Christina Aguilera's Song for Morticia in the New Addams Family Totally Slaps, Actually

Shout out to Beth Elderkin for the great gif.
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Everything about The Addams Family beyond the (admittedly great) casting has confused me. A new animated adaptation of the creepy family? Okay, I get it, but the art style…seems a little off? The plot involves them, uh, going to New Jersey? And there’s been almost no marketing? Every bit of new information that trickles out about this film, I become more wary. Surely the Addams Family, inspiration to goth nerds everywhere, deserves better.

I was expecting to find the same thing when I read that Christina Aguilera had made a song for Morticia Addams to go on the soundtrack of the new film. Aguilera’s pretty great, obviously, but it seemed like just another baffling detail in a baffling film. Well, readers, I’m here to tell you I was mistaken: Christina Aguilera’s Morticia Addams song, “Haunted Heart,” totally fucking rules.

This song treats Morticia Addams for what she is: a total badass. It’s got this haunted torch song feel, as Aguilera’s voice crisply carries us through a gothic love story. This is Morticia as a loud, powerful, terrifying heroine, precisely the goth icon generations of weirdos have fallen in love with. Listening to “Haunted Heart,” I’m terrified of this woman, and I also want to be her. I at least want to watch her makeup tutorials, even though they probably involve murder.

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I’m still skeptical of The Addams Family. But I’m hoping that we get something worthy of this badass song.

The Addams Family is in theaters October 11.


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Julie Muncy

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