Tales from the Jugular

Horror Movies Featuring Metal Stars

By: Eric Compton
Published: Friday, August 15, 2003
Looking to rent some horror movies for Halloween? Take this list to your local pimple popping geeks at Blockbuster, and add a little heavy metal flavor to your horror!

Attic Expeditions, The (2001) Alice Cooper plays Samuel Leventhal in this story about a young man sentenced to a long stay in a mental hospital after brutally killing his girlfriend. Did he do it or is it just a horrible fantasy implanted in his brain by Dr. Elk, the sinister director of the asylum?

Black Roses (1988) Look for Carmine Appice in this story about a demonic metal bands that turns its fans into lunatics. Sounds pretty standard to me.

Cradle Of Fear (2001) Dani Filth, frontman for gothic black metal band Cradle Of Filth, stars in this UK horror flick that is broken up into four chapters, all entwined around Filth's character as an evil reaper simply called "The Man". You can also see past and present members of the band in the film as well.

Dungeonmaster, The (1985) I've always wanted to see this so-called "worst movie of all time" but I haven't found a video store or flea market yet that has it. This one has Chris Holmes and Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P fame playing the part of...heavy metal stars.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) Alice Cooper is uncredited as Freddy's Father. You all know the story of the burnt-up slasher, Freddie.

House of 1000 Corpses (2003) Rob Zombie had an uncredited role as "Earl" in the movie he directed about a group of travelers that stop at the wrong town and end up at the wrong house.

Incubus, The (1981) The small New England town of Galen is rocked by some bizarre and brutal murders, and some even more bizarre and brutal rapes. With Bruce Dickinson & Paul Samson from Samson.

Monster Dog (1984) Easily one of the worst horror movies ever (worst is sometimes good but not in this case). This one stars the one and only Alice Cooper as a rock star who has to stay overnight in an abandoned house. Look out for those werewolves Alice! This one also features a few rare Alice songs made especially for this film.

Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, A (1989) Listed as "Hot Seat Band Members": Ted Nugent, Rudy Sarzo and Eric Singer.

Pledge Week (1988) Pretty sub-par slasher film here, but we do get 15 seconds of ex-Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna getting his face thrust in a pool of acid. Yikes!!

Prince Of Darkness (1987) In this John Carpenter classic you can spot Alice Cooper playing the part of a homeless man who gets turned into a zombie creature demon thingy. Sad thing is that when he gets possessed, he turns into something that resembles..well...Alice Cooper.

Strangeland (1998) This semi-slasher flick was written by Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who also stars as the main character, Captain Howdy, an abused man who goes on a killing rampage. This is a pretty decent film all the way around, and Dee Snider does a great job potraying a lunatic.

Trick Or Treat (1986) Okay, this is the ultimate heavy metal horror film baby! Gene Simmons contributes as a heavy metal DJ that gives away a "possessed" album from a dead rock star named Sammi Curr. Curr comes back from the grave to wreak havoc on a young teenager. Look out for a cameo appearance from Ozzy Osbourne, who plays a do-right pastor forbidding teenagers to listen to rock music. Fastway leads this heavy metal romp with a great soundtrack of monster metal anthems.

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