When Halloween rolls around, we get out our ever-increasing mix of horror songs, many of which come from movies. List junkies that we are, we had the idea of ranking the best ones in order of greatness, scariness, coolness and cheesiness, or however the mood struck us. Unlike the Academy we are allowing cover versions, so long as they were actually recorded for the movie. We're also disqualifying instrumental and incidental music, which would include Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho Theme," John Carpenter's "Halloween Theme," Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" and Goblin's music. These are pop songs only. Finally, we're disqualifying such classic Halloween party music as "Ghostbusters," "Weird Science" and "Time Warp," because they do not actually originate from horror films. Rules out of the way, here we go:

9. "Cat People," by David Bowie
Cat People (1982)
Paul Schrader's remake of one of my favorite movies, the 1942 Cat People, is very good for many reasons, but this David Bowie song is the least of them. If memory serves, it runs during the closing credits and has very little to do with the film; it's actually called "Putting Out Fire (with Gasoline)," and it's probably better known to people who bought Bowie's hit Let's Dance album the following year. Nonetheless, it's Bowie, so it's at least listenable. Oddly, Bowie actually acted in a good horror film in 1983, The Hunger, but did not record any music for it.

In Theaters on June 23rd, 1972

A boy (Lee Harcourt Montgomery) befriends a rat named Ben and forms an army of his rodent friends. Read More

The Blob
Not Yet Rated1958
In Theaters on September 12th, 1958

Formless red slime engulfs people; only teens (Steven McQueen, Aneta Corseaut) know. Read More

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
In Theaters on September 11th, 1992

A TV newswoman (Terry Farrell) battles Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and the Cenobites. Read More

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
In Theaters on October 5th, 2003

A teen (Thom Mathews) meets a masked killer, revived by lightning. Read More

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
In Theaters on February 27th, 1987

Teens plagued by bad dreams undergo drug therapy and gang up on Freddy the slasher. Read More

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Pet Sematary
In Theaters on April 19th, 1989

A doctor (Dale Midkiff) and his family move to a town near an ancient Indian burial ground. Read More

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Maximum Overdrive
In Theaters on July 31st, 2005

Truck-stop cook (Emilio Estevez) and hitchhiker (Pat Hingle) flee demonized big rigs. Read More

The Lost Boys
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A woman (Dianne Wiest) and her sons (Jason Patric, Corey Haim) move to a town full of vampires. Read More

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Cat People
In Theaters on December 18th, 1991

Beauty (Nastassia Kinski) and brother (Malcolm McDowell) share feline fate. Read More

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