This is the seventh installment in a continuing series calling out songs that should be in every horror fan’s running (or exercise) playlist. For this installment, it’s about those songs that were written for classic horror soundtracks. Not songs that were INCLUDED in horror films, but rather those CREATED for those films. We can’t fit all of this in just one installment, so I will be posting these as a series. We’re starting this week with some real rockers…


On with the dark tuneage.  ::



“Killer Clowns from Outer Space” — The Dickies

A true classic from the new wave-ish, vaguely pop-punk outfit, The Dickies. The film is PURE mondo kitsch and a classic in its own right. The song only brings this sense home. How can you not grin ear-to-ear on lines like :: “Theres cotton candy in their hands, Says a polka-dotted man with a stalk of jacaranda, They’re all diabolical bozos.” — OR — “See a rubber nose on a painted face, Bringing genocide to the human race.” — OR — “JOCKO!” Bubbly and fun!



“The Maniac 2 Cop Rap” — Josh Barnes, and B. Dub Woods

Composed for the 1990 William Lustig horror film, this one’s a “grinner,” too. This ended the story of a supernatural killer cop who teams up with a serial killer for bloody hi-jinx with a fun bang. Simply fun as all hell! Remember when hip-hop didn’t rule the pop industry and was consequently AWESOME for genre applications like this? I am actually a HUGE fan of “real” rap and I love how it has come into its own, but I do sometimes long for the simpler days of tunes like this one. This will allow you to settle into a solid, conversational pace.



“Trick or Treat” — Fastway

Metal so often makes for good runs. I think it’s the adrenaline that underlies it all. It also makes for really awesome 80’s kitsch horror. Metal itself was the central theme of this 1986 horror thriller with the same name as our track here and therefore music references and cameos are all OVER the movie. See it! Love it! Sweat to it!


Get out there and do it (he says more for his own benefit than anything)!

Here’s all of the other parts in this series — CHECK IT OUT.


Author: David Edward Johnson

A bit about me :: My name is David Johnson. I'm a senior creative with over 20 years of experience. I am currently serving as the Director of User Experience and Product Design at Inmar. Previously, I have served as the Global Digital Creative Director for Whole Foods Market, several agencies at the VP level and co-owned my own agency in New York for seven years. I love genre film, a full range of music, art, kung fu, TM, design, good food and a great joke. I'm based in Austin, Texas and addicted to BBQ.

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