristjan Thor Round One Production
2013 Catch Hell Ryan Phillippe Palm Star Media/Twisted Pictures
Hair Brained Billy Kent Love Lane Pictures
Pawn Shop Chronicles Wayne Kramer Anchor Bay Films
Proxy Zach Parker Along The Tracks/FSC Productions
Chloe and Theo Ezna Sands Arctica Films
2014 Careful What You Wish For Liz Allen Starz
Life of Crime Dan Schecter Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
Oculus Mike Flanagan Relativity
See No Evil 2 The Soska Sisters Lionsgate
The Prince Brian A. Miller
The Road Within Gren Wells Troika
2015 Before I Wake Mike Flanagan Relativity
Chasing Life Various ABC
The Runner Austin Stark Alchemy
Vendetta The Soska Sisters Lionsgate
2016 Amateur Night Lisa Addario & Joe Syracuse Cinedigm
Blood in the Water Ben Cummings & Orson Cummings Level 33 Entertainment/SSS Entertainment/levelFILM
Hush Mike Flanagan Blumhouse
Ouija: Origin of Evil Universal Pictures/Blumhouse
Urge Aaron Kaufman Lionsgate
2017 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Various BBC
Gerald's Game Mike Flanagan Netflix
Inversion Zach Parker
Open Water 3: Cage Dive Gerald Rescionato Lionsgate
The Bye Bye Man Stacy Title STX
2018 Escape Plan 2: Hades Steven C. Miller Lionsgate
Falling Water Various Universal / USA
Into the Dark Paul Davis Blumhouse / Hulu
The Haunting of Hill House Mike Flanagan Paramount, Netflix, Amblin, Intrepid
2019 Mary Michael Goi RLJE Films
Doctor Sleep Mike Flanagan Warner Bros. Pictures
Line of Duty Steven C. Miller Saban Films, Lionsgate
2020 The Grudge Nicolas Pesce Sony Pictures Releasing
The Haunting of Bly Manor Mike Flanagan Paramount, Netflix, Amblin, Intrepid
2020-2021 The Walking Dead: World Beyond Various Skybound Entertainment, AMC Studios
2021 The God Committee Austin Stark Crystal City Entertainment, Paper Street Films, Phiphen Pictures
The Forever Purge Everardo Gout Universal Pictures
Midnight Mass Mike Flanagan Netflix
2021–present Joe Pickett Various Spectrum Originals
2023 X-Men '97 Jake Castorena and Chase Conley Disney+


  1. ^ King, Darryn (January 6, 2020). "These Composers Are Maestros of Menace". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  2. ^ Hannett, Michelle (January 10, 2017). "The Newton Brothers Haunting Score for "The Bye Bye Man" Available on Sony Classical Records". We Are Movie Geeks.
  3. ^ "Detachment: Tribeca Review". The Hollywood Reporter. April 26, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Clarke, Jocelyn (June 13, 2014). "The Newton Brothers: Oculus". The Irish Times. Retrieved May 18, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (October 23, 2016). "'Ouija: Origin of Evil': The Newton Brothers Talk Their Horror Film Score". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 18, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Gingold, Michael (June 1, 2015). "The 2015 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Winners and Full Results!". Fangoria. Archived from the original on June 27, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2021.

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