I was on YouTube looking for the opening credits of a TV show I watched many years ago as a kid, Prey. It starred Debra Messing before Will and Grace fame and Tom Storke who some of you might remember as Julia Roberts’ love interest in Mystic Pizza. He also played Larry in the TV mini series, The Stand, based on the epic novel by Stephen King. I love that book but I won’t get into that here!
I got to thinking about some of the great theme tunes of TV shows over the years and realised that two shows I’ve watched lately, The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle only have a few seconds intro, and that’s it. Why? Well, that train of thought sent me on a trip down memory lane and I had to look up some of the most memorable themes from paranormal TV shows. They’re listed below.
The X-Files: This music screams paranormal, “doo doo doo doo doo doo”. Go on Mark Snow! I’m eleven years old again when I hear this and cowering on the couch with my sister. Words cannot describe how much I loved this show. School mates and teachers from primary and secondary school will remember me wearing a big silver X cross around my neck. Even my Grandad tuned in to see what Mulder and Scully were up to each week :)
The Outer Limits: Freaked me out when I was a kid. “There is nothing wrong with your television set…” The image of the creepy house stretching and becoming distorted evoked a terrible sense of dread in me.
And since I mentioned it at the start of this post. Here’s the opening to Prey. The voiceover is awesome.
Charmed: Sexy, edgy and haunting.
Roswell: Dido’s “Here with Me” introduced us to the aliens and humans in this small, New Mexico town.
Medium: Freaks me out every time I hear it.
Buffy: Brings me straight back to when I was 16.
Dark Angel should be on this list but can’t find find the opening theme on YouTube (bummer): It was a kick ass tune to go with the alpha female, Max.
Ghost Whisperer: Spooky and eerie.
Smallville. A powerful song, quite suitable for a superhero show.
Hex: Sexy and seductive, Gothic horror.
Eerie Indiana: I had a major crush on Omri Katz and was so happy to see him in Hocus Pocus.
Other cool themes I like include The Munsters Today, The Walking Dead, True Blood, Unsolved Mysteries and Kindred the Embraced.
If The Vampire Diaries had a theme song what would you like it to be? I’d have to go with Placebo’s “Running Up That Hill”? What do you think?
Am I missing any other great theme tunes from supernatural/fantasy shows?