Shows are good because they're short
capture a (usually kitchy) theme in a minute or so.
Other note-worthy shows/songs:
- The Addams Family by Vic Mizzy. Additionally, there's the MC Hammer tune "The Addams Groove" from the Addams Family Values soundtrack.
- Alfred Hitchcock
Presents (Funeral March Of
- Dark Shadows
- The Munsters - Theme by Jack Marshall. This one has
been covered numerous times including by the Ventures and Comateens.
Also, Butch Patrick
recorded a novelty song called "Whatever Happened To Eddie?" with
lyrics about his character set to the
of his show. And then there's Rob Zombie's song "Dragula" which
doesn't feature the car in the video. For the love of
- Scooby Dooby Doo - Again, there are several cover versions of
this including one by the ska/punk band Rancid
- Tales From The Crypt by Danny Elfman
- The Twilight Zone - There is also that Golden Earring song of
the same name that doesn't really have anything to do with the Rod
- X-Files Theme -
the remix by
DJ Dado for a more techno take on the original.
- Sesame Street - Countless (see
what I did there?) songs by the Count such as "The Song Of The Count." And because so many of the characters
are "monsters," they have done other songs like "The Monster In The Mirror" and "The
Monster Mash." Also, R.E.M. did "Furry
Happy Monsters" as a version of their own "Shiny
- Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast had
a spin-off called Cartoon Planet in which villain Zorak did a song called "It's
Not Easy Being Evil."
- Supernatural features classic rock songs on an almost weekly basis,
usually drawing upon themes in that week's story.
- The Worst Witch - A tv movie
back in 1986 featured Tim Curry singing the terrifically terrible song
"Anything Can Happen On Halloween" that I put on my playlist annually.
There's nothing better for setting
mood for a creepy scene than finding music written just for that
and that's what film music is all about.
- Blair Witch End Theme
- Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
- The Exorcist
- "Tubular Bells" by Mike
- The Exorcist
- "Night of the Electric Insects" by George Crumb (from his piece Black Angels).
- Theme from Halloween
- John Carpenter. See also cover by Rob Zombie from his remake of
the movie and numerous techno remixes.
- Hellraiser and Hellraiser
- Christopher Young
- Jaws Theme - John
- The Mummy - Jerry Goldsmith
- The Omen - Also by Jerry Goldsmith
- Phantasm (1979)
- Poltergeist - Yet another from Jerry Goldsmith - The End Title (Carol Anne's
Theme) in particular.
- Psycho - Bernard Herrman
Many classical pieces have
way into use in movies and other media precisely because they're like
for visuals before the fact. For parties, electronic/techno
work well. Some of the most frequently used:
- Tocatta & Fugue In D
- Carmina Burana (O Fortuna)
- Carl Orff
- Funeral March - Chopin
- Night on Bald Mountain
- Modest Mussorgsky
- Requiem (Lacrimosa in
particular) - Mozart
These are great for folks
who love to not only dress up but also to get into character and
- The Nightmare Before Xmas
- Danny Elfman. See also the covers album "Revisited" featuring
(among other versions) Marilyn
Manson doing "This Is Halloween."
- Phantom of the Opera
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
O'Brien. There are also numerous cover versions of all of the
musical's most famous songs.
- Wizard of Oz - Although it's not
technically a Halloween or horror movie, the antagonist is a witch,
after all. To that end, the "Witch on a Bicycle" motif is the
default theme for any and all witches. See also Klaus Nomi's
cover of "Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead" (1982).
and Pop songs from movies
This ranges the gamut of styles, so
depends on your purpose. Here again we have kitchy, fun songs,
there are plenty of darker offerings as well, especially for the metal
- AC/DC - Tons of songs in Maximum
Overdrive: "Who Made
Who," "D.T.," "Chase The Ace," "Hells
Bells," "For Those
About To Rock We Salute You," "You Shook Me All Night
Long," "Ride On," "Shake Your Foundations," and "Sink The
- Alice Cooper - "He's Back
Man Behind the Mask)" from Friday
the 13th, Part 6: Jason Lives.
- Annie Lennox - "Love Song
Vampire" from Francis Ford Coppola's
1992 adaptation of Bram
- Class of '99 - "Another
In The Wall Part 2" from The
- Creedence Clearwater Revival -
"Bad Moon Rising" from An
American Werewolf in London.
- Fat Boys - "Are You
Freddy" from A
Nightmare on Elm
Street 4: The Dream Master.
- Guns 'n' Roses - "Sympathy
The Devil" (Stones cover) from Interview
with the Vampire.
- Marilyn Manson - "I Put a
on You" from Natural
- Nine Inch Nails - "Dead Souls"
(Joy Division cover) from The Crow.
- Nine Inch Nails - "Fist
Fuck" from Resident Evil.
- Nine Inch Nails - Both "Something
I Can Never Have" and "A Warm
Place" from Natural Born Killers.
- Nine Inch Nails - "Closer" from Se7en.
- Orbital feat. Kirk Hammett - "Satan" from Spawn.
- Ramones - "Pet
Sematary" from Pet
- Ray Parker Jr. - The theme
song from Ghostbusters.
Additionally, there are a lot of good remixes and mash-ups
of this song.