The Hunchback of Notre Dame; HellFire Cover Songs

The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Covering HellFire | Switching Styles

No! You listen! All my life, you have told me that the world is a dark, cruel place. But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you.

Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Introducing Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame stood out for me as a kid and as a young adult. Like many Disney movies, it has a villain, a love interest, a hero, an underdog as well as drama, suspense and no shortage of Disney magic.

However, it has dark undertones that, as an undergraduate and a Journalist, I found and keep finding interesting. There are ideas of toxic religion contrasted against charitable religion, as well as the idea of misinformation used in widespread forms as well as in specific situations.

The interactions between the characters highlight issues of emotionally abusive relationships, unwanted sexual and romantic attention, unrequited love and so so much more. There are so many contrasts to show not only that the world itself is complicated but that there is a fine line between good and bad.

Disney, this is really pretty dark. Though there are some other dark and chilling movies that Disney has created including The Fox and the Hound, Bambi, Old Yeller, and The Black Cauldron. To be honest, The Black Cauldron still makes me tear up. Regardless, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is up there on the list of dark Disney films that seem a bit more realistic than whimsical. According to IMDB, This film, “due to its dark and sexual themes, nearly became the first animated Disney film to receive a PG rating from the MPAA in the U.S. since The Black Cauldron (1985)”.

Well enough about the deep tangent analyzing a children’s film for its dark and not-so-subtle undertones. The audience is here for the music.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Soundtrack

Since this is a musically inclined blog, let’s discuss the soundtrack (which also has seriously dark undertones, but that’s a topic for later on).

The soundtrack includes rather emotionally deep songs including The Bells Of Notre Dame, Out There, Topsy Turvy, Humiliation, God Help The Outcasts, The Bell Tower, Heaven’s Light, Hellfire, A Guy Like You, Paris Burning, The Court Of Miracles, Sanctuary, And He Shall Smite the Wicked, Into The Sunlight, and Someday. Many of the songs within this soundtrack are rather different than those of other Disney films mainly because of the topic and feel but the Gregorian chanting in some of its songs stands out. These Latin chants are actually adapted from real Gregorian chants. One example is a portion of Dies Irae used during the scene where Quasimodo’s mother is murdered by Frollo.

This movie and its resulting music are rather dark with some seriously real undertones. Thus this article will focus on one of the darker songs. “The song “Hellfire” is considered one of the darkest songs written for a Disney film, and was nearly cut from the film,” quotes the trivia section on IMDB. Now for the list of damning HellFire Cover Songs. 

HellFire Cover Songs

We’re going to start with a cover by Mariah Rose Faith and that beautifully exemplifies my point from before. Heaven’s Light and Hellfire are songs about love in one way or another for the same women but from a very different position.

Cover by Jake Turner-Clarkson

Cover by Joel Maroon

Cover by Elsie Lovelock

Acappella Cover by Peter Hollens

Cover by Julia Koep

Cover by Florenza

I hope these HellFire Cover Songs weren’t too dark for you. There are some additional renditions of Hellfire to somewhat cleanse your palette and give a bit of a laugh.

Here’s a literal parody by Thadudette and Gordy Driver that puts this dark song into a wholly different context of fantastic nerdy references.


I hope to have balanced out the dark with a few jokes. Let me know what you think of these HellFire covers in the comments below!!

Let me introduce myself. I'm Dylanna fisher, a writer, creator, and visionary. Currently, I'm a journalism student at Grant MacEwan University based in Edmonton, Alberta. I've recently graduated with a journalism major while growing a freelancing writing company on the side, Dylanna Fisher Communications. Ever since I can remember, I've always been fascinated with sharing ideas with people. And that's exactly what I want to do. Check out my work on Switchingstyles.ca and on dylannafisher.com.

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