Nifty Halloween YouTube Thing: Nature Trail to Hell

When I was a kid, I could never quite decide if “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Nature Trail to Hell” was funny or scary. The lyrics, sure, I laughed at those, even though I hadn’t yet seen the slasher movies it mocked (or, for that matter, truly understood the levels of awfulness regarding the Six O’Clock News). But the tune – especially the middle section with the screaming and the backmasking – was plenty creepy to a grade schooler several years away from getting hip to horror.

These days, meanwhile, I find the song a little funny, a little scary, and a lot brilliant. Especially that middle section.

Bonus! If you ever wondered what the backmasking was all about, this video clears it up for you.

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