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17 Fear-Filled Songs Inspired by Scary Movies

The Ramones, Talking Heads, Kate Bush and more make great music for creeps

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The imagery and storylines provided by movies have long inspired songwriters, who have offered musical takes on films ranging from Citizen Kane to High Fidelity and Dirty Harry. But if songwriters can be inspired by movies that make us cry, laugh or mangle Clint Eastwood lines, why shouldn't they also gives us tunes about slashers, monsters and freakazoids? With Halloween hitting this week, here are our favorite songs inspired by the creepy, spooky and downright freaky films that make us nervously hum when we're home alone. Pat Pemberton

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Ramones, ‘Chainsaw’

When the Ramones were playing at CBGB in New York in 1974, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was showing at a theater on 49th and Broadway. The punk pioneers weren't subtle about their inspiration here, kicking off the song with the sound of a chainsaw, which leads to the lyrics, "She'll never get out of there/Texas chainsaw massacre."

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