Songs That Horror Movies Made Creepy

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Lets take a look at the songs that were once innocent and have now been forever tainted with creepy associations to horror movies.

 

 

Silence Of The Lambs ; Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus 

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What It Was : 

A catchy 80’s tune originally used on the The Married To The Mob soundtrack. 

What It Became ; 

Flashback inducing, Stomach churning, stop you in your tracks creepy.

Scene ;  

Bat crap crazy serial killer Buffalo Bill clad only in a Kimono (sort of), does a flirty dance while looking directly at the camera (ie. you) as he models a woman’s scalp on his head (and sports a mangina).The iconic dance which had appeared in the novel was not in the script. A very brave Ted Levine who played Buffalo Bill insisted that the dance be included in the film and was given free reign to choreograph it himself.

 

 Why It’s Creepy ; 

This is seven kinds of creepy because the scene plays out like a nightmare OkCupid intro video and the song use is terrifying because it’s actually a great track that makes you want to boogie, which just feels straight up, wrong. *shudder*. 

 

 

 

You’re Next ; Looking For The Magic by The Dwight Twilley Band

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What It Was : 

A retro seventies song, that lets be honest with ourselves was only recognizable to Hipsters and people of a certain age.

 

What It Became ;

The song that was stuck in your head as you tried to sleep after seeing You’re Next. And later the ‘You’re Next’ song. Which led to hilarious arguments in the youtube comments section between Hipster music purists and people who had just heard it in You’re Next.

 

Scene ; 

The song is put on repeat at the beginning of the film and is the soundtrack to several murders.

 

Why It’s Creepy ;

The song was well chosen as it begins with a very creepy sounding long sigh and the upbeat nature of the song belies the terrible horrors that occur as it plays (over and over and over). Horror film makers look for ways to make the audience feel uncomfortable, so as to keep them on edge and the device of having the song play on repeat achieved this perfectly. As the song begins to play again for the third time, you feel tempted to shout at the screen “Oh God turn it off!”

 

  

American Psycho; Hip To Square by Huey Lewis And the News

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What It Was :

A song your parents used to play at parties.

 

What It became :

The ‘Oh, isn’t that the song that Jared Leto got eviscerated to? Lets turn it off’ song. Rumors that Huey Lewis had the song removed from the official soundtrack because he objected to his song being played over a violent murder are a myth, Lewis had the CDs recalled and the song removed because the song had only been licensed for the film and not the soundtrack. So it was about money not morals.

 

Scene:

While gleefully and manically talking about the merits of Huey Lewis and The News, Patrick Bateman puts on his waterproof coat and gets his axe. He then horribly axe murder’s Jared Leto as ‘Hip to Be Square’ booms from the stereo. Ugh. 

 

 

Why It’s Creepy ;

The use of the song is incredibly creepy because until this all round creepy film you had a fond association between Huey Lewis and Back to The Future (the film he wrote a theme song for and had a cameo in), childhood memories ruined.

 

Gremlins ; Do You Hear What I Hear? By Johnny Mathis

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 What It Was : 

An innocent Christmas song.

 

What It Became :

The song that reminded you every Christmas to watch Gremlins and reminded you that in parts Gremlins was actually very scary.

 

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Billy’s mother who is home alone hears the song begin to play downstairs and as she slowly makes her way down the stairs, evidence of the mischievous Gremlins can be heard.

  

Why It’s Creepy ;

The use of this innocent Christmas song is incredibly creepy because most of us don’t associate Christmas with being stalked by scary taloned Gremlin creatures. The clever use of the words ‘Do you hear what I hear’ as Mrs Peltzer creeps down stairs straining to hear who is there is stand out creepy.

 

 

Jeepers Creepers ; Jeepers Creepers By Paul Whiteman and His Swing Wing

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What It Was : 

An old fashioned ditty.

 

What It Became :

An old fashioned ditty about ripping out someones eyes and wearing them.

 

Scene:

At the end of the film after Dary has been kidnapped by the Creeper, we hear the song play as the Creeper models his new eyes, which he stole from Darry’s head.

 

 Why It’s Creepy ;

The song is disturbing because there is already an inherent creepiness about old time music recordings with their cheery lyrics and crackling sound. The song also serves as a gut punch revelation of why The Creeper wanted Dary.

 

 

Insidious/Insidious 2 : Tip Toe Through The Tulips by Tiny Tim

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What it was ; 

An already creepy song, sung in a frighteningly high pitch.

 

What It Became : 

Even Creepier.

Scene:

The Darth Maul Demon, sorry I mean ‘Red Faced Demon’ sharpens his claws as the camera pans in on lots of old fashioned toys and other creepy objects. It is then played throughout the sequel, often soundtracking appearances by the disturbing ‘Mother’ character.

 

Why It’s Creepy ;

This song was clearly picked for its ready made creepiness and to be frank playing it over ANYTHING would probably be creepy but playing it while showing weird faced dolls maxed out the creepy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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