Too busy searching for a last-minute costume to make a Halloween party soundtrack? There are a couple options out there: The Flaming Lips' 24-hour song, and the scarily bad Lulu. Or, you could listen to The Amp's spooky playlist, featuring tracks named after scary movies. Dozens of artists recorded songs that share titles with horror films, but we've collected the best of the goriest, from David Bowie and the Clash to Radiohead and the Misfits. Most of the time, the song was directly inspired by the movie (Roky Erickson's "I Walked With a Zombie"), and in some instances, the tune just happens to share a name with the blood-soaked picture (Ghostface Killah's "Child's Play" is about adolescence, not Chucky).
Below, watch the trailers for those scary flicks, and then listen to their namesake songs:
David Bowie's "Cat People"
Sonic Youth's "Hallowe'en"
Badly Drawn Boy's "The Shining":
Ghostface Killah's "Child's Play"
City of the Dead
The Clash's "City of the Dead"
I Walked With a Zombie
Roky Erickson's "I Walked With a Zombie":
Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla"
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Night of the Living Dead
Misfits' "Night of the Living Dead":
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Ozzy Osbourne's "Hellraiser"
Pixies' "The Happening":
(The Pixies' song was released a decade before that terrible movie, but we'll count it since it's our favorite Bossanova track.)
- David Bowie
- Roky Erickson
- Ghostface Killah