MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Most Memorable End Credit Songs
I set out to create a list of the most memorable horror songs, which slowly morphed into a collection of the most memorable end credit horror songs. And now I suppose it’s a list of the ten most memorable 80s end credit horror songs. But I didn’t set out with that as a guideline. It just sort of happened that way. In looking over this list now, I’m left to wonder why nobody puts much effort into the end credits music these days. Since it’s the last impression the viewer has of a film, why not make it memorable?
That’s what these songs have in common.
Some are genuinely cool while others are downright baffling, but I’ve never forgotten them. Even the head scratchers. For your listening pleasure, I’ve included links to all the songs should you need a refresher. And, as always, I want to hear from you. I couldn’t get them all (sorry, entire Shocker soundtrack), so tell me what would’ve been on your list.
10. Don’t Go In the Woods (H. Kingsley Thurber)
From: Don’t Go in the Woods (1981)
The tried and true slasher enthusiasts among you know why this is included on the list: After 80 minutes of steadily increasing nonsense, James Bryan’s woefully misguided "classic" concludes with a song so absurd it somehow manages to dwarf all that has come before it. It’s one great big "what the fuck" cherry, capping off one seriously goofy sundae.
9. Partytime (.45 Grave)
From: The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
It’s only fitting that THE punk rock zombie film come equipped with a kickass soundtrack. You also have to love the fact that this .45 Grave track kicks to life after everyone in our cast has been annihilated by a nuclear missile. Nothing says “partytime” like nuclear death, according to ROTLD at least.
Please note this video is NSFW as it contains nudity.