Nature Trail to Hell
|"Nature Trail to Hell"|
|Song by "Weird Al" Yankovic from the album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D|
|Released||February 28, 1984|
|Recorded||October 1, 1983|
Nature Trail to Hell is an original song by parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. The song is about a fictional slasher film entitled "Nature Trail to Hell in 3-D". At the time of the song's release, the 3-D process had made a short comeback through horror films like Friday the 13th Part III and Jaws 3-D. Throughout the song Yankovic describes the plot and what happens in it ("there's a homicidal maniac who finds a Cub Scout troop, and he hacks up two or three in every scene"), facetiously refers to the violent film as "good clean family fun", and promises he won't "spoil the big surprise" of the ending. It also has a reference to a "Nature Trail to Hell Part 2".
Style parody of...
Some fans have noted the similarities between portions of this song and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" - a cover version to the tune of "Thriller" allegedly exists.
The eerie beginning of the song is reminiscent of Elton John's song "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" which starts out nearly the same as "Nature Trail to Hell".
"Nature Trail to Hell" includes a deliberately-hidden backwards message that parodies the idea of satanic backmasking, the idea—perpetuated by alarmist groups in the early '80s—that rock bands were hiding Satanic messages in their songs. If played backwards, the phrase "Satan eats Cheez Whiz" is clearly audible at the 3:40 mark. The title, coupled with the backtracked message, may be a direct parody of "Stairway to Heaven" and the infamous backmasking controversy related to that song.