Chris “the scoop” Salce here and I have what I hope to be an interesting article for you. I had this idea to put together a list of some of the creepiest TV theme songs that I used to definitely get creeped out about as a child. A couple of these theme songs on the list still do give me the creeps and a couple are just funny to think they used to be creepy. Here are the top five creepiest TV show theme songs (in my opinion)…
5. Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (1997-2002) was a show originally hosted by Star Trek‘s Jonathan Frakes. The show consisted of five stories with almost impossible storylines. You then would have to choose which of the stories were true and which one were false. There was just something about the theme song mixed with the narrators voice that made for a creepy theme song.
4. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990-2000) aired on Nickelodeon and was like a Twilight Zone for children, where the kids in the “Midnight Society” would go around a bonfire and attempt to tell the scariest stories. The theme song intro consisted of children laughter and a porcelain clown doll.
3. Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt (1989-1996) aired on HBO and was a show where the Crypt Keeper would tell a series of horror stories. The scariest part of the show’s intro was when the Crypt Keeper would suddenly pop out of the crypt.
X-Files (1992-2002 and soon to be rebooted) was a show the coined phrase ‘I want to Believe.” Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder would go around solving mysteries like the chupacabra and alien abductions. There’s no need to explain why the theme song gave me the creeps. The theme song even has some urban myths about it surrounding secret societies.
1. Unsolved Mysteries
Unsolved Mysteries (1987-2010) originally hosted by Robert Stack and later by Dennis Farina, was a show that told stories of the unknown and unsolved. The stories would involve anywhere from the supernatural to alien life and murders. Robert Stack made Unsolved Mysteries even creepier with his iconic voice and during the shows intro, Stack would narrate what stories would be on that particular episode.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) gave birth to all creepy television theme songs. With Rod Serling’s signature voice, the show would be introduced and Serling would prepare you for what you were about to see. Since I was born in the 80’s, I only watched reruns of the series and I’m sure the theme song gave people the creeps in the 50’s and it proves to be one of the most iconic theme songs in television history.