Movies, Music and Books – Oh My! (A Top 12 List for You!)

A few of my favorite things on this wretched little mudball of a planet are movies (particularly of the horror persuasion), music and books. When I’m in a bad mood, one of these three things can generally pull me out of it.

On my way to work the other day, the song Spit My Last Breath from Boston hardcore band Blood for Blood came up on my iPod and I noticed that they used the theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween in the track. I’ve heard the song a million times but this particular time it got me thinking about how many songs out there are influenced by the horror genre; not songs written for horror movies but songs written about horror movies and books.

So, here is a list of a dozen of those songs that I can think of by bands cool enough to be influenced by two of my other favorite arts.

The Misfits – Night of the Living Dead
The almighty Misfits have more than one song dedicated to the horror genre but this one has always been a favorite.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gv2Mpah9Q

Anthrax – Among the Living
Anthrax have long been fans of Stephen King’s and they wrote this song about his epic novel The Stand. I can think of a few other songs they have that are inspired by King; ten points to you if you can name them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ0-Yj52ErQ

S.O.D. – Freddy Krueger
Betcha can’t figure out which movie this song is about! Anthrax’s Scott Ian was probably the driver behind this tribute.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Idk8lA8U50

Possessed – The Exorcist
Long considered the godfathers of death metal, the San Fransisco metal band started off their debut album Seven Churches with this nod to the classic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVdAEbAoJ98

Lizzy Borden – Red Rum
This early 80’s L.A. metal act released this track on their 1985 album Love You to Pieces. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7ucjJsWQLM

The Ramones – Pinhead
Another band to have multiple songs about horror movies (Chainsaw, Pet Sematary, etc.), Pinhead was a nod to Tod Browning’s Freaks. “Gabba gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6qTJbagDtE

Iron Maiden – The Wicker Man
Maiden’s Bruce Dickison loved 1973’s The Wicker Man so much that he wrote different songs about for Maiden and for his solo project.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZkAQoa1plM

Iron Maiden – Murders in the Rue Morgue
Let’s go for the daily double here and pull out some Maiden again with this classic inspired by none other than that happy-go-lucky Poe fellow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqnIzQSlOIM

Death – Evil Dead
This tribute to one of the best films in horror history can be found on the Florida metal band’s debut album Scream Bloody Gore.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYWC0ypBSI

Deicide – Dead by Dawn
The second on this list penned for the almighty Evil Dead. I think I was actually scared of this song the first time I heard it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS-CWADtENE

Rigor Mortis – Re-Animator
Texas speed metal band Rigor Mortis had this track on their self-titled 1988 debut album.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8d_tZL2his

Metallica – The Thing That Should Not Be
This song is probably the ultimate tribute to all things Cthulhu; Lovecraft would be proud.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYJGt67Mwmo

Well, there’s my dirty dozen. You’ll see it revolves mostly around punk and metal…what else would you expect from me? Did I miss anything? Let’s hear it…

 

Stay gory, my friends.

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