10 Horror Musicals You Need To See

A musical dream come true.

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Thanks to its fourteen Oscar nominations, La La Land could well herald the return of the musical to multiplex screens, which is all very well if you want to see the kinds of films critics refer to as “soaring and gorgeous” but not so much if you’re a poison-hearted misanthrope who thought A Serbian Film was a knockabout comedy.

If you fall into the latter category, fear not – there are musicals you can sit back and enjoy without compromising either your manliness or your bleak worldview. These are the movies that take suicide, deformity and cold-blooded revenge as their subject matter and think subtle is a city in the Pacific Northwest.

If you thought that horror movie musicals began and ended when Carrie The Musical died on stage after only five performances, you’re missing out on some of the most vibrant motion pictures that ever met a projector bulb. Loaded with wit, style and colourful characters, these are neither your traditional musicals nor your average horror movies.

In some circles, it’s even a badge of honour to admit you own these films on Blu-Ray but have never seen My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Fiddler On The Roof or any other “respectable” musical. Horror movie musicals aren’t gunning for respect – hell, some of them aren’t even “good” – but they have a style and an attitude you don’t get with the more mainstream stuff.

Judge for yourself.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'