Nursery rhymes may seem innocent, but they often have sinister meanings, and horror films often use them to scare us! To celebrate the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street which is in cinemas on 7th May 2010, here are some other creepy melodic moments that have crept into our minds:
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The haunting Freddy rhyme ... "1 - 2 - Freddy's coming for you, 3 - 4 - Better lock your door, 5 - 6 - Grab your crucifix, 7 - 8 - Better stay up late, 9 - 10 - Never sleep again..." strikes a scary chord, fall asleep at your peril!
The Omen (1976)
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666." This scary scripture appears in the film The Omen about a demonic young boy.
“Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream, make him the cutest that I've ever seen. Give him two lips like roses and clover, and then tell him that his lonesome nights are over.” This seemingly innocent song is played during the Michael’s murderous rampages.
The Shining (1980)
“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” Written over and over again by Jack in his manuscripts, this proverb shows the beginning of his madness.
Child’s Play 2 (1990)
“Close your eyes and count to seven, when you wake you’ll be in heaven.” Chucky the killer good guy doll sings this to his victims in Child’s Play 2.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
"Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those peepers? Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those eyes?" The popular 1930’s song took a sinister turn in the horror film of the same name.
The Nightmare becomes reality, A Nightmare on Elm Street hits cinemas nationwide on May 7th 2010.