If you grew up in the 80’s, early 90’s, something quite magical happened in the horror movie genre. Particularly with the slasher icons such as Freddy, Jason and Pinhead. They had become so mainstream and embraced by the youth and loathed by their parents. It’s almost comparable to the way kids would rebel with music. Heavy Metal, Rap and Rock and Roll. All things that yuppie parents of the 80s were not so crazy about. So when the horror genre exploded, it seemed that a lot of these films had at least ONE memorable kick ass song.. Sometimes even a music video. (ahh yes the days when MTV was actually a music channel). So here I’ve compiled a list of 10 great songs from that horror genre. Some of these tunes were made for the actual movie; and some of these weren’t directly written for the flick it was laid out with, but are consistently associated with the film it was in. Note that they aren’t in any particular order but just a nice list for your ears and eyes to enjoy.
The Ballad of Henry Warden
Artist: Paul Zaza and John Mcdermitt
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
I can dig that it’s a folk song and it sets the tone well for the movie. One can also appreciate it’s not the typical song you may hear associated with a slasher film. But hey, it works!
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Artist: Q Lazzarus
Silence Of The Lambs
One cannot deny anytime you hear this song, you think of that Buffalo Bill dance. (also I’m willing to bet a lot of you have tried to imitate that creepy ass dance) I’m not even going to pretend I haven’t. Haha
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Artist: J. Geils Band
Fright Night (1985)
Ok. So it’s a little cheesy. But its a fun song. Also it fits so well with the film of the same name. And of course, Fright Night is undoubtedly one of the best vampire movies to spawn out of hollywood.
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Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth
It’s definitely not of the best Hellraiser movies, (IMO) but that’s not what this is about. I’d also like to add that not even Pinhead can take down Lemmy.
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Are You Ready For Freddy?
Artist: The Fat Boys
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
So when it comes to horror movies and music, personally no one did it better than this franchise. There was at least dozen songs written specifically for the bastard son of 100 maniacs. And quite frankly, who doesn’t like to see Kruger jamming out a rap?
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He’s Back (Man Behind The Mask
Artist: Alice Cooper
Friday The 13th 6: Jason Lives
Now this is a moment that brought two major horror icons together for a magic musical moment. Cooper and the Camp Blood killer himself. The music video alone is just pure awesomeness and sets the tone for an amazing soundtrack for this installment of the Friday franchise. Good stuff.
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Artist: The Chordettes
Halloween 2 (1981)
Anytime any Halloween fan (or any horror fan for that matter) hears this tune, it always makes you immediately think of Halloween 2. It was paired so brilliantly with the film that I just had to throw this one in here.
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Maniac Cop Rap
Artist: Jay Chattaway
Maniac Cop 2
Here’s another good ol’ horror movie rap I find amusing and just brings you back to the time of cheesy good horror.”I shoot him with an uzi, but he’ll show up in your jacuzzi” Classic lyrics.
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Artist: The Ramones
Nevermind that these guys are legends, this song is just nothing short of amazing and paired with such a classic with the same name. It’s such a win all around. Even tho they say, “Sometimes.. Dead is better.” Not so much in this case. RIP Ramones.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Last but certainly not least is this gem from NOES 3. Besides just being a great song in itself, the music video blends a great performance from the band meshed with scenes from the movie and Freddy again adding a bit of flair to the video. I like to think that Dream Warriors got the ball rolling for the following songs that were written for the franchise, because as stated above, dozens were written directly for the films. So of course along with being a badass tune, I had to end it with this.
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As I stated at the beginning of this article, this isn’t a top 10, but just a look back on some of horror’s best musical attributes. Anything on this list you love? Hate? Anything that you would’ve added here? Comment below!