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Rock and horror has spent decades walking hand in bloodied-hand. Imagery from the horror world has been ingrained in many metal performances since its conception, and many leading musicians have stepped forward as aficionados of the genre.
As part of our Halloween celebrations, we've dug out some of their top recommendations. Remember to share your top horror movie tips in the comments!
Kirk Hammet (Metallica)
Hammet says a good horror movie is like a roller coaster. "A good horror movie should have peaks and valleys, a good horror movie should move you emotionally, a good horror movie should be exciting to watch and energizing in a weird kind of way," he said this week while promoting his new book "Too Much Horror Business".
As you might expect, he loves classics horrors like "The Mummy" (1932):
He likes to keep up with modern horror movies too. "A few movies I've seen recently that I really like are 'Trollhunter' (2010) and 'Insidious' (2011)," he said. "These days the horror movie genre is strong, and there's a lot of great movies coming out."
The Grammy-winning artist is also a filmmaker and personally rebooted the Halloween movie franchise. He told the Daily Beast about a few of his favorite zombie movies.
"Dawn Of The Dead" (1978) - "This Romero masterpiece may not be the one that started it all, but it sure set the gold standard for all zombie films to come... The intensity of the entire film can be seen on the stillness of his face in the final scene when, in the face of certain death, he prepares to kill himself."
"28 Days Later" (2002) - "Just when you thought you had seen it all in the zombie game, along comes Danny Boyle and his running zombies... and f--k, does it ever work. Animal activists release a rage monkey virus and all hell breaks loose."
"White Zombie" (1932) "Lugosi creates yet another iconic horror character by the name of Murder Legendre, a sinister cloak figure of pure evil commanding an army of living dead. I'm also pretty sure it was the first time the word 'zombie' was used in a film. Why this film isn't as beloved as Dracula and Frankenstein, I will never know."
Manson says he's not crazy for slasher films, but he told Revolver that when he does watch them he tends to root for the bad guy. Who'd have guessed?
"The Omen" (1976) - "I was in Christian school, so I was always afraid of things related to the Devil, to the extent that I was always checking my scalp to see if I had '666' tattooed on my scalp."
"The Walking Dead" (2010) - Not a movie, but Manson gives a good justification to why it's so original: "If the world starts ending outside and we're locked in here, it's not the sh-t outside that's scaryit's what people do in that situation, when their morals and their behavior, their ideals, and everything that you thought they stood for changes... that really what I like about 'The Walking Dead'."
Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
Anselmo is a self-professed horror movie buff and talked about his all-time best horror movies with Bloody Disgusting.
"Evil Dead" (1983) - "Evil Dead, which I know now was a fluke, has to be one of the best flukes in the history of film... Evil Dead was a hallmark film in my life."
"The Old Dark House" (1932) "This was also a hallmark film for me with Charles Laughton and Melvyn Douglas, not to mention Boris Karloff playing Morgan. As a matter of fact, if I'm not mistaken, that was Karloff's very next role after he'd done the original Frankenstein. That movie was fantastic."
"Don't Go In The House" (1980) - "In a time where slasher films were very big, this was not a slasher film. The guy burns people to death; he's some sort of necro-arsonist. It's a really f--king intense film. The soundtrack is absolutely great, nothing good happens and it just keeps getting worse."
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