Song and dance numbers are not only restricted to musicals, though they are most commonly found there. Every now and again you will see a song and dance number in a place it has no business being (I’m looking at you Spiderman 3). It is particularly interesting when a song and dance number pops up in movies that have very dark subject matters. This is a list of five song and dance numbers in otherwise dark movies.
In all fairness, BeatleJuice is a comedy horror movie, but it is a pretty dark comedy. The plot is about a married couple who has recently died and now haunts their old home. They hire a “bio-exorcist” named Bettlejuice (also a ghost), to rid their home of the new human inhabitants. It turns out Beetlejuice is bad news and he attempts to force the young daughter of the family into marriage. Meanwhile, the humans hire an exorcist to get rid of the ghosts.
The dance scene comes in before the Maitland’s, the ghost couple trying to get rid of the living people in their home, decide to hire Beetlejuice. They decide that they will scare away the family on their own. During a dinner party they possess the family and force them to perform a song and dance number to Harry Bellefonte’s “Day Oh.” Other than Beetlejuice’s rampage at the end, the dance number is the most memorable part of the movie.