When most people think of horror movies, dance sequences do not immediately come to mind (unless, like us, you find Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo quite terrifying, in which case, they do). And yet, they have long been a staple of the genre.
Well, we all know that sometimes the least likely elements can make for the most awesome horror movie moments, and when talking about dance numbers this is most definitely the case – from the sexy to the eloquent to the ridiculously awkward. What do jazz-hands, high kicks and The Robot have to do with horror? Take a peek at these 15 classic horror dance clips and you’ll find out…
15. Troll 2 (1990)
The Movie: A young child is terrified to discover that a planned family trip is to be haunted by vile plant-eating monsters out of his worst nightmare. His attempt to save his beloved family is assisted by the spectre of his deceased grandfather. Also, there are NO trolls in this movie, only goblins.
The Scene: Let’s break it down; Holly Waits hates that her boyfriend has friends, is like 14 years old, but apparently did dope at some point, and she is also a student of the Saved By The Bell school of dance. Watching this young lady in her Garfield t-shirt, dancing in front of the mirror is truly a sight to see. The only downside to this gold is that it’s not 10 minutes longer.
14. Sleepwalkers (1992)
The Movie: Charles and his mother Mary have recently moved to a small town in Indiana with sinister plans. They are sleepwalkers – they can change their appearance and they need the lifeforce from young women. Charles has picked out young Tanya Robertson, whom he meets at a local high school, as his next victim. This was basically Twilight before Twilight.
The Scene: Tanya works at the local movie theater and when things quiet down, we see her toss her headphones on and clean up the joint while listening to Do You Love Me with the volume on max. Also, it should be noted that this girl seriously knows how to work a broom.
13. Prom Night (1980)
The Movie: In this classic ’80s slasher romp, Jamie Lee Curtis is dependable as always in the role of Kim, one of a group of high schoolers who must live with the accidental death of one of their pals (and Kim’s sister) some six years previously. However, there’s a ski-masked, glass-shard wielding lunatic on the loose with some horrible telephone etiquette, and he/she doesn’t seem anywhere near as willing to let it go.
The Scene: In the film’s big showstopper, our main character dances awkwardly with her dad (Leslie Nielson) and then sets the floor aflame with her boyfriend to the movie’s earworm theme song. A prolonged dance sequence set to disco music is unusual for a slasher film, but a beautiful thing nonetheless.
12. Creepshow (1982)
The Movie: Featuring five stories written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero, this anthology is often revered as a fan favorite. The movie opens with a young boy, his Creepshow comic book, and a disapproving father, and we subsequently flip through the comic pages in cartoon clip scenes delivering us to the short stories within…
The Scene: The segment Father’s Day is about a murdered father who returns as a zombie to exact his revenge on, you guessed it, Father’s Day. Obviously, this story calls for a rollicking dance number. Throwing his entire body (including, memorably, his face) into the early ‘80s pop groove, pre-fame Ed Harris reveals unprecedented moves that give credence to all of those stereotypes about white men and dancing. It’s devastating when it ends after a mere 20 seconds.
11. House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
The Movie: In Rob Zombie’s directorial debut, two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
The Scene: Before all of the murderous mayhem ensues, the infamous Firefly family puts on a Halloween show for the stranded youngsters. The daughter, Baby, does her best Betty Boop impersonation as she belts out I Wanna Be Loved By You by Helen Kane as she gracefully dances around the stage. Soon enough, Baby offends one of their guests by flirting with her boyfriend causing her to shove Baby to the ground. Big mistake. Sheesh, if only they’d let her finish her dance number maybe these kids would have lived to see another day.