The right music can set the mood for a horror movie and can become as iconic as the film itself (see Halloween or Psycho), but the wrong music can take the scares right out of a movie or make a bad film completely ridiculous. Consider these terrible tunes, which you can dub the "bottom 10" (in descending order, from least awful to most).
Since LL Cool J co-starred in the movie, I suppose this song makes as much sense as any on the list, but that still doesn't make the chorus ("Deepest, bluest, my hat is like a shark's fin") any more ludicrous.
Choice Lyrics: "I'm talking death at a moment's notice. / You wasn't focused. / Me and my crew strike / Like some underwater locusts."
Like the movie, this ridiculously simple hair metal song from bodybuilder-turned-actor Jon Mikl Thor is so bad it's almost good. Almost.
Choice Lyrics: "What's the sound moving through the ages? / What's the sound turning over pages? / Rock! Talkin' 'bout rock!"
The song so bad that no artist would put their name on it, this preteen-skewed rap popped up at the end of the '80s cult hit The Monster Squad, which goes to prove that the best is not always saved for last.
Choice Lyrics: "Who can stop their deadly might? / Who will stand up for the right? / From the mouth of babes comes dynamite. / The Monster Squad gonna groove tonight."
Pure '80s cheese could describe both this song and its made-for-TV musical, but depending on your taste, that could actually be a good thing. Harry Belafonte's daughter gives it her all, but this attempt to ride on the coattails of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" falls short, if for no other reason than the fact that it seems to encourage suicide.
Choice Lyrics: "I'm dead, you're dying. / Everybody should try it: get dead!"
A career nadir for hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC, this ill-fated attempt to update Ray Parker, Jr.'s original anthem sounds more like a 2 Live Crew rumpshaker with lyrics that were scribbled on a napkin two minutes before they entered the recording booth.
Choice Lyrics: "They walk through the wall / With no time to stall. / You call the Ghostbusters. / Well, that's who you call!"
I don't know which is worse: the corny song or the accompanying dance from this wannabe monster movie-meets-beach party movie, featuring the wannabe Beach Boys.
Choice Lyrics: "The zombie stomp is fun to do. / Come along and do the zombie too. / Spook it up the whole night through!"
Unlike DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's superior "Nightmare on My Street," this rap from gimmick song specialists The Fat Boys ("Wipeout," "The Twist") was officially endorsed by the Elm Street franchise...which unfortunately means that Freddy himself raps for several verses. To top it off, those who watch the music video have to suffer through an opening skit that showcase's the group's oh-so-awkward comic timing.
Choice Lyrics: "Like a Ginsu blade, like a blender, he'll blitz. / Fred Krueger's puttin' on the ritz."
The Maniac Cop franchise isn't exactly the most popular in history, but I would've hoped it could do better than this sad New Jack Swing rap that actually uses the word "jive" with a straight face.
Choice Lyrics: "Bullets won't hurt him. / I know it sounds like jive, / But we're not sure if he's dead or alive. / Set him on fire, / I shoot him with an Uzi, / But he'll show up in your Jacuzzi."
The fact that most of the lyrics in this insufferable pop ditty are unintelligible is probably a blessing in disguise, although it's far from the worst thing in this weird blend of monster movie and E.T. ripoff.
Choice Lyrics: "Get 'em down the highway / At the speed of light. / All I wanna feel / Is the wind in my eyes."
More like an excruciating community center talent show than a musical number, this rap tune -- performed by the Leprechaun himself over what sounds like a pre-programmed Casio hip-hop beat -- is a fitting finale to the silly "urban horror" of Leprechaun in the Hood.
Choice Lyrics: "I hate to resort so soon to magic. / Haven't been laid so long, it's tragic."