Five horror films with great punk rock soundtracks

By: Mar 23, 2015
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Punk music and horror films go together like peanut butter and bacon. Apart, in their natural environment, they are delicious and serve their purpose fully. Together, there are numerous instances when they simply feel out of place; as if they were haphazardly thrown together without any sort of finesse. Still, there are those rare instances when the two mesh so perfectly together that what we're left with is nothing short of magical. Here are five horror movies that managed to succeed in having killer punk rock soundtracks.

  • Night of the Demons (1988)
    Whenever a movie features a cast of characters comprised almost entirely of punk rock kids from the '80s, there's almost a guarantee
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    Whenever a movie features a cast of characters comprised almost entirely of punk rock kids from the '80s, there's almost a guarantee of a good time along with some good tunes. Kevin S. Tenney's Night of the Demons delivers both in spades. Due to its inclusion in the film, Bauhaus' "Stigmata Martyr" has becoming one of the iconic, unofficial "theme songs" of cult horror. Even the film's score by Dennis Michael Tenney has a very 'classic horror meets punk rock' feel to it, with shades of '80s pop thrown in for good measure. Night of the Demons is just a punk movie all around, and one that is very reminiscent of another Linnea Quigley-starring classic from the '80s...

  • Alone in the Dark (1982)
    Not to be confused with the abysmal Uwe Boll video game adaptation of the same name, Jack Sholder's 1982 slasher, Alone in the Dark, is
    New Line Cinema

    Not to be confused with the abysmal Uwe Boll video game adaptation of the same name, Jack Sholder's 1982 slasher, Alone in the Dark, is perhaps the first punk rock slasher film. Though the independent nature of the production certainly evokes a punk mindset, there is an actual punk band in the film, which was a real rarity for the era. Multiple scenes of the film take place in a punk venue where the Sic F*cks play the unbelievably catchy "Chop Up Your Mother." Try listening to the song without getting it stuck in your head for days.

  • Idle Hands (1999)
    One of the greatest horror-comedies ever made, Rodman Flender's Idle Hands is a hilarious romp that finds a lazy stoner (Devon Sawa) dis
    Columbia Pictures

    One of the greatest horror-comedies ever made, Rodman Flender's Idle Hands is a hilarious romp that finds a lazy stoner (Devon Sawa) discovering that his hand is possessed by the devil. Chaos and hilarity ensue, and a solid soundtrack follows. Featuring a cameo from Tom DeLonge of Blink-182, as well as a live performance from the Offspring, you'll be hard-pressed to find a movie that encompasses the state of '90s punk better than Idle Hands. With a soundtrack that features Rancid, Zebrahead, Unwritten Law, and Sublime, it's certainly not for everyone, but it works so well in the context of the film that it's absolutely impossible not to appreciate it.

  • Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014)
    Midnight Crew Studios is the definition of punk horror. A Maryland-based filmmaking troupe who have taken the concept of making movies with
    Midnight Crew Studios

    Midnight Crew Studios is the definition of punk horror. A Maryland-based filmmaking troupe who have taken the concept of making movies with their friends to significant success, Midnight Crew Studios are responsible for creating President's Day, WNUF Halloween Special, and most recently, Call Girl of Cthulhu. Featuring songs from Thee Katatonix and Night Birds amongst others, Call Girl of Cthulhu's soundtrack is as fun as the film it accompanies.

  • Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    There's one quintessential punk rock horror movie that comes to mind whenever people mention punk rock horror movies, and it's Retur
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    There's one quintessential punk rock horror movie that comes to mind whenever people mention punk rock horror movies, and it's Return of the Living Dead. Dan O'Bannon's horror-comedy features loads of great music from the Damned, 45 Grave, the Cramps, T.S.O.L., SSQ, Straw Dogs, and the Flesh Eaters. It's one of the greatest soundtracks of all time, and one that is of genre legend.

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