It’s Halloween again (in case the endless parade of “sexy
costumes” didn’t inform you already)! This year, we recommend you add some
kitschy tunes, awkward delights, and goth anthems to your Halloween playlist
(and no, we didn’t add Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to this list).
“I Put A Spell on You” from Hocus Pocus
Seriously, who doesn’t like the Sanderson sisters? The trio,
led by the buck-toothed Winifred (Bette Midler) made a splash at the Salem adults’
party (seriously, all the adults at this party let their children roam the
streets unattended just so they could dress up and party). She definitely gives
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins a run for his money when she gives her iconic rendition
of “I Put A Spell on You.”
“Come Little Children” from Hocus Pocus
Sarah, the oversexed Sanderson sister who has a taste for
virgins, gets her own shining moment when she sings a haunting lullaby to the children
of Salem. The song itself has some questionable lyrics for a kid’s movie (there
is a lot more innuendo in the film than I remembered), but it’s another bit of
nostalgia to add to your Halloween night.
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus
Initially released in 1979, the song had a new lease on life
when it was featured in Tony Scott’s cult classic The Hunger. Clocking in at over 9 minutes, it will definitely set
up a creepy atmosphere, and will hopefully remind you of Catherine Deneuve clad
in black leather.
“Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie’s “Living Dead Girl” exists in that transitory
period between the 90s high school slashers and the 00s torture porn. It’s an
addictive song with an addictive beat, references to a plethora of horror/cult
films, and the distinction of being the opening song from Bride of Chucky.
“Halloween” by The Shaggs
Considered the “lobotomized Von Trapp family” by Rolling
Stone, the New Hampshire all-girl rock group was formed when the predictions of
the members’ deceased grandmother started to come true. The band has no sense
of timing or any musical capabilities, but they have great lyrics like “Why,
even Dracula will be there!” You may not want to play this in a party
atmosphere, but you will definitely want to share it with your friends.
“The Mummy” from Mad
Though the film isn’t as well-known as the other Rankin-Bass
productions, it is still a delightful treasure for Halloween-enthusiasts who
can’t wait to hear Phyllis Diller’s infamous cackle. Performed by a group of
skeletons with shaggy haircuts, you can definitely move and groove to this