Just as you plonked down on the couch to listen to some soothing music, your damned iPod started playing the "Tubular Bells" track from Exorcist unexpectedly, making you bolt out of the couch with your heart pounding 10 times faster. Get more such adrenaline-induced moments with the following list of creepiest songs from popular horror movies.
The epic 3 minutes “shower scene” from the 1960 Psycho took a good 7 days to shoot and has been shot in 77 different angles.
Be it something as nuanced as whistling of wind or something as ‘in-your-face’ as a woman’s harshly vivid screech, the ultimate goal of horror sound is to scare the living daylights out of you. A horror movie sans any frightening musical accompaniment will not leave you quaking in the boots. A non-threatening powder puffed white-robed hag will elicit a laugh but have that apparition with an acoustic accompaniment of a choir crooning on C minor, and you will be in the need to use the powder room.
A scary soundtrack or song helps to work up tension in horror movies as well as it serves as a harbinger of the imminent unease that is just waiting to turn you 50 shades of pale. While filmmakers use spooky songs to arouse a frisson of horror in the viewers and support the grotesque graphics, these songs make sure they are your eerie company in solitary.
Check out the following list of some of the creepiest songs and soundtracks ever orchestrated for horror movies-
“Sprout and the Bean” in The Strangers (2008)
Joanna Newsom’s “Sprout and the Bean” will proverbially scare you out of your wits. Newsom’s vocals are forebodingly high-pitched and sweet and is supplemented by an equally frightening sound of harp. You will vault out of your chair with this ghostly rendition.
“Pet Sematary” in Pet Sematary (1989)
This spine-chilling song by Ramones can imbue you with the primal feeling of fear and death. The eccentrically monotonous vocals by Joey Ramones create the perfect zombie-esque atmosphere of the movie and also remains the band’s most popular single.
“Stigmata Martyr” in “Night of the Demons” (1988)
The quasi-profane nature of this song by Bauhaus with goriness-inspired lyrics and Latin version of “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit” belted out in harsh grating tones and screams will for sure, creep you out.
“Tiptoe Through The Tulips” in Insidious (2010)
This song by Tiny Tim is a popular pop song from the late 60s and is in fact quite a cheerful song to listen to. But it doesn’t remain cheerful after you see the little boy-ey specter cutting some rug to the record. It’s unintentional yet it will render you motionless out of horror.
“Jeepers Creepers” in Jeepers Creepers (2001)
“Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those eyes?” if you get an answer like “by prising out the back of Darry’s dead head”, chances of you fainting of terror are more. Originally a romantic song intended to placate a horse, the song becomes a horrid signal every time the murderous demon, ‘The Creepers’ makes an appearance in the 2001 horror movie Jeepers Creepers.
“His Eyes” in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
This synth-pop track by Australian band Pseudo Echo plays creepily in the background when Violet is stabbed in the stomach mercilessly. This song befits the bestial killer Jason Voorhees; really that man is so cold with no life in his eyes.
“We’ve Only Just Begun” in 1408 (2007)
This song by The Carpenters in the Jack Cusack starrer 1408 is really apt for the situation he finds himself in. He checks into that godforsaken room no. 1408 and stumbles on an old clock radio that starts playing out this song on its own which is scary, really scary!
“Dead Beat Dance” by The Damned from “Return of the Living Dead” (1985)
“Dead Beat Dance” is a collaborative soundtrack featuring The Damned, Roky Erickson, T.S.O.L., and The Cramps with laughing and screaming thrown in for good measure. It jibes pretty well with the catastrophic brain-devouring Zombie plot.
“I Want Your (Hands on Me)” in Nightmare on Elm Street IV: The Dream Master (1988)
This soundtrack by Sinéad O’Connor with a rap interlude by MC Lyte is like a creepy valediction party to Debbie, a bug-phobic bearable character who is transmuted into a roach and crushed by the sinister antagonist, Krueger.
“Goodbye Horses” in “Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
This hypnotic track by Q. Lazzarus will actually make you break into some dancing but the fact that it was picturized on this obscenely creepy serial killer, Buffalo Bill who is almost ‘in-the-buff’ will give you the shivers.
With Halloween around the corner, these songs will make for perfect scary entertainment for your creepy-cool parties or best, you could use them to pump some creepiness into you so that you can slip into the Halloween mood.