Hoffa's Top 10 Horror Movie Songs

With Halloween quickly approaching, Hoffa rates the best original songs made specifically for use in the soundtracks to your favorite horror films!

It's that time of the year again - Halloween! And nothing says Halloween quite like horror films! While a memorable instrumental score is vital to the success of today's horror films / franchises, adding to the chilling atmosphere of frights, haunts, and scares, often overlooked are the original songs made especially for many of the top titles in the horror genre.

In the 1980's and early 1990's, the horror film genre was inextricably and forever linked with hard rock / hair metal, so much so that it even created a sub-genre of horror films lovingly known today as the 'Heavy Metal Horrors.' Thus, it's no surprise that this list is dominated by hard rock / hair metal songs and bands!

So, without further ado, here is Hoffa's list of the top 10 greatest original songs made specifically for use in the soundtracks to many of your favorite horror films!

#10 -

'Have You Seen It' by Reggie Bannister & the Jizz Wailin Ya Doggies from the film Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)

#9 -

'Hellraiser' by Motörhead from the film Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

#8 -

'Energy' by Thor and the Tritonz from the film Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)

#7 -

'After Midnight' by Fastway from the film Trick or Treat (1986)

#6 -

'Who Made Who' by AC/DC from the film Maximum Overdrive (1986)

#5 -

'Paradise (We're On Our Way)' by Black Roses from the film Black Roses (1988)

#4 -

'Cry Little Sister' by Gerard McMann & Michael Mainieri from the film The Lost Boys (1987)

#3 -

'Dream Warriors' by Dokken from the film A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

#2 -

'He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)' by Alice Cooper from the film Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

#1 -

'Pet Sematary' by The Ramones from the film Pet Sematary (1989)

Be sure to let Hoffa know what you think of this list and add your suggestions in the comments section below.

Enjoy Halloween!

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Greg October 22, 2012 at 09:49 PM
That was Bowie in his prime, at about the same time he did the Serious Moonlight tour. Here is the live version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPyj8CJSIf4
James R Hoffa October 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
@Greg - Another great selection - perhaps Hoffa should have consulted with Greg before compiling the list! And Hoffa sees what Greg means about the movie version being better to watch ;-)
James R Hoffa October 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Another great song by Danny Keough and Angela McClusky called 'Deliver Me,' from the made for USA cable network horror film Cabin by the Lake (2000) featuring Judd Nelson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMUbOi9B_S8
Steve ® October 23, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Greg October 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Hoffa did a fine job even without Greg's consultation.


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