A good horror theme should be creepy enough to raise the hair on the back of your neck, and memorable enough to follow you around long after you leave the theater. But what happens if these scary tunes from TV and movies get switched from a minor to a major key? At least for the examples in this video from YouTube user Muted Vocal, they become horrifyingly … dorky.
Once transposed into a major key, The X-Files’ theme becomes a pleasantly plinking easy-listening tune. Halloween’s theme sounds like the kind of swelling music that might plays at the end of an ’80s romantic comedy. But perhaps the best transformation happens with A Nightmare On Elm Street, which sounds like what would have happened if Tim Burton had directed Polar Express.