Vincent Price passed away twenty years ago today. A true icon of the horror genre, he is probably most known for his contribution to the King of Pop’s zombified hit “Thriller” in the early 1980s.
Serial killers are a fascinating study, especially those who eluded capture. Jack The Ripper is one of the most notorious serial killers in history, and Judas Priest used him as the inspiration for “The Ripper” from 1976’s Sad Wings of Destiny.
One of the greatest B-movies of all-time had one of the greatest theme songs of all-time. This movie is a must-watch at least once a year.
What can I say about the Swingin’ Neckbreakers? Nothing, actually. I know absolutely nothing about this band and have never heard any of their songs except “No Costume, No Candy,” which I’m not even sure ever appeared on any of the band’s records. But it is on an excellent compilation called Halloween Hootenanny, along with Rob Zombie, Reverend Horton Heat, and Southern Culture In The Skids. That’s some pretty fantastic company, and this is a pretty fantastic song, too.
I have to admit that in my misspent teenage years, I did attempt the “t-shirt and jeans” costume, and there were a few adults who were not impressed. I’m sure I even heard the phrase “no costume, no candy!”
From the album Deep Red Shadows, Lillian Axe explores the morbid subject of taking life. Guitarist (and the only remaining original member of the group) Steve Blaze is a huge fan of horror, especially vampires.
As if Screamin’ Jay Hawkins original wasn’t creepy enough, shock rocker Marilyn Manson made “I Put A Spell On You” even scarier. Released on his 1995 album Smells Like Children (which also features the chilling cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”), it was later included on the soundtrack for Lost Highway and gained some traction among college radio stations. The video below was made by YouTuber DisposableMisery, who used clips from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Horror punk is a niche genre to be sure, and Wednesday 13 is easily the best artist within the genre. With each album, Wednesday 13 and his ghastly group matures in morbidity. “I Walked With A Zombie” comes from the 2005 album, Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead.
Unlike “A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, the Fat Boys’ ode to the Elm Street monster was authorized; it played over the end credits and was included on the soundtrack for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Robert Englund reprises his role as Freddy Krueger for this music video.
Whatever you do, don’t…fall…asleep.
The great thing about the internet is you can always discover something old that is new to you and then share that with people who will look at you like an idiot because they discovered it years before.
Skyhooks were an Australian band and took this song to #1 on the Australian charts. People in Australia probably revered Skyhooks like Van Halen in the States. Maybe they were even as big as the Beatles. But I’m not Australian, and Skyhooks have been off my radar until just a few weeks ago when I began researching Halloween songs.
Alright, so technically this isn’t a Halloween song, as the “Horror Movie” is actually “the 6:30 news.” But if you forget that part, it’s a groovy seventies song that sort of fits the season. I’m just shocked out of my brain that I had never heard it before.