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Heavy metal and horror movies

Heavy metal and horror movies
February 06, 2014, 09:19:06 AM
Like a mad scientist who has decided to open up his secret laboratory and show off his work to select guests, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett hosts "Fear FestEvil," a convention bringing together the worlds of horror and heavy metal. Hammett has long been a horror film aficionado, and has amassed an extensive movie memorabilia collection of original props, costumes, posters, toys, and more over the years an obsession that dates back to his childhood growing up in San Francisco.

In addition to bands performing on Friday and Saturday nights including Carcass, Exodus, and Death Angel the fest also features music-minded guests who have ventured into horror-film production, such as Scott Ian and Slash, and those who have had a long history of using horror imagery in their artwork and lyrics, like guitar player Doyle of the Misfits. Hammett hero Count Dracula, noted fan of music made by "children of the night," would surely approve. *



Re: Heavy metal and horror movies
February 11, 2014, 05:38:43 AM
"There's a lot of horror elements that have been used in heavy metal for a long time ago. I mean, Black Sabbath was named after a movie. And that was the amazing thing. I was a horror fan and then I became a music fan and then I discovered hard rock and heavy metal and I'd see all these little pieces of imagery or song titles or lyrics borrowed from horror films throughout all these heavy metal bands. They're made up of the same ingredients. For me, a good horror movie is fun, dynamic, exciting to watch, peaks and valleys. A good heavy metal song, for me, is the same way exciting to listen to, peaks and valleys, really fun and energetic."


Re: Heavy metal and horror movies
February 11, 2014, 06:44:49 AM
I wonder why I've always been struck more deeply by heavy metal than horror cinema. To me, horror cinema was nothing to be taken seriously, because the situations were so unbelievable. People are brutally slaughtered, but in my mind, they usually don't warrant my interest because of how unwilling they are to fight back or escape the threat. Of course we can pick out exceptions, my most notable favorites being Alien and The Descent. Still, I've never been able to connect with horror cinema in the same way metal connects with me.