I was thinking, while I was listening to #6 on this list, about original songs in horror movies. I realized that there are some amazing songs out there custom made for horror flicks. I did my best to create a list of my favorite horror songs and I know I am missing a lot but these are only the ones that I have heard so far.
Note: I wanted to include audio players so that you can hear the songs but the video uploader in Blogger was giving me shit. Instead I decided to upload crappy pictures. Sorry about that.
1. Don’t Bug Me – Jimmy Buffett (Arachnophobia)
If you don’t know me, than you honestly don’t know that I am a megafan of Jimmy Buffett and after I found out that he made a custom song for Arachnophobia I almost went insane. It’s almost a novelty song and it has a great beat and it’s pretty funny. If gives you that real small town feel when you listen to it.
2. Cry Little Sister – Gerard McMann2 (The Lost Boys)
This is a very dark, very gothic and very foreboding song. It has that 80s feel and Gerard has a very brilliant voice, but what I think makes this song so chilling is the synthesizers that give it that edgy darkness. Plus, there is an organ solo and a great children choir for back up. It’s a very catch tune that also alludes to the Bible.
3. Fright Night – J. Geils Band (Fright Night)
I remember this song so fondly as a kid and I remember having this profound love for this song at the end credits at the end of Fright Night. The song is a great example of a 80s club song and the lyrics are spot on with what the movie is about. Once you hear it, it’ll only make you want to watch the real ‘Fright Night.’
4. The Ballad of Harry Warden – John McDermott (My Bloody Valentine)
With a great and very twisted laugh to kick it off, this song is a ballad. It’s very quiet and it sounds like a folk song, which it should considering its making a legend out of Harry Warden. It really gives you the feeling of a small town story turned legend and it’s a very depressing but very brilliant written song.
5. I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me – Pino Donaggio (Carrie)
This is probably one of THE best romantic songs from a horror movie I had ever heard. It’s so touching and it really emphasizes what Carrie’s emotion was like when she was asked to the prom. As you listen to it, listen to the lyrics and it really makes you shed a little tear for Carrie and her mismatched love.
6. Beast Loose in Paradise – Lordi (Dark Floors)
A lot might disagree with this, but I find this song very catchy with a great beat. Thought the lyrics have nothing to do with the movie, it’s a great hard rock song with piano (surprisingly) and the bridge of the song is pretty epic.
7. Too Bad You’re Crazy – Jerry Whitman (April Fool’s Day)
The epitome of every clown song; the lyrics are hysterical to listen to and it’s such and odd song. It’s random but it can get really catch after a while. I found myself whistling the tune after watching the movie. Listen to this song here. (Courtesy of The Horror Digest)
8. The Blob – The Five Blobs (The Blob)
Oh, what a great and very funny song this is. The lyrics are so great because it’s exactly what the blob is. It has that great acoustic guitar and with a jazzy sounding theme, it really is fun to listen to.
9. Tonight (We’ll Make Love Till We Die) – SSQ (Return of the Living Dead)
Now this is a pretty tripping sounding song. The voices are somewhat distorted, it has a great guitar rift and saxophones. The title is very appropriate and if you like good hard rock… you’ll love this.
10. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – Lee Lewis (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes)
Having a song where a farmer sees tomatoes in his trees then end ups dying because they attacked him just spells awesome. The lyrics are hysterical and it’s catch but the song itself takes killer tomatoes to a serious level. I love it!!
Honorable Mention Songs
Killer Klowns – The Dickies (Killer Klowns from Outer Space)
The Monster Squad – The Monster Squad (The Monster Squad)
Love Song for a Vampire – Wojciech Kilar (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
We Are Going to Eat You – Fabio Frizzi (We Are Going to Eat You)
We Accept the Challenge – Thor and the Tritonz (Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare)
After Dark – Tito & Tarantula (From Dusk Till Dawn)
Dream Warriors – Dokken (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors)
He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask) - Alice Cooper (Friday the 13th Part 6)
Honorable Album mentions – Instances where all the songs are more than one song is good and the whole album is composed of different songs.
Trick or Treat (1987) – Fastway
Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987) – Thor and the Tritonz