With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than by taking a look back at some of the most fun (and bizarre) cult horror-themed musicals of all time?  Here are our top picks!

10. ZOMBIE PROM
ZombiePromMusic by Dana P. Rowe
Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey

“‘What’s a girl to do when her dead ex-boyfriend asks her to the prom?’  Set against the backdrop of the atomic 1950s, Zombie Prom is a zany, tongue-in-cheek musical about two high school sweethearts, Toffee and Jonny, whose love isn’t accepted by their smalltown high school.  Why?  Jonny is a zombie.  The two teens must overcome all the obstacles to get their school to recognize their relationship and allow the couple to attend senior prom together.”

9. THE TOXIC AVENGER
news_0409_toxicavengermusicalMusic by David Bryan
Lyrics by Joe DiPietro & David Bryan
Book by Joe DiPietro

“Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey (just off Exit 13B on the Turnpike). Foiled by the mayor’s bullies, Melvin is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as THE TOXIC AVENGER, New Jersey’s first superhero. Affectionately known as Toxie, our new hero is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the blind librarian in town.”

8. THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK
witches2Music by Dana P. Rowe
Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey

“When three desperate housewives in small town America wish for the man of their dreams, they get far more than they bargain for. All hell breaks loose – quite literally – when Darryl Van Horne arrives to liven things up!  Based on the 1987 cult film of the same name.”

7. BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
arts-graphics-2004_1152707aMusic & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe
Book by Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming

“A musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife and daughter.  However, the townspeople are not as accepting of Bat Boy (now called ‘Edgar’), and conflict threatens to tear him and his new family apart…”

6. SILENCE! THE MUSICAL
Silence1986-650x433Music & Lyrics by Jon & Al Kaplan
Book by Hunter Bell

“In this Silence of the Lambs parody musical, Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecters clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill.”

5. REEFER MADNESS
reefermadnessMusic by Dan Studney
Book & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

“Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.”

4. CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
broadway-flops-Carrie-631
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen

“One of the most famous (and infamous) cult musicals of all time, Carrie is inspired by the Stephen King novel of the same name.    Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.”

3. THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
lshpicmovieMusic by Alan Menken
Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman

“A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!”

2. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL
edmusicalHEADER2Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris & George Reinblatt
Book & Lyrics by George Reinblatt

“Several college students spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods, accidentally unleashing an evil terror. In this comedic take on the 80s horror franchise, characters and demons sing and dance to songs written specifically for the musical. And, as in the films, Ash is there to dish out his various one liners and fight the never ending Army of Darkness.”

1. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
rocky_horror_image_3Music, Lyrics & Book by Richard O’Brien

“Perhaps the most well-known cult musical of all time, it’s the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the ‘Time Warp’, Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.”

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