While Marilyn Manson may not currently be a household name, he was the center of the industrial music scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s along with stalwarts Nine Inch Nails and White Zombie. Manson’s music spurned a national discussion on the impact of music on violence with the “new” phenomenon of school shootings starting with Columbine. He hasn’t released a relevant record since the start of the New Millennium, and was reduced to a laughing stock during an unfortunate appearance on The Walking Dead review show, The Talking Dead. This isn’t Manson’s first foray with music for film. He submitted a redo of This is Halloween as a bonus track for the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.
So why Manson? Why this song? Why on a Marvel soundtrack? The answer is the very nature of The New Mutants. The marketing for the film presents it as a hybrid superhero / horror film, with many horror elements evident in the recently released trailer. Let’s hope that Marvel’s gamble will pay off, and more horror elements can find their way in to the Marvel filmography. With the collapse of the planned Universal “Dark Universe” of classic movie monsters, the time is right for a Marvel Monsters film featuring the Marvel versions of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Living Mummy, and The Man-Thing.