10 Horror Films that Need Musical Adaptations

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Musicals become movies, movies become musicals, its the circle of musical theater. When horror meets musical dance numbers, it is a truly beautiful thing. This has been proven many times with classic stage productions of Phantom of the OperaEvil Dead The MusicalRe-Animator The Musical, and many others. Even TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Horror Story have used musical numbers to strong effect. But the greatest example is Little Shop of Horrors, a musical based on the classic B-movie. For the past month I have been listening to its soundtrack almost non-stop which has lead to this fever dream of a post. And now after two hours of debate and arguing amongst the writers here are Ten Horror Films That Need A Musical Adaptation ASAP!

Honorable Mention: Phantasm: The Surrealist Ballet


The Tall Man in tights. Need I say more?

Simple, keep the original soundtrack and have the movie play out in a surrealist ballet. Spheres flying, hooded minions dancing, The Tall Men in tights, and blood spraying the audience in the face. Enough said. 
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Honorable Mention: Silver Bullet The Musical

This would only work if it starred Gary Busey and had a musical number called “I Feel Like a Virgin On Prom Night.”

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10. World War Z

These two would have a beautiful duet.

These two would have a beautiful duet.

I will be the first to say that this isn’t a perfect adaptation. I mean seriously, that ending. But picture this: epic scenery of zombie bum rushing the stage with our long hair hero escaping from plane crash. Yeah, that’d be great.

Musical Numbers: “I Have Had It With These Zombies On My Plane”, “Why Does This Keep Happening?”, “Am I Immortal?”, “Damn Thats A Lot of Zombies”, “I Think They Are Attracted To Our Singing”, “Zombie Zumba”,

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9. The Shining Musical



If Room 237 had shown us anything its that there is a lot to read into Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Now we can read into it more as we watch the Torrance’s descent into madness with dance and musical numbers! Come sing with us Danny.

Musical Numbers: “Give Me The Fucking Bat Wendy”, “Come Play With Us”, “What Is In Room 237?”, “Shinning”, “What Up Doc?”, “All Work No Play”, “Redrum”, “Frozen”,

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8. Gremlins


Pretty much writes itself.

Avenue Q proved that puppets can be great for stage musicals and what better use for puppets than to bring Gremlins to Life. Of course Corey Feldman could come back and have a number in a tress costume. 

Musical Numbers: “Its Christmas Mrs. Deagle”, “Down At Dorry’s”, “Yum-Yums”, “Another Reason To Hate Christmas”, “GodDamn Foreign Cars”, “Uh-Oh”, “Pupil Stage”, “Midnight Snack”

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7. Howling 3: The Marsupials


These lovely ladies singing? Come on!

If we are going to have one werewolf centered film on this list it might as well be one of the craziest. The film featured over the top acting, a large color pallet for lighting, and weird lucid dream sequences that would be great for set design.  Also the idea of an Ozploitation musical puts a giant smile on my face. 

Musical Numbers: “Why Did You Run From Home, Child?”, “Werewolf Ballet”, “Howl From Down Under”, “Thats Not A Baby, Its A Pup”, “Not A Wolf, A Marsupial”, “Body Hair”,

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6. Hellraiser


The Cenobites already look like a boy band anyways.

Leather, chains, blood, and elaborate musical/dance numbers. The lighting, set design, and costumes of the film would translate excellently to the stage. Also having a skinless dude running around would be a sight to see.

Musical Numbers: “Cenobite Shuffle”, “Whats in the Box?”, “Such Sights to Show You”, “To Some We Are Angels”, “Angels In Leather”, “Hooks & Chains”, “From The Floor Boards”,

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5. Leprechaun: A Hip-Hop Extravaganza


When it comes to the Leprechaun movies the In Da Hood double feature already set the ground for our villainous hero to rap, but this musical would take it to the next level. The Hip Hop Extravaganza would encompass his journey from all six films and end with our hero going into space. 

Musical Numbers“Gimme Back Me Gold”, “Maliciously Delicious”, “Hit The Slots”, “The Leprechaun Rap”, “Gut The Fatty”, “The Well”, “Shamrock Stomp”,

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4. Nightmare On Elm Street



If there is one horror personality that could carry an entire musical it would be Freddy Krueger. The Dream Demon himself could take center stage in a special effects arena show that chronicled his adventures of terrorizing sleepless teenager on elm street. Special guests The Fat Boys!

Musical Numbers: “Ready for Freddy”, “I’m Freddy Krueger, Bitch!”, “I’ve Got Your Now Krueger”, “I Didn’t Kill Her”, “One Two Freddys Coming For You”, “Never Sleep Again”, “Hooray For Caffeine Pills”, “Under The Sheets”,

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3. Child’s Play


Another horror icon that would be perfect for the stage is Chucky. Chucky’s infamous scream would be perfect for a giant musical number as his charred body goes for one final scare in the great finale. 

Musical Numbers: “Frying the Doctor”, “Hello Andy”, “Pint-Sized Terror”, “No More Mr. Good Guy”, “Friends Til The End”, “Such An Ugly Doll”, “Wanna Play?”

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2. Monster Squad

Helsing approves

Helsing approves

Elaborate sets, classic monsters, 80’s slang, portals, and more. Rudy, Horace, Eugene, Sean, Phoebe, and all the classic monsters would be right at home singing and dancing before a live audience. Not even Van Helsing could screw this up. 

Musical Numbers: “My Name Isn’t Fat Kid”, “Creature Stole My Twinkie”, “We’re The Monster Squad”, “Helsing Screwed Up”, “Wolfmans Got Nards”, “My Name Is Horace!”, “The Scary German Next Door”, “Not A Virgin”, “Let Me In Or Else It’s Prescription”, “In The Club Now”, 

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1. They Live


Not only would this movie have an epic ten minute fight/dance sequence, but it would also feature all of the aliens being revealed by heavy use of black light! Mullets, aliens, uzis, black lights, and fight scenes! HOW ISN’T THIS ALREADY A THING!?!?!?! 

Musical Numbers: “Put On The Fucking Glasses!”, “Obey, Consume, This Is Your God”, “Out of Bubble Gum”, “He Can See”, “Cut the Broadcast”, 

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And there you have it folks, Ten Horror Films That Need Musical Adaptations ASAP. Do you agree with our list? What films do you think need a musical adaptation? Got better musical number titles than the ones we came up with? Want to help us make a They Live live musical? Tell us in the comments below.

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