It’s October, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in full spooky mode since the full moon rose.
That means I’ve been watching horror, thrillers, and chillers ever since. Halloween is the most metal holiday season, so below is a list of horror movies you can watch right now that we know you’ll love—both as rockers and as scary movie enthusiasts. We already know classics like Halloween, Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday the 13th are metal AF, so we made sure to include films you’re less likely to see posters of in college kids dorms. Spoiler alert: There are a few from the Satanic Panic era, which means lots of metal, baby!
Let’s shred, spook, and get ready for a thrashing scary time.
We Summon the Darkness
You can watch this one on Netflix. It revolves around the Satanic Panic, which was a period during the 1980s when society thought if you listened to metal music, you worshipped the devil.
Speaking of the Satanic Panic, Shutter has an original film entitled “Satanic Panic” that’s actually pretty good. It’s more tongue-in-cheek, but has some great spooks, as well. And, of course, there are lots of great thrashing tunes on the soundtrack.
Daniel Isn’t Real
Another Shutter exclusive (because Shutter is all about the horror movies), this one is extra fun and spooky. It’s starring Miles Robbins (who was also in the most recent Halloween) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son). It’s about your creativity turning against you. That happens pretty often with bands, so it sounds pretty metal to me.
We can’t mention the Halloween movie franchise and not mention its most recent release. You can watch this baby for $4 on YouTube, which means anyone with the internet can check it out. The original 1978 Halloween is the epitome of a metal-as-hell scary movie, so you might as well see how they’ve decided to begin the process of wrapping up the series. And yes, you read that right—this is just the beginning of the end because they also have Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends slated to come out in 2021. (Although with COVID-19, who knows when it’ll actually come out?)
And if we’re gonna mention classics, we have to mention the cult classic Suck. It’s the best horror movie film for rock ‘n’ rollers. It features Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby, and is about a touring vampire band. It’s funny, it’s got true Halloween spirit, and it’s got some top-notch music. You can watch this on Amazon Prime or YouTube for $2.
The Dead Don’t Die
If you like Iggy Pop, then you gotta watch The Dead Don’t Die. A zombie movie by the one and only Jim Jarmusch, it features a star-studded cast and has a killer soundtrack with an original by Sturgill Simpson and a score by Sqürl. You can watch it with a subscription for Hulu or Amazon Prime.