‘The Blob’ vs. ‘The Green Slime’ vs. ‘The Tingler’: Which Creature Feature Had the Catchiest Theme Song?

a picture from the 1968 sci-fi/horror movie
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Perhaps this alien Green Slime is simply wanting to dance with Richard Jaeckel to the 1968 film's groovy theme song?

When it comes to creature features and other horror movies, you expect to hear scary music. But sometimes, you get a musical bonus in the form of a tune, often a title song, that may seem out of place at first given its whimsical, upbeat nature, but which ultimately adds to the enjoyment of the film.

That was the case with three classic monster movies from the 1950s and ’60s that feature my favorites from among such title tunes. Maybe you remember these, as well; you can give them a listen or a re-listen below and decide which one you might like best.

If you’re hard-pressed to pick a favorite, I understand. They are all bangers!

The Blob (1958)

a scene from the 1958 movie "The Blob." the title creature, a giant, gelatinous, amoeba-like monster, is approaching the outside of a movie theater that is advertising a midnight "spook show."

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The Blob, about to give the audience of a midnight “Spook Show” a real scare


Steve McQueen (billed as Steven McQueen) was in his late 20s when he played a teenager in the famous sci-fi/horror flick The Blob, one of the future star’s earlier roles. The title creature is a gelatinous and carnivorous amoeba-like creature that, after arriving on Earth via a meteorite, begins to envelop everything in its path as it grows ever larger.

Naturally, people should stay away from such a thing. Helping drive this point home is the movie’s bouncy opening title song, cowritten by Burt Bacharach, which boasts lyrics that, while admittedly being quite repetitive, do accurately convey the various reasons why you should “beware of the blob.”

The song is performed by a group called The Five Blobs, who to the best of my knowledge were only assembled for this tune and did not record any more Blob-related music afterward (not even for the Larry Hagman-directed 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob).

The Green Slime (1968)

the movie poster for the 1968 movie "The Green Slime." In large green lettering at the top reads: "The Green Slime Are Coming!" Below that is an illustration of the outside of a round space station, with astronauts outside of it battling the title creatures against a starry background. In the foreground is a woman astronaut being grabbed by one of the monster's tentacles, wrapped around her right thigh as she looks back at it it horror. The creatures are large and green, with a single, large red eye in the center of their rounded heads.

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Kinda looks like The Green Slime are already here!


For this next theme song, we jump ahead to the psychedelic late ’60s and a title tune performed by surf music pioneer Richard Delvy for The Green Slime, a very weird Japanese/American co-production led by American actors Richard Jaeckel and Robert Horton, and Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi (familiar to fans of James Bond films as SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in 1965’s Thunderball).

The song is as wild as the movie for which it was written. But it almost immediately becomes an earworm that can swarm your mind as quickly and thoroughly as the green slime invade Space Station Gamma 3.

The Tingler (1959)

a black-and-white image from the 1959 horror movie "The Tingler." Pictured from left to right are stars Daryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts and Vincent Price. Hickman and Price are wearing white lab coats, and Cutts a dark-colored dress, and they are all looking up with concern at the shadow of a centipede-like "Tingler" on the wall above them.

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Daryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts and Vincent Price looking up in dread at The Tingler


Okay, I cheated a little with this last song, which I only recently discovered, as I don’t believe that it was ever used as an official theme to William Castle’s The Tingler, led by Vincent Price.

Based on the label on the 78 RPM record played in the video below, “The Tingler” was played in the lobbies of movie theaters to help promote the film. I wouldn’t doubt that this was another gimmick dreamt up by the ever-creative Castle — along with wiring seats in certain theaters to vibrate when the Tingler appeared onscreen — to create buzz for his production.

Price’s inimitable voice is heard near the start of the record, using a bit of reverse psychology as he warns listeners that if they don’t like to be frightened, they should stay away from The Tingler.

He is heard again at the end of the bouncy, yet kind of ominous, tune, with another warning that “only the brave should enter this theater.” Who could resist such a challenge from the horror master? Would you want Vincent Price thinking you were too chicken to see his movie?