You could spend this Halloween listening to “Monster Mash” on loop, or you could switch things up and get reacquainted with some of your favourite ’90s horror movie soundtracks.
Sure, it sounds crazy at first, but if you recall, the ’90s not only successfully revived the slasher genre (thanks, Scream) but also brought some great, spooky music to the forefront. Let’s get creepy with it.
The Craft (1996)
If you dig a good cover album look no further than the soundtrack for the The Craft. The tracklist includes Our Lady peace covering The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows”, Heather Nova taking on Peter Gabriel’s “I Have the Touch”, The Cars’ “Dangerous Type” sung by Letters To Cleo, and The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now?” covered by Love Spit Love. You’ll want to listen to it out of curiosity alone.
It may not have been legendary at the time of its release, but Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand” eventually showed up in the first three Scream films and became a staple of the franchise. And though you probably don’t recognize it by its title, you know exactly the song we’re talking about and that’s why it needs to be added to all Halloween party playlists starting now.
Urban Legends (1998)
With Urban Legends we ran into a situation where the soundtrack is far better than the film. If you can get into artists like KoRn, Rob Zombie, and Motorhead you will be more than satisfied. And don’t forget, it includes Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — just to even the score.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Remember that (first) time Jennifer Love Hewitt made a song and accompanying music video? Because it happened at what was arguably the height of her career, at the time. Of course the song was a bit of a flop and it’s not really suitable for a spooky night, but it’s nostalgic nonetheless.
The Faculty (1998)
There are some great tracks from alternative rock bands like Soul Asylum, Oasis, and Garbage that can be found here, but perhaps the most intriguing inclusion is the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In the Wall”. Members of Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Rage Against the Machine, and Porno for Pyros called themselves Class of ’99 and covered the classic tune specifically for this sci-fi thriller. The real science fiction is why we never heard from them again.
Bride of Chucky (1998)
This one clocks in as the strongest collection in terms of festive anthems for Halloween and that’s mostly thanks to the hardcore jams it includes. The Bride of Chucky soundtrack will keep any party going with songs from White Zombie, Slayer, and Judas Priest to name a few. Plus, you’ve got Rob Zombie’s “Living Dead Girl” to look forward to and we’d say it’s definitely appropriate in this situation.
The Crow (1994)
This soundtrack features Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Violent Femmes, Nine Inch Nails (covering Joy Division), and a song by The Cure specially written for the film. If those names aren’t reason enough, perhaps the film’s cult following and the fact that the album went straight to number one will convince you. Needless to say, The Crow soundtrack should be added to your list of Halloween jams. Or all time list of jams — your call.