Happy Halloween, friends! Some of my favorite soundtracks are from horror movies — albeit ’90s horror movies — but still. To be fair the ’90s and early ’00s were a time where soundtracks were a huge promotional piece for movies that were coming out and were a huge selling point. It’s no wonder that’s how I found most of my favorite music back then. In the spirit of my favorite holiday, I’m breaking down some of my favorite songs from my favorite horror soundtracks. Warning: What I really mean is, “Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the music that soundtracked my favorite ’90s/’00s teen screams.”
Glory Box – Portishead
(The Craft Soundtrack)
This is probably the most ’90s song on the list, but I’m good with that. This song and the original album are classics in my opinion. During the ’90s people were afraid of women, especially young girls, finding their power. The Craft honed in on that and glorified it. This song is the embodiment of that — and it’s just sexy as hell.
Don’t Fear the Reaper – Gus Black
This Gus Black cover of the Blue Oyster Cult classic is stripped down and acoustic— making it one of my favorites on the album. The addition of the violin and vocal harmonies add just the touch, making this song the perfect haunting addition to the Scream soundtrack.
Hush – Kula Shaker / Clumsy – Our Lady Peace (I Know What You Did Last Summer Soundtrack)
This soundtrack is probably my favorite horror soundtrack because it has consistently great songs on it. Maybe it’s my nostalgia talking, but this “Hush” cover by Kula Shaker and “Clumsy” by Our Lady Peace are two of my favorites. Again, it’s totally ’90s but who doesn’t love that? Monsters, that’s who.
She’s Always in My Hair – D’Angelo (Scream 2 Soundtrack)
This song opens up Scream 2. Say what you will about the movie (although keep that negativity to yourself because I LOVE it). This song is the essence of D’Angelo funk. It still holds up in my book.
Spitfire – The Prodigy (House of Wax Soundtrack)
House of Wax is gritty, a little dirty but super alluring for some reason. The same could be said about The Prodigy’s Spitfire. It worked so well for this movie. Pro Tip: It also makes a great addition to any gym playlist and will help you get through cardio. Also, damn you, cardio!
Mouth (The Stingray Mix) – Bush (American Werewolf in Paris)
You honestly can’t have the ’90s without Bush. This remix was put on the American Werewolf in Paris soundtrack and is still one of my favorite songs from the decade, but — oh man, this movie. It’s so hokey looking back. I don’t know that this one holds up over time (the movie, I mean), but the song still does it for me. Listen below, and giggle profusely at the video if you’d like.
Bonus: Something in the Air (American Psycho Remix) – David Bowie (American Psycho Soundtrack)
I never really listened to this soundtrack, but stumbled upon this remix and liked it. Maybe I’m just missing Bowie, but take a listen.