The 12 Weirdest Horror Movie Theme Songs

By Rob Bricken in Daily Lists, Movies
Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8:03 am
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Who can forget John Carpenter's haunting score to Halloween? Harry Manfredini's "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" creeping around Jason's kills? Or John Williams' music-in-the-place-of-shark theme that made Jaws so terrifying? Well, not every horror movie budget allows for such things as scores. Sometimes, though, the filmmakers require a different sort of musical interlude. Sometimes, you need that perfect rock, folk or hip hop song written specifically for your movie (sometimes spoiling large segments of it) that will inevitably play over the closing credits, but by God, it must be there! These are the 12 strangest songs composed specifically for horror movies in the history of the genre.



12) "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2" by The Class of '99 from The Faculty

What better way to get teenagers interested in your horror movie than by getting guys from Alice In Chains, Rage Against The Machine, Jane's Addiction and Porno For Pyros to cover one of the classic school rebellion songs of all time? While classic rock fans heartily object to the inclusion of this song in The Faculty, Robert Rodriguez's flick about aliens taking over a small high school (starring Jon Stewart), it's still kind of rad that the greatest supergroup of the '90s was put together solely to cover two Pink Floyd songs.

11) "The Blob Theme" by Burt Bacharach & The Five Blobs

This swinging little number was composed by none other than renowned songwriter and future guy-who-would-be-in-Austin Powers Burt Bacharach, and performed by a fake group called The Five Blobs. It really sums up a movie about a mysterious blob from space killing hundreds of people in a catchy fashion. Fun!

10) "Happy Birthday to Me" by Molly-Ann Leikin

[Start the video at 0:45 if you want to skip the film's twist ending.] Sometimes you want a hard rocking song to close out your movie, but sometimes you want some weird folksy version of a classic tune like "Happy Birthday" to depress you even more after the twist ending of Happy Birthday to Me.

9) "Pet Sematary" by The Ramones

Hearing punk rock progenitors The Ramones sing a song for an odd little Stephen King story adaptation starring Herman Munster and the kid from Kindergarten Cop might sound a bit strange, but then again, so does pretty much every song they were putting out around 1989. It's no better or worse than the equally slow and depressing "I Believe In Miracles."

8) "Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told" by Lon Chaney from Spider Baby

Sung by star Lon Chaney, this incredibly weird song seemingly fits in well with this incredibly weird movie until you realize that it's got absolutely nothing to do with the film itself. It talks about vampires and monsters and all kinds of classic horror concepts, but the movie stars creepy kids and Sid Haig as a retarded pinhead alleged rapist. Thanks a lot for getting our hopes up, Chaney.

7) "The Ballad of Harry Warden" by John McDermott from My Bloody Valentine

We're guessing that in a real world situation where a crazy miner comes back from the dead to kill again on a major holiday (or does he?), this Paul Zaza-penned tune (he's the guy that did Porky's) would be the kind of thing music you'd get on the documentary of the real life murders, as opposed to some hard-rocking hair metal and corporate hip hop. Singer John McDermott presents a smoky account of Harry Warden's crimes or lack thereof and leaves it up to the audience to decide. Or something. We got bored and listed to Lady Gaga's "Disco Stick" again in the time it took for the song to play. We're at least 60% sure that song's about sex. This one's about a miner.

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