Dance Macabre: 15 Best Horror Movie Dance Scenes

5. Night Of The Demons (1988)

Night Of The Demons Angela Dance

The Movie: On the night of Halloween, ten teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor (which is their first mistake). “Hull House”, rumored to be built on an evil patch of land and underground stream, is the place. While starting the party, the teens gather around a big mirror to perform a séance (which is obviously another huge mistake). They subsequently awaken an evil force and find themselves trapped and taken over one by one.

The Scene: In one of the film’s many tour de force sequences, one of our main characters, Angela, becomes possessed and tries to seduce pretty boy Sal to death by dancing like Stevie Nicks to Bauhaus’ Stigmata Martyr. Long story short, Sal leaves the room in bewilderment, and the party’s resident meathead falls for Angela’s moves and loses his tongue.

4. Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night Dance Scene

The Movie: Nobody believes teenager Charley Brewster when he discovers that his suave new neighbor, Jerry Dandridge, is a vampire. So when the bloodsucker starts stalking Charley, he turns to has-been actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter. Unfortunately for the would-be vampire slayers, Dandridge has set his sights on Charley’s girlfriend in this clever spoof of the horror genre.

The Scene: Once things get going, Jerry chases Charley and girl Amy into a club. While Charley is trying to call the police for help, Jerry hypnotizes Amy via a seductive dance number that only the ’80s could have produced. And does anyone else notice that their hair seems to get poofier as the scene progresses?

3. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn Dance

The Movie: From Dusk Till Dawn is essentially two genre movies for the price of one. For the first half of their modern-day B-movie extravaganza, director Robert Rodriguez and writer/star Quentin Tarantino play in the crime sandbox, following a pair of siblings who muscle their way onto the RV of a faithless priest, his daughter, and adopted son. The second half, however, is over-the-top horror bliss – much vampire carnage ensues.

The Scene: Salma Hayek plays the temptress Santanico Pandemonium, an exotic dancer. The Mexican beauty shows off her curvy assets and dances to a sexy Latin beat while wearing a huge snake draped around her shoulders. Ditching the slithery reptile, she calmly walks across the bar tables and singles out a very lucky Quentin Tarantino by putting her foot in his mouth and pouring tequila down her leg for him to lap up. It all gets decidedly less sexy, though, once Hayek reveals her true form, a scaly, menacing vampire. Though, admittedly, even in her monstrous form, she’s still pretty hot.

2. The Wicker Man (1973)

The Wicker Man Willow Dance

The Movie: The Wicker Man tells the story of Sergeant Neil Howie, a devoutly Christian police officer called out to the remote Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. Once there, he discovers the islands’ residents are Pagan worshipers, and things are most definitely not what they seem.

The Scene: At the Inn he’s staying at, Neil’s room adjoins Willow’s, the landlord’s daughter. As he says his prayers and pulls the covers up tight like a frightened little kid, she softly sings along to an erotic folk song – stretched naked, she thumps her hands rhythmically against their adjoining wall. Up she gets, weaving around the room, crooning and slapping the walls, then her behind. It’s marvelous.

1. The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

Trash Return Of The Living Dead Strip

The Movie: One of the best (if not thee best) zombie movies ever. When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise.

The Scene: The great Linnea Quigley made a career out of playing over-the-top characters who get naked (and murdered), but her most memorable turn was arguably as Trash, a punk babe hanging out in a graveyard as a zombie outbreak is a-brewing. In one of the most memorable moments of the film, just making conversation, Trash confesses that being eaten alive by old men would be the worst way to die, in her opinion. She imagines the scene: “First, they would tear my clothes off…” and, for the sake of illustration, tears her own clothes off. What follows is a sexy graveyard dance sequence of epic proportions. It’s a horror movie moment that has yet to be rivaled, and probably never will.

What’s your favorite horror dance moment? Let us know in the comment section below.

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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