Remember music videos? Well, once the bands you like used to have them on a channel called, get this, Music Tele Vision, or MTV. Now, you have to go to YouTube to see your favorite videos. Here are ten that feature your favorite horror movie characters, too.
1. “What’s This Life For” by Creed from Halloween H20: 20 Years Later: For all the reasons to hate this movie, perhaps the biggest one is that when Creed offered to do the music, The Shape didn’t stab Scott Stapp in the throat.
2. “Leatherface” by Lääz Rockit from Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III: Yet another movie we’d like to forget, but a decent song from an unsung Bay Area thrash band.
3. “Trick or Treat” by Fastaway from Trick or Treat: If you spend longer than two minutes with me, chances are I’m going to bring up how much I love this movie and how I wish Sammi Curr was a real metal artist. I’m fist pumping on my couch as I type this.
4. “Love Kills” by the Vinnie Vincent Invasion from A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master: How many times is Freddy going to be on this list? As many times as he wants. How many lists does Vinnie Vincent get to be on, anyway?
5. “No More Mr. Nice Guy” by Megadeth from Shocker: This one makes me ask a question: what do I hate worse, how wimpy Dave Mustaine’s voice sounds in the talking part of the opening or the movie Shocker? I honestly don’t have the answer.
6. “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask}” by Alice Cooper from Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives: No less a horror icon than Alice Cooper himself could compose a theme for Jason Vorhees, then lead the homeless satanic army in Prince of Darkness, then play Freddy’s dad. Don’t forget that he was also in the Claudio Fragrasso directed movie Monster Dog!
7. “Dream Warriors” by Dokken from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: You’d have to look long and hard to find a better band/movie tie-in. Seriously, just knowing this song was going to be in the film was enough to get me to rent it. And bonus points for Taryn when she rocks a Dokken tour shirt early in the movie!
8. “Are You Ready for Freddy” by the Fat Boys: This isn’t even from a movie, but the Fat Boys meet Freddy in a haunted house. This was yet another part of the babyfacing of a former child killer.
9. “Hellraiser” by Motörhead from Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth: Lemmy was more unkillable than any 80’s horror icon and I’ve never gotten over his death. Beyond inspiring the name for Hawk and Kensuke Sasaki’s New Japan tag team, this song is pretty amazing on its own (and yes, I know it’s really an Ozzy song).
10. “You Could Be Mine” by Guns ‘n Roses from Terminator 2: Judgement Day: Yes, we realize that T2 is closer to science fiction than horror, but you get both T1000 (brother of former Nine Inch Nails guitarist and Filter singer Richard Patrick, who wore a NIN pin on his uniform in this film) and Arnold as the good old Terminator. Plus, this video came out long before the long-delayed Use Your Illusion albums.
Honorable mention goes to…
“Who Made Who” by AC/DC from Maximum Overdrive: I can’t really put this one on the list because the actual movie doesn’t appear in the video, but it’s a great original song from a movie with wall to wall AC/DC, who had never allowed their music to be in a film before. Writer/director/major fan Stephen King won them over by singing “Ain’t No Fun” in its entirety to them at their first meeting.
“Pet Semetary” by the Ramones from Pet Semetary: I have some rules when it comes to music. Don’t trust metal dudes with short hair. And if someone doesn’t like The Ramones, their taste is suspect. For all the shit people give Joey and the boys for every song sounding the same, this one doesn’t follow the formula.
“Månelyst” by Kvelertak: While this video isn’t from any movie, it has references to tons of great films, from The Exorcist to Happy Hell Night, I Spit on Your Grave, Antropophagus and more. Plus, I love this song!
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