It’s here! Happy Halloween!!

Here’s one of my favorite Halloween songs. Type O Negative’s Black No. 1.


Music can make or break your movie trailer. Like that Smashing Pumpkins song in the first Watchmen trailer.

That song, combined with the film footage, made me think I was going to see the coolest superhero picture of all time. Instead it turned out to be Watchmen.

Here’s another example. The person who recut this Wicker Man trailer — turning it into a comedy — really nailed it with the music.

Using Mr. Big Stuff and Walkin on Sunshine, you get a hilarious Nicolas Cage fish-out-of-water comedy, instead of the hilarious Nicolas Cage fish-out-of-water horror flick.

The Halloween movies were known more for John Carpenter’s score than for any band, but Brother Cane’s And Fools Shine On deserves to be part of the canon.

At least it’s a listenable track in what many would call an unwatchable movie — Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.

Whenever I hear this song I think of Fall. I grew up in western New York, where it actually feels like Halloween in October.

I miss that. Good song.

Apparently you can own this song if you buy the CD in Japan or something.

I’ll remember that next time I’m in Tokyo.

I love Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.

Actually, let me correct that. I love the first half of the movie. The second half is not as much fun — for me — because the characters aren’t as appealing.

But anyway, here’s a great scene, and a great song for your Halloween playlist.

I mentioned that cover version of Mr. Sandman the other day so I thought I’d post it here.

This version, by Nan Vernon, plays during the closing credits of Rob Zombie’s Halloween.

It’s really creepy. Give it a listen.

I’ve got to follow up yesterday’s Friday the 13th track with another one from the series.

Here’s Metropolis’ Darkest Side of the Night, which played during the opening credits of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.

I’d say it’s almost as good as yesterday’s song. Almost. Hey, there’s plenty of room for two Friday tracks on your Halloween playlist.       

Sometimes you can hear just a snippet of a song and it will get stuck in your head forever.

Then, you’ll have to wait decades until technology lets you figure out the name of the song.

According to my Shazam app, the song playing in this clip from Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, is His Eyes by Pseudo Echo.

If you’ve seen the flick you know this scene.The character Violet is doing these awesome pop-lock moves until she’s stabbed by this phony Jason.

I love this song! It’s a must for your Halloween playlist.

You can’t have a Halloween playlist without Mr. Sandman.

The decision to feature this song in Halloween 2 was brilliant and now it’s a staple of the series. There was even a cover version that made it into Rob Zombie’s remake back in 2007.

I love this song. It can be fun and creepy at the same time. Enjoy.

Here’s another one from Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight.


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When John Carpenter flicks were great, they delivered the complete package.

Here’s a piece of music from 1983’s Christine, a flick that could have been so-so if not for the score by Carpenter and Alan Howarth.

The music in Christine is still awesome to this day, and I think it belongs up there with the best Carpenter scores.

How can you do Halloween without Ghostbusters?

For me, this is one of those flicks I can’t watch without saying every single line. For the entire movie.

This one and Beverly Hills Cop. And Clue. If you’re in a room with me watching those three flicks just be prepared to act out the entire movie while we’re sitting there.

Anyway, there’s plenty to choose from on the Ghostbusters soundtrack, but I’m gonna go with Saving the Day. It’s an uplifting track.

Hey, how about the guy with the red hair who’s like, “Ghostbusters! Alright! Alright!” I love how you can hear that guy over all the other people, the mic must have been hanging right above his head.

Go to 1:45 and you’ll see the guy I’m talking about. If I was that guy I’d have that thing cued up anytime someone came to the house.

"Did you see me in Ghostbusters that time? Let’s go to the tape!”

This is a great scene. I know Hip to be Square doesn’t sound scary, but every Halloween soundtrack needs a dance break.