Dance Macabre: 15 Best Horror Movie Dance Scenes

10. The House Of The Devil (2009)

House Of The Devil Dance

The Movie: During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client’s terrifying secret.

The Scene: It had been a painfully, dreadfully long time since a horror movie contained a great dance sequence (or any dance sequence at all), when the heroic Ti West came to the rescue with this stunning moment. You know you’re in the hands of somebody who really understands early ‘80s horror when he takes two whole, glorious minutes out of his babysitter-in-danger narrative to have the film’s protagonist dance around a creepy house while One Thing Leads To Another by The Fixx plays on her walkman.

9. The Battery (2012)

The Battery Dance Scene

The Movie: The Battery takes its moniker from the name given to the partnership between a pitcher and his catcher in baseball. Here, the term takes on a deeper meaning when our main leads are eventually introduced as survivors from a New England baseball team traveling through Connecticut just trying to survive each other… as well as the zombie outbreak happening all around them.

The Scene: When our two main characters, Ben and Mickey, decide to spend the night in a house they happen upon, Ben decides to spend his night listening to music and getting inebriated. With Rock Plaza Central’s Anthem For The Already Defeated blasting in his headphones, he drunkenly dances like it’s his last night on earth (after all, he is in the midst of a zombie apocalypse).

8. A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1986)

Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Dance Scene

The Movie: A new family moves into 1428 Elm Street, and before long, the neighborhood kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a young man named Jesse to cause havoc in the real world.

The Scene: Jesse is a procrastinator. Weeks have gone by since moving into his new home and he still hasn’t unpacked all of his things. One night, his father demands that he drops whatever plans he may have and take care of this. What comes next is one of the most awkward dance sequences in film history. With Wish’s Touch Me (All Night Long) playing in the background, Jesse gets down with his bad self. He puts on a pair of shimmery sunglasses (that no male should ever own), shakes his booty in front of his Simple Minds and Kate Bush posters, and even proceeds to close one of his dresser drawers with his butt. You know, typical teenage boy stuff. Nothing suspect about this at all.

7. Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday The 13th Crispin Glover Dance

The Movie: After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, everyone’s favorite hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.

The Scene: In The Final Chapter, certified weirdo Crispin Glover plays Jimmy, a guy just looking to get laid and get over his ex-girlfriend. One of the most well-remembered scenes of the film sees the character at a party, asking a girl to dance. But instead of dancing, he just flails about wildly in start/stop herky-jerky motions. Fun fact: The song used in the scene was Love Is A Lie by the group Lion. However, the word is that they were actually dancing to Back In Black by AC/DC on set, and had to dub the aforementioned song in afterwards. Either way, this scene is glorious.

6. Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

Friday The 13th Part 5 Violet

The Movie: People always seem to have nothing but bad things to say about the fifth entry of the F13 franchise. And we can certainly understand why. For one, it doesn’t even feature Jason as the actual killer. The killer is in fact just some guy named Roy who is upset that his son got killed over a candy bar.

The Scene: Probably the most boring kill of the film is the death of punk-rock-goth-girl and tomboy Violet. Whereas her friends had been dispatched in a variety of brutal and inventive ways, Violet’s demise came with a simple machete stab to the stomach. Even still, the moments leading up to her death are quite amusing with a stalking killer and the upbeat music of Pseudo Echo’s His Eyes. Violet is doing a dance that can only be described as The Robot mixed with Tecktonik and Shuffling. It’s actually sort of hypnotic, in a weird way. It’s also funny how the song stops right when “Jason” is about to kill her. As if the band is like “hold up guys, someone’s about to get murdered.”

One thought on “Dance Macabre: 15 Best Horror Movie Dance Scenes

  1. Great list. Loved it. I totally forgot about Fright Night and Fright Night 2 could have easily been included with Regina showing Charlie her moves. She was perfect in that movie.

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