I already covered my top 10 horror movie themes, but this
time I’ll be covering my top 5 pop songs made for horror movies. This includes
a radio-intended song made by an established band that was made specifically
for a horror film. Just before I start, I’ll just say an honorable mention is
“He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” by Alice Cooper for Friday the 13th Part
Fright Night – J. Geils Band from Fright Night
Fright Night is one of the best vampire films of the 80s, and definitely one of the funnest vampire films ever created. This song oozes cheesiness, which only makes the movie even more enjoyable. I love that there’s no shying away from making these lyrics too corny. It’s just trying to be a fun song for a fun film, and both deliver perfectly.
Howling – Stephen Parsons and Babel from The Howling II
This song takes cheesy fun to a whole new level, as the movie does. It’s trying so hard to be hip and so hard to be sexy. The film team even thought this song was so cool they added a music video for it at the end of the film. The video is even more shamelessly tacky, with the hot chick ripping her shirt off every time they say “howling” in the main verse. It’s hilarious, but awesome all the same. And this song is great. The movie is nowhere near as good as the first Howling, and is kind of a werewolf porn film, but great silly fun, just like this totally rad tune.
Pet Sematary – The Ramones from Pet Sematary
You know your film’s badass when you can get The Ramones to perform your theme song. It’s not even the only song by them we hear in the film. A band famous for punk/surf rock may seem like a really odd choice, especially for the film’s tragic plot, but somehow it just works. Great, dark lyrics mixed with that 80s synth keyboard that dominated the best horror soundtracks of the decade make it a perfect fit.
Dream Warriors – Dokken from A
Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors
An awesome movie deserves an awesome theme, and this time it sure got one. Dokken blessed Freddy’s third attack on audiences by allowing it to reach new levels of awesome with an extremely epic 80s hair metal powerhouse of a song for the film. The video was ridiculous yet awesome. Dokken literally defeats Freddy with their radical, triumphant music, followed by silly twist ending that needs to be seen to fully appreciate. I don’t think any song on this list can out-80s this one. And that’s one of the reasons I love it so much.
Cry, Little Sister – Gerard
McMann from The Lost Boys
Shamefully, I didn’t know the correct artist of this song until about a month ago, when a Tumblr user corrected me on my mistaken artist credit. But, regardless, I LOVE this track, and this movie. Since I was little The Lost Boys has been a Halloween tradition. I can’t let the season pass without watching this one. It’s cool, hip, (intentionally) hilarious, and sexy. And this hypnotic song really helps tie the film together as one awesome bundle. The sound of impending doom, like a heartbeat, with the drums, the gothic organ solo reminiscent of classic horror, the chanting of the ten commandments, being utterly ignored by the vampires in the film, and the echoing shouts of McMann just create a dark and ambient, yet funky and hip, theme to perfectly set the mood of the film. The film also features a ton of other great music, like “Lost in the Shadows”, and the tubular “I Still Believe”, performed in film by the swollen as hell Tim Capello dry-humping his sax… maybe not the best description, but trust me, the song’s awesome.
Sorry these were literally all 80s songs, but, hey, I’m an 80s baby. It’s what I love most.
If I'm not mistaken, the guy singing the Hawaiian Ultraseven opening is the singer of the Gingaman theme? Sounds just like him!
That’s a good ear you have there! Though he did not sing the Japanese version,
Masato Shimon (子門 真人) did sing the version for the Hawaiian dub. He would later go on, under the name of Ryū Kisami (希砂未 竜) to provide the vocals for the Seijyuu Sentai Gingaman theme!
He was a pretty prolific theme singer in the 1970s, performing songs for:
Kamen Rider Redman Triple Fighter Android Kikaider Iron King Jumborg Ace Fire Man Kamen Rider V3 Ryuusei Ningen Zone (Zone Fighter) Kikaider 01 Inazuman Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Amazon Star of Pro-Wrestling Azteckaiser and lots and lots of anime.
Sirius Orion Black - Mr.Brightside - The Killers Cedric Amos Diggory - The Judge - Twenty-One Pilots Lily J. Evans/Potter - If I Die Young - The Band Perry Hermione Jean Granger - Fight Song - Rachel Platten Neville Longbottom - Brave - Sara Bareiles Luna Lovegood - Brick by Boring Brick - Paramore Remus John Lupin - Monster - Imagine Dragons Draco Lucius Malfoy - Perfect - P!nk Pansy Parkinson - Where the Lines Overlap - Paramore Harry James Potter - Ain’t it Fun - Paramore James Potter - How to Save a Life - Fray Fred & George Weasley - All Star - Smash Mouth Ginny Molly Weasley - Misery Business - Paramore Ronald Billius Weasley - Levitate - Imagine Dragons Blaise Zabini - Hurricane - Panic! at the Disco