if you know me, you’ll know that i love horror. i love to be scared. i’ll always choose a horror movie over a comedy or drama (or anything else). i’m not sure why, but i just love it. i’ve watched so many horror films that i actually feel numb to even getting scared by them anymore (besides the occasional movie that makes me nearly pee myself).
along with my love of the horror movie genre is my love of creepy music. i actually have a spotify playlist called “evil” so i can catalog all my strange and scary music choices. am i weirding you out yet?
in honor of halloween this friday, i’ve compiled a list of my top 5 favorite creepy songs to send shivers down your spine (in no particular order).
1. “living dead girl” by rob zombie
i love me some rob zombie. his grungy horror style appeals to me for some reason (in both his movies and music). there’s nothing like sitting down with a bowl of popcorn and watching the devil’s rejects for the hundredth time. this song is one of my favorites, but i recently discovered an album of his called american made music to strip by which features all remixes of some of his most popular songs. if you like this, you should check it out. white zombie is pretty great too.
2. “house of the rising sun” by lauren o’connel
i first heard this song in a commercial for american horror story: coven. i didn’t really live the show that season, but i had to find this song after i heard it. it’s a cover of the classic by the animals, but this version gives me actual goosebumps every single time i listen to it. she sings the song in a slow and sultry style, and i actually listened to the lyrics more closely to realize this song is a lot heavier than i had always thought. her voice is reminiscent of a dark lana del rey. in fact, i think she should totally cover this song as well.
3. “personal jesus” by marilyn manson
marilyn manson looks like he celebrates halloween 365 days of the year. i love his dark twist on this song, especially with the juxtaposition of his antichrist image and the topic of jesus and faith. there are lots of versions of this song and i enjoy all of them; most notably by depeche mode and johnny cash. but marilyn manson’s version is perfectly deranged – check out the video to see how weird he looks holding a cute little baby.
4. “scorn” by portishead
this dark and sexy remix of the song “glorybox” is featured in one of my favorite witch movies, the craft. it conjures up images of dark magic and mischief. portishead is one of my favorite trip hop bands ever and i can’t get enough of them – this song though never ceases to intrigue me and creep me out at the same time.
5. “mad world” by gary jules and michael andrews
donnie darko is one of my favorite movies. every time i watch it, i come up with a new conclusion to what i think might have actually happened. it twists my mind in a million directions. i also love the soundtrack…quietly creepy and chill-inducing. this song is probably the most well known from the movie, and it’s a cover of the classic from the band tears for fears. i prefer this version, though – sort of dark and lonely and introspective, and reminiscent of the feel of the movie itself.