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Vault Takes: Favorite Song About a Horror Film

Fantômas
“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”
The Director’s Cut
Released on July 9th, 2001

This may seem like a cop-out, not only because it’s literally a cover of the film’s main theme, but because Twin Peaks isn’t necessarily horror. Even so, it features some of the most horrific imagery I’ve ever seen anywhere, the most unsettling of which can arguably be found in the movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. This isn’t a straightforward cover, though. The first half sticks relatively close to Angelo Badalamenti’s original composition with scat vocals from Mike Patton in place of the lead saxophone part, but the second half introduces a completely original lyrical passage that’s eerily vague, yet just suggestive enough to evoke the distinct mood and rustic aesthetic of Twin Peaks.

-Ethan Sturgill


Mortician
“Zombie Apocalypse”
Zombie Apocalypse (EP)
Released on February 17th, 1998

This is a tough one, since there are brilliant bands like Frightmare that exclusively write songs about horror movies, then there are classic songs like Deicide’s “Dead by Dawn, Death’s Evil Dead,” and S.O.D.’s “Freddy Kreuger,” but when it comes to my absolute favorite song about a horror movie, it has to be Mortician’s “Zombie Apocalypse.” It’s basically the heaviest death metal song ever written. Even decades after its release, it still sounds like getting stomped on by a tyrannosaurus.

-Kyle Messick


Dokken
“Dream Warriors”
Back For The Attack
Released On November 2nd, 1987

I was extremely torn between this song and Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask),” since that one not only goes way back for me but is a great piece of art based on my favorite Friday The Thirteenth film – Jason Lives. But the horror frontman’s song itself is just a bit too cheesy to overtake Dokken’s “Dream Warriors,” named after the third Nightmare On Elm Street film of the same name. Really, the layout is what captures everything so well. A softer, yet eerie intro that slowly progresses into a stellar traditional-styled metal riff is only a small part of its excellence. The lyrics are very cleverly crafted, the slow rise to the harmony-filled chorus, and George Lynch’s ripping solo are way too much to not love. The song itself isn’t overly heavy, but man is it ever a powerful tune! It even captures the hopeful emotion that the characters in the movie likely feel. This will forever be a favorite and an essential.

-Nichalas Edward


The Axis of Perdition
“In the Hallway of Crawling Filth”
Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital
Released March 28th, 2005

Okay, teeeechnically I’m stretching the horror “movie” angle here since this entire album is based on the Silent Hill videogame series, which did have a movie made out of it but this album predates the film by a year. But since Nick took “Dream Warriors” already I’m going to stick by this unless Mr. Editor comes in with a giant red pen. “In the Hallway of Crawling Filth” is one of the extremely few metal songs ever, let alone based on an established horror property, to actually sound scary. It sets the stage for the album itself wonderfully, and it captures the aesthetic of Silent Hill to perfection. Ten minutes of droning, industrial clanging punctuated with distant, horrifying wails. The drum machine adds so much to the malevolent lifelessness, and the few riffs that appear are as twisted and uncanny as the denizens of the hellish town itself. Horror is way more than camp and gore, sometimes it’s sheer, cold, unforgiving emptiness in a void that is staring back at you with hate in its eyes, and that’s what Axis of Perdition excels at.

-Angelo Sasso

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