Ranking Time: Horror Movie Main Theme Songs

With it being Halloween today I figured I’d post something horror related. Part of what makes horror movies as scary as they are is the music that accompanies them, particularly the main theme. That’s why, in the spirit of the season, I’ve decided to break down what I consider the best horror themes of all time just in case you need some song suggestions for your Halloween party tonight. My consideration included how good the song is, as well as how good it incapsulates the movie and fulfills the mood. Keep in mind these are just my favorites, and if you disagree let me know what you think I missed in the comment section. Welp, lets get the fuck to it.

10. Day Of The Dead (1985)

Starting off my list is Day Of The Dead from 1985. It is the 3rd in the “Dead Series” saga from legendary film maker George A. Romero. If you haven’t seen it, this is set in 1980’s Florida, and you can catch hints of that in the music. It has this sort of great tropical feel to it, while also managing to sound as if they entire world has come to an end. All in all it’s a great zombie movie with a great soundtrack, which is why it earned the number 10n spot on my list.

9. The Omen (1976)

Number 9 on my list is the classic satanic horror film The Omen. Some of you might be wondering why this isn’t higher up and I’ll tel, you why. This is just some gregorian chant and I don’t find it scary, nor do I find the movie scary. Maybe It’s because I’m not religious or whatever, but a kid that’s the Devil? Fuck him. If the Devil was inside some 8 year old kid’s body, I would beat the shit out of him effortlessly. I will still recognize it as a classic, but this is just a case of scaring an audience full of pussies.

8. Zombie (1979)

Number 8 on my list is Lucio Fulci’s cult classic Zombie (Or Zombie 2 depending where in the world you are). The Italian gore master hit a grand slam with this one back in 1979, and the music also holds up well. The synth and drums create this awesome feeling of dread, which is primarily what the movie is about seeing as the characters are stranded on a Caribbean island with zombies. This is a much watch for any horror fan, and even if you think you’ve never heard anything from this movie you probably have. One of the most famous lines is “The boat can leave now, tell the crew”, which I have seen used and sampled in so many different things.

7. Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

Flying in from out of nowhere in the number 7 spot is 1988’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space. While technically a horror movie, most people know it as a groundbreaking cult comedy about an invasion of killer clowns from space. The effects are cheesy and the acting sucks ass, which in the end only only adds to the appeal of why this is such a cult favorite. You have to admit the theme song kicks ass, and quite honestly if I were ranking movies based on the entire soundtrack, this would be much higher. If you somehow haven’t already, get baked and watch this movie.

6. Amityville Horror (1979)/ Pet Sematary (1989)

Number 6 is The Amityville Horror theme song. I included Pet Sematary because it sampled part of it and is very similar. Very good movies? Yeah. But maybe it’s my aversion towards Satan or whatever but these just don’t do it for me. I agree that they compliment their respective movies well, but the whole “Children’s choir singing” schtick is pretty played out if you ask me. Call me “Brave” or “Somebody that has a huge dick” as much as you want, but I’m just not scared by kids, especially choir kids.

5. Resident Evil (2002)

The middle choice for me is 2002’s Resident Evil theme. Starring hot ass Mila Jovavich, somehow this unique zombie movie did not do well at the box office. We all grew up playing the video games and knowing of the evils of the Umbrella Corporation, so I don’t know why it bombed so badly. I personally think the sequel is much better, due to the fact they are out on the streets fighting zombies as opposed to in “The Hive”. Either way, the theme song is catchy, creates a great atmosphere, and above all, kicks ass.

4. 28 Days Later (2002)

The number 4 spot on my list is occupied by another 2002 zombie movie by the name of 28 Days Later. I guess in technical terms it’s not a “zombie movie” per se, but in my eyes it’s a fucking zombie movie. The “infected” take over England and start attacking/eating people, which sounds like zombies to me. What I really love about this particular theme is how it builds up. It starts out so calm, but by the end you feel as if the world really is coming to end end and you need to act immediately, which is precisely how the movie plays out. Great song, great film.

3. Return Of The Living Dead (1985) 

Another cult classic, number 3 on my list is George Russo’s Return Of The Living Dead. If you think the title is related to Night Of The Living Dead, that’s because it is. Russo was a producer on the original Night Of The Living Dead and created this series. Although lawsuits occurred at some points, Romero and Russo eventually made up and dropped all the cases against eachother. This is one of the first zombie comedy movies the world ever saw and audiences reacted accordingly. It was popular when it came out and it remains popular now. Similar to what I said about the other comedy film above, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, this entire soundtrack is awesome, and if I was ranking based on the full soundtracks this might be my number 1.

2. Halloween (1978)

Now I’ll be quite honest: Anybody that didn’t see the last 2 choices coming either doesn’t watch horror movies or is more deaf than my cousin after I lit an m-80 off behind his right ear. This is without a doubt one of the most known themes of all time, in any genre. Michael Myers shows up? You better fucking believe this awesome piano riff is right there with him. The Halloween movies, alongside Romero’s dead series, are my personal favorite horror movies franchises of all time. Michael Myers would beat the shit out of any of the other slasher prima donnas thrown his way. Freddy? Nigga please. Mike would be the one that makes Freddy afraid to fall asleep, and if you understand the movies you know that’s a real diss. Jason Vorhees? You mean the clown who made his mom kill people for him in the first movie? LOL. Michael Myers is the clear GOAT when it comes to killing teenagers for fun.

1. The Exorcist (1973)

This is the clear number 1 and it’s not even up for debate. Very similar to the preceding theme, Halloween, the piano work is so good here that Mozart would get hard if he heard it. I watched this movie for the first time in years the other day and this music fits perfectly. I don’t know how to play piano, but I would love to learn how to play this song. This, and “Jump” by Van Halen. If I learned those 2 songs, my life would somehow be better.

Well there’s a quick list of my favorite Halloween theme songs. Once again, let me know what you think deserve a spot on the list in the comments. As an added bonus, here are a couple more songs from the above movies that aren’t the main theme, but are still awesome songs nonetheless. Happy Halloween everybody

4 comments

  1. Have you seen the latest Hallowe’en movie? I tell you, the residents of Haddonfield really could have done with the help of the residents of West London: “Why did you do that?” “Hide, don’t run!” “Noooo, don’t use the creepy service station toilets!” And so on …

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