Welcome to the wonderful world of horror movie title and credits music!
I pilfered my hard drives and came up with some of the best (i.e. coolest, corniest, goofiest, gnarliest, spookiest, neatest…) intro and outro songs from horror movies, primarily from the 70s and 80s, but plenty from before and after that as well.
This mix is completely subjective. I just grabbed the songs I thought would fit in the mix. Some sound very old with the funky big bands; some sound very 80s with all the drum machines and synthesizers and cheesy hair metal.
I didn’t include the really well known songs, like the themes from The Exorcist or Jaws or Hellraiser or Tenebre, (although Claudio Simonetti and the Goblin guys do show up a few times; they’re unavoidable in a mix like this). There are some well known movies in here, but their intro and outro songs might not be all that well known.
And not only horror movies, but I venture into neighboring waters- sci-fi (Forbidden World, Lathe of Heaven), sword and sandal (Conquest), post-apocalyptic (Neon City, The New Barbarians), cannibals (Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive), fantasy (Vicious Lips), krimi/giallo (What Have You Done to Solange?, The Bloodstained Shadow), action (Enter the Dragon, Wonder Women), and some odd/bizarre/unclassifiable midnight movies (Anguish, The Sinful Dwarf, Liquid Sky).
All told, I pulled songs from about 100 movies, and they’re all labelled in the video/music mix. I didn’t really group or sequence the songs in any specific way. Quite frankly, I pretty much threw them together rather haphazardly. But there is a whole bunch of variety throughout the mix, so it all flows nicely enough.
Yes, I know some of the songs are really long. Deal with it.
Oh, and by the way, I remastered every single one of the music clips, so now we all can actually hear all the snappy, cracky high end and all of the basement lows. Dig it.
Anybody make it through all four hours?
Which one is your favorite? There’s really some amazing compositions and techniques in here. Check out the insane bassline in Eaten Alive. Or that totally weird gran casa bass drum in the second track, the Dead Pit credits song, in the context of a weird techno song, no less! And with a piano melody in fifth mode of harmonic minor? F****ng ridiculous and genius! Check out the Einsturzende Neubauten action going on at the end of Demon Rage where somebody is banging on big metal springs or something and bending them around. Love that combo in Raw Meat- rock drummer sounding like he was recorded in some sort of giant airplane hangar with big band horns, an electric piano and a nasty, distort-o synth-bass. Love the low end, analog synth in Witchboard. And check out the drums, full-on fuzz guitar and marimba melody in Deadly Inheritance. Who comes up with this stuff?
Which is your favorite poster? I’m really loving the fan art posters these days (Re-Animator, Silent Night, Deadly Night (Gore! Sex! Murder! Gifts! Nuns!)). Then again, sometimes you just can’t go wrong with the classics (Demons, The Dead are Alive (both of which are desktop images on my cell phone), Zombie.
Some of the artworks I touched up a bit, too. Cropped them properly, fixed up the color on a bunch of them.
Of course, having a great intro song or outro song doesn’t absolutely reflect the quality of the movie. Don’t waste your time watching The Awakening or Body Count or Cemetery of Terror or The Video Dead or Zombie Nightmare. All worthless. And no, I’m not including Monster Shark Devilfish in that list because Monster Shark Devilfish is awesome.
I normally work in FCPX, but for this I used Premiere Pro, mainly because Premiere has the capability of inserting audio processors on the master stereo output channel. FCPX should be embarrassed. Here’s a screen shot of the Premiere edl-
I’ve already written too much, but I could go on and on about all the hidden gems there are in here- Baby Blood, Dead Pit, Forbidden World, Plankton, Raw Meat, Retribution, Shock Waves, Sole Survivor (terrible poster, but a great movie), Rejuvenator (somebody please put this out on dvd!!), Zeder. Go find those if you haven’t seen them.
Questions? Comments? Anything? Lemme know below or on the YT page. Thanks.
Hope you like it.
Brian, Humorless Productions.
(0:01) City of the Living Dead
(2:06) Dead Pit
(5:19) The Final Terror
(8:49) Zombie Nightmare
(11:37) Cemetery of Terror
(13:17) Demons 2
(14:20) Escalofrio: Satan’s Blood
(16:42) Seven Women for Satan
(19:55) Plankton: Creatures from the Abyss
(20:59) Baby Blood
(22:34) Forbidden World
(25:51) Manhattan Baby
(34:52) Wonder Women
(45:28) Terror Express
(46:35) 2019: After the Fall of New York
(48:35) Beyond the Darkness
(50:40) Liquid Sky
(53:25) What Waits Below
(57:42) The New Barbarians
(59:21) The Secret Killer
(1:01:16) The Funhouse
(1:03:44) The Devil’s Nightmare
(1:05:39) Day of the Dead
(1:13:41) Next of Kin
(1:16:57) Silent Scream
(1:26:23) Hell of the Living Dead
(1:27:54) Eaten Alive
(1:35:12) Silent Night, Deadly Night
(1:37:05) Rosso Sangue
(1:39:48) Shock Waves
(1:40:49) A Blade in the Dark
(1:43:17) Neon City
(1:45:23) Ring of Darkness
(1:48:13) Sole Survivor
(1:50:02) Vicious Lips
(1:52:08) The Thing
(1:58:39) The Bloodstained Shadow
(2:00:49) The Being
(2:04:34) The Awakening
(2:08:12) The Devil’s Rain
(2:14:33) Invasion of the Bee Girls
(2:16:12) Body Count
(2:18:05) 1990: The Bronx Warriors
(2:19:33) Night of the Living Dead
(2:24:13) Horror Hospital
(2:25:13) Enter the Dragon
(2:26:04) Deadly Inheritance
(2:28:26) Satan’s Slave
(2:30:11) The Brain
(2:34:11) The Dead Are Alive
(2:36:38) Silent Madness
(2:40:21) Cannibal Ferox
(2:42:40) Liquid Sky
(2:50:06) Demon Rage
(2:54:15) Raw Meat
(2:58:24) The Lathe of Heaven
(3:00:33) The House with Laughing Windows
(3:02:31) Zombie Holocaust
(3:07:46) The Video Dead
(3:09:06) The Last Horror Film
(3:10:48) The Fog
(3:13:55) The Lift
(3:15:58) The Dark
(3:18:15) Witchfinder General
(3:20:42) Monster Shark Devilfish
(3:21:38) The Sinful Dwarf
(3:23:47) The Burning
(3:25:59) Terror Train
(3:28:12) Enigma Rojo
(3:31:31) The Dark Side of the Moon
(3:33:47) Tombs of the Blind Dead
(3:36:14) Vengeance of the Zombies
(3:38:58) Baby Blood
(3:40:36) Zombie Holocaust
(3:45:11) House by the Cemetery
(3:47:19) Escalofrio: Satan’s Blood
(3:50:57) Nightmare City
(3:52:04) Terror Express
(3:54:02) The Devil’s Nightmare
(3:55:04) The Slumber Party Massacre
(3:56:23) Rats: Night of Terror
(3:57:39) What Have You Done to Solange?
(3:59:24) The Devil’s Wedding Night
(4:01:16) The Beyond