Confession: I am obsessed with bizarre, cult horror and sci-fi musicals. This can probably be traced back to having been born on a Friday the 13th in October (the spookiest month of the year). With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to explore some of the strange-but-infinitely-entertaining songs from these little cult shows. Below are ten of my favorite, utterly bizarre female selections from horror and sci-fi musicals. With shows like Little Shop of Horrors, Bat Boy, and The Addams Family now staples of community and professional theatres around the world, you might even find a good audition song or two in this post!
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1. “Jonny Don’t Go to the Nuclear Plant!” from Zombie Prom
Overview: 1950s high school student Toffee laments the death of her ex-boyfriend Jonny, who tragically threw himself headfirst into a nearby nuclear power plant.
2. “Little Mary Sunshine” from Reefer Madness
Overview: The sweet and demure Mary Lane succumbs to the temptations of the dreaded marijuana, transforming her into a hyper-sexual dominatrix.
3. “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons” from Evil Dead: The Musical
Overview: Annie recounts her various relationships with men over the years, all of which mysteriously ended in death and dismemberment.
4. “Waiting for the Music to Begin” from The Witches of Eastwick
Overview: Jane and the demonic Daryl discuss music and have a wild cello/violin duet which culminates in an explosive musical [and actual] orgasm.
5. “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me” from The Rocky Horror Show
Overview: After discovering her fiancé Brad in bed with Frank, Janet Weiss decides to seduce the hunky-but-not-too-bright Rocky.
6. “One Last Bop” from Eating Raoul
Overview: During a heated dispute, Mary Bland debates whether to kill her husband or her swarthy lover with a frying pan.
7. “I Want More” from Lestat
Overview: Claudia, an orphan girl turned vampire, grows tired of her two overbearing male guardians and longs for fresh blood to indulge in.
8. “The Last Man on Earth” from Zombies from the Beyond
Overview: The alien opera diva Zombina outlines her plans for world domination.
9. “Why Are All These Heads Off?” from Lizzie
Overview: Three women wail an ominous punk rock tune about decapitated pigeons in this number from Lizzie, a musical about reputed ax murderer Lizzie Borden.
10. “I Know” from Halloween Hullabaloo
Overview: An offbeat young woman inexplicably decides that the best way to woo her crush is to dress up as him for a Halloween party they are both attending.