4 Reasons Why the Horror Genre Jams for the Music Industry

From Alice Cooper to Rob Zombie, music plays a massive role.

Pierre Roustan
Aug 20 · 2 min read

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense: music sets the mood. And there’s nothing moodier than a good, sultry, sick horror film! Or horror TV series, for that matter. When looking at the thematic displays of how horror plays out in music, the fact is for quite a while we only saw the genre penetrate a certain type of music: rock n’ roll.

Case in Point: Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Etc. Etc.

Something about rock n’ roll and heavy metal just fit the mood viscerally. It wasn’t for everyone, though. Some of it was just way too freakish. Like how many couldn’t stomach splatterpunk or the likes of the Human Centipede, many couldn’t handle Ozzy Osbourne ripping off the head of a bat during a live performance.

Still, we’re seeing a bit of a resurgence of horrific imagery, but not quite as, say, intense as we may be used to. Simply put, horror has earned subtlety that’s propelled the genre into a new kind of regimen. We have examples like GET OUT and A QUIET PLACE and gothic horror pieces like CRIMSON PEAK and Guillermo del Toro’s foray into the SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK brand. Long story short, it’s less about the freak factor and jump scares and more about the ambiance, the vision, the characters, and the resonation with good ol’ fashioned human fear!

Without a doubt, that’s playing up in the music industry, too.

Here we have examples of how many bands and musicians are taking cue from the likes of Alice Cooper and evolving it into their own beasts. Like we said, it’s not about sensational stabbing anymore. Don’t get us wrong: we dig some Rob Zombie just as much as anybody else —

But these days, while some of the imagery you’ll see in music videos might still make your skin crawl, it’s not so much what’s crawling on your skin as it is why and how. Check out these still wicked music videos and see for yourself. They’re winners in horror (and believe it or not, not all of them are from the hard rock or heavy metal genre!).


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