Horror Movie (Skyhooks song)

Infobox Single
Name = Horror Movie


Artist = Skyhooks
from Album = Living in the Seventies
B-side = "Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)"
Released = 1974
Format = 7" single
Recorded = 1974
Genre = Glam rock
Length = 3:47
Label = Mushroom Records
Writer = Greg Macainsh
Producer = Ross Wilson
Certification =
Last single = "Living in the 70s"
(1974)
This single = "Horror Movie"
(1974)
Next single = "Ego is Not a Dirty Word"
(1975)

"Horror Movie" was the second single from the Skyhooks album "Living in the Seventies" and was their first number-one single in Australia, staying there for two weeks in March 1975.

The single was greatly helped along by the band's appearance on the then-new ABC pop music TV show "Countdown".

Along with "Women in Uniform", "Horror Movie" is widely recognised as one of the Skyhooks' signature tracks. The song itself, written by bass player Greg Macainish, is about how the world has taken a turn for the worse with all of the chaos in society, to the point where watching the nightly TV news is like watching a horror movie.

The song remains popular as a Halloween song in the United States, and appears on the compilation album "Elvira Presents Haunted Hits".

In 1998 Australia Post issued a special edition set of twelve stamps celebrating the early years of Australian rock and roll, featuring Australian hit songs of the late 50s, the 60s and the early 70s.

"Each of them said something about us, and told the rest of the world this is what popular culture sounds like, and it has an Australian accent." [cite web |url=http://www.auspost.com.au/philatelic/stamps/index.asp?link_id=2.389 |title=Australian Stamps : Rock Australia |publisher=Australia Post |date=2001-03-20 |accessdate=2008-05-21]
One of the stamps featured was the "Horror Movie" stamp as illustrated to the left.

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