ONTD Halloween Original™: 10 Songs From Horror Movie Soundtracks



"Without music, life would be a mistake."
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Music is an outlet for those who make it and those who don't. The anxieties we feel can be quelled by that favorite song, or bad memories can be summoned with a track you wish you never had to hear again. Music taps into our psyche more than we know.

In horror movies, sometimes the perfect song can elevate the story or mood. A song may also be a device to better explain what you see (or don't see) on screen.

Here are ten random songs featured in or written specifically for horror movies.



"How Do I Deal"
Jennifer Love Hewitt

from I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

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Jennifer Love Hewitt provides the vocals for this original song on the I Still Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack. "How Do I Deal" is an angsty pop/rock track that reflects the less dour mood of the sequel while still referencing the trauma the protagonist feels after the events of the first movie.



"Prisoner"
Barbra Streisand

from Eyes of Laura Mars

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Even if you're not a fan of Streisand, this haunting ballad is enjoyable. Streisand is wild as she cuts the musical theatrics and unleashes her voice.



"Prom Night"
from Prom Night

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This slasher couldn't get the rights to actual famous disco tracks so the movie composed its own. It was revealed that the singer of the movie's title song is not a single person but really an amalgam of random backing vocalists. Try not to get this one stuck in your head.



"Cry Little Sister"
Gerard McMann

from The Lost Boys

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The Gothic "Cry Little Sister" serves as the main theme for The Lost Boys, a coming-of-age tale involving vampires. It's a dreamy dark wave track that was actually written before Gerard McMann saw any footage from the movie. So it mentions nothing about vampires yet somehow encapsulates the mood of the movie so well.



"Through the Trees"
Low Shoulder

from Jennifer's Body

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The fictional Low Shoulder from the cult hit Jennifer's Body is a real-life band (minus Adam Brody) that now goes by Wildling. "Through the Trees" is typical sounding of slower, more mindful 2000s indie pop/rock, but it is a beautiful song with lyrics that well describe the events of the movie.



"Raven"
Do As Infinity

from Uzumaki

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Sometimes songs don't really fit the movie they're tied into. That is true for Uzumaki's closing song "Raven," a catchy alt-rock B-side written and performed by the Japanese band Do As Infinity. The English translated lyrics can be read here.



"Bump in the Night"
Steel Breeze

from Witchboard

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One of the more underrated supernatural horror movies from the '80s includes this wonderfully ghoulish heavy metal number.



"Got You (Where I Want You)"
The Flys

from Disturbing Behavior

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Some say the '90s was the last era for truly good alternatve music on the radio. That may be true, but at least we have the memories of solid one hit wonders like "Got You (Where I Want You)."



"Things That Go Bump in the Night"
allSTARS*

from I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

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So the live-action 2002 Scooby-Doo movie isn't exactly a horror movie, but this teenybopper earworm is too irresistible to not include. Everyone should honor the allSTARS*'s short-lived career by adding this track to their Halloween playlists.



"White"
PinkDolls

from White: Melody of the Curse

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If you like modern K-pop, you should know what to expect from this fictional horror pop group's cursed song. Be sure to read a translation of the track's creepy lyrics.



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