This morning, I was in the shower singing along to the soundtrack of one my all-time favourite musicals, Little Shop of Horrors, and lamenting to myself that my high school drama club never endeavoured to put it on. (Yeah, I know, I was really cool.)
I began to think to myself that there weren’t many horror musicals that I could name… Evil Dead the Musical and Sweeney Todd were the only others I could bring to mind off the cuff.
But wait! There’s more!
After doing a little research, there’s a handful of other horror musicals out there: apparently Phantom of the Opera is considered horror, Anna and the Apocalypse and Repo! The Genetic Opera are two I’ve heard of but never seen and embarrassingly, I completely forgot about the iconic Rocky Horror Picture Show. But, these are about it, there’s not a ton of horror musicals out there.
With this sad realization in mind, I thought I would propose a handful of horror musical adaptations that we really need.
Ginger Snaps: A Horror Musical
I would LOVE to see this (Canadian) story of awkward teenage puberty portrayed on stage! Two co-dependent, social outcast sisters are forced into conflict when one is bitten by a werewolf and begins to slowly transform.
Imagine this: at the climax of the story, the eponymous Ginger has fully transformed into a werewolf and is stalking her sister, Brigitte, through their basement. Just think of the haunting harmonies, (I’m thinking something akin to First Aid Kit’s gorgeous harmonizing) we could have between the two as Brigitte is forced to choose between saving herself and saving the only person who truly understands her.
The Thing: A Horror Musical
The Thing is one of my all-time favourite horror movies and in my opinion, is essential viewing for any horror fan. I began to think about what kind of music The Thing would feature if it were to be translated into a stage musical, and my first thought was a rock opera, however, that quickly changed when I found this hilarious and frankly, genius video by the user legolambs on Youtube.
Alien: A Horror Musical
Can you imagine seeing the chestburster scene onstage? I have no idea how they would facilitate that but I know the Stratford Festival could swing it if they really wanted to! And I know what you’re thinking – will there be singing Xenomorphs?
I had a lot of fun visualizing what horror movies could be turned into musicals. Do you have any fun ideas? Are there any musicals you think I forgot? Let me know with a comment!