Welcome film lovers! Movies are great, aren't they? The costumes, the sets, the sexy actors, and amazing makeup and who doesn't love a great musical number? In the spooky spirit of halloween I've compiled a list of movie musical numbers attributed to the most disturbing, dastardly and evil character's around. Check it out below the top ten movie villain songs.
10.) The Princess and The Frog: Friends on the Other Side
The 2009 animated Disney princess film takes place in the beautiful and culture rich New Orleans. Following a hardworking and determined girl brought together by fate with a spoiled, wealthy boy the story rises and falls through a series of adventures. This provides the perfect setup for some seriously catchy tunes. Friends on the Other Side pulls the viewer into the spooky world of dark magic. With images of voodoo we get the idea that the evil shadow man, Dr. Facilier is up to no good, tricking his customers to save his own skin from an other worldly dark power.
9.) Annie: Easy Street
The 1982 film is an American family heartwarming classic. With lighthearted jazzy songs the film details the journey of everyone's favorite little red headed sweetheart, orphan Annie and her success in achieving her dream of finding a loving family. Among the cast is the ever talented Carol Burnette as Ms. Hannigan who blesses us with the swinging evil sound of the song Easy Street. The song brings to light the twisted plans of Ms. Hannigan, her brother and his girlfriend as they plot to kidnap the orphan Annie for a large sum of money.
8.) The Lorax: How Bad Can I Be?
The 2012 animated film is a family treasure based on the cherished Dr. Suess book. The story is a lesson in caring for the world around you with the usual Dr. Suess style imagery including silly words like truffula and thneed. In the film we find lots of fun songs to sing along to, one of the best being How Bad Can I Be. The song rocks with a more modern appeal as a young hipsteresque styled Once-ler jams out with his guitar. This song is especially evil due to the fact that as we listen to the song we watch the Once-ler go from being simply ambitious and naïve to being greedy and destructive. The birth of a villain! Muahahahaha!
7.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch
In the 1966 T.V special we embark on a Christmas classic. The story follows the Grinch, an angry green grouch living at the top of a mountain desperate to take away Christmas and all that is joyful from the Whos living in Whoville at the bottom of the mountain. Despite the film short being cute, childlike and a cartoon, when it comes down to basic plot the Grinch is a pretty messed up guy and the song You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch gives us the best use of metaphors to depict how insidious the Grinch really is. Through the uniquely entrancing voice of Thurl Ravenscroft we get unforgettable imagery reminding us not to go near the Grinch or even touch him with a 39 and a half foot pole.
6.) Pete's Dragon: Every Little Piece
This 1977 Disney live action film is the hidden gem to rival most treasure chests. The movie encompasses a small orphan boy's escape from abusive wards to a nice home with the owner of a lighthouse and her father, all with the help of his invisible pet dragon of course. Wait What? Yes I said invisible pet dragon. Pete's Dragon, Elliot acts as a sort of guardian angel and best friend to Pete as he helps him through the rough patches. However, when a get rich quick phony doctor passes through the town he hears rumors of the dragon. Naturally he ignores them until he discovers the medicinal value of multiple dragon body parts. In the song Every Little Piece, the doctor and his assistant go into detail about the healing powers of dragon bits and how they plan to chop up Elliot to make their millions.
5.) Anastasia: In The Dark Of The Night
The 1977 Fox film (yes that's Fox not Disney) follows the story of the famous lost duchess Anastasia. Despite being based on real people the story itself is fiction. The lost duchess separated from her family has no memory of them or of her life before. At the blooming age of 18 she decides to find out who she is and on her journey she awakens Rasputin(or his corpse), a traitor and old enemy of her family known for his terrorizing abilities in dark magic. When he realizes that he hasn't been able to move to the afterlife because Anastasia is still alive and thus the curse is incomplete, he sets out for one last hurrah using the last of his powers to try and eradicate Anastasia from the world. The song In the Dark of the Night emphasizes Rasputin's desire for revenge and chills viewers to the bone with imagery of bugs, corpses and demons.
4.) Little Shop of Horrors: You'll Be a Dentist
This 1986 cult classic gives us a nostalgic feel for the fifties with catchy songs to lighten the homicidal mood. Little Shop of Horrors covers the story of an alien venus fly trap that eats people. It's trusty caretaker, Seymour hides the plant in a florist shop where he works. He cares for it and feeds it out of fear. Despite the plant's blood thirst the real villain is the self absorbed idiot that the girl of Seymour's dreams, Audrey is latched to. played by none other than the brilliant Steve Martin, Orin Scrivello is a narcissistic dentist with a sadistic love for inflicting pain. In the too catchy to not sing along song You'll Be a Dentist, Orin talks about his history with violence and how he channeled that violence towards dentistry, allowing the viewer to slowly realize how psychotic he is all while humming a fun tune.
3.) The Lion King: Be Prepared
The 1994 beloved animated Disney film covers the circle of life. Acting as an appropriation of Shakespeare's Hamlet the story follows Simba the lion prince's coming of age tale as he fights to confront his uncle, Scar for murdering his father, Mufasa. The song Be Prepared features early in the film showing viewers Scar's dastardly plan to murder Mufasa his own brother and take over as king. Scar employs nazi soldier inspired hyenas (not the kindest of creatures) to do his dirty work for him as he entertains us with an outstandingly disturbing musical number.
2.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Hellfire
The 1996 animated Disney film is arguably one of the darkest Disney films made. The plot revolves around a deformed man, Quasimodo shut up inside a bell tower of a church by the delusional self-righteous Judge Frollo. The film is shocking in it's boldness, images of witchcraft and religious connotations. In the song Hellfire, Judge Frollo faces serious internal conflict as he feels guilt for his sexual desire of a young Romani girl Esmerelda. He sings in front of a hearth slowly becoming more and more enraged to the point of claiming damnation for the girl. The scene contains terrifying imagery of hell spooky enough to scare anyone into a confessional.
1.) Jaws: Jaws Theme-John Williams
The famous 1975 thriller takes us on an adventure far out to sea on a mission to catch a shark that's been terrorizing a public beach. The three unlikely heroes of the story are determined to seek the shark only to discover that they gravely underestimated it's size and they definitely need a bigger boat. John Williams in all his cinematic musical genius composes a compelling, adrenaline pumping piece simply titled the Jaws Theme, which announces the arrival of the deadly shark. The tune isn't quite a musical number, but instead part of a soundtrack; however, it is arguably one of the spookiest cinematic musical pieces used to bring viewers fear and of course as always entertainment.