And fans have been religiously playing the track on loop ever since — annoying and petrifying neighbours in equal measures. Fantasise on a silly little tragic. The band was just as happy as fans that the track was used to accompany the movie too. Hope you are quite prepared to die.
The contrast offers comic relief, a release of tension. We can relax now. Or can we? For Freddy Kreuger is quite literally a dream, the ghost of a killer invading the psyches of suburban youths while they dose, his clawing, mauling attacks manifesting themselves as real bleeding wounds in the waking world. This dream walks. Crosby presumably had some luscious, Dorothy Lamour-shaped female fantasy figure in mind, but now finds his serenade addressed to a man albeit a disfigured monster in a soiled fedora. Ad — content continues below. It also helps humanise the car by conveying a marked taste: Christine only plays songs that were current when she was assembled on a Detroit production line three decades earlier.
Music is intrinsic to horror films, more so than any genre other than perhaps musicals. A symphony of sonic majesty can evoke emotions, and movie scores are essential to building tension, suspense and anxiety. Listen to a soundtrack in isolation, however, and its chilling power can be felt on its own.
The very nature of a horror film is to elicit fear, to evoke literal nightmares and terror. A theme song is a signature tune that becomes associated with the film itself, and a go-to representation of the score. Some even changed the way film scores were made. Universal reused the same piece the following year for The Mummy. The up-tempo percussions evoke a sense of turmoil from the get go, but it eventually becomes bone-chilling with the bizarre, chant-like sound. So, when you do actually hear his score kick in, shit has really hit the proverbial fan.