Last year, I had asked what the very favorite Horror films might be among a wide assortment of the musicians that I had met over the last few years while covering shows and special events. The fun disclosures can be reviewed HERE for those who are new to our offerings and might have missed that when it first ran. Yesterday, I decided to do it again with some of the people that I didn’t get around to that last time and while there are only a few, its still fun to find out what spooks some of our talented friends. Let’s get down to business in finding out what some of Hard Rock and Metal’s best and brightest find to be their favorite and scariest films and what makes this be the case. Scroll down…..if…you…dare……Bwahahahaha!!!!
Margarita Monet (Edge Of Paradise): What i love about Horror films is that they are so much fun to watch with with friends, I wouldn’t watch them alone, it’s way more fun to be terrified together. I love the classics like the “A Nightmare On Elm Street”. But for my favorite, I would have to go with “The Ring”, and not just because the movie was so great, it had all the right bone chilling elements, but watching it with my friends in middle school and acting out as the creepy girl coming out of the TV for weeks later, just brings really fun memories about those days, and maybe we’ll give “The Ring 2” a chance.
“Metal Mike” Chlasiak (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Solo): I liked “Hellraiser” because the main character (Pinhead) looked like the evil brother of The Metal God.
September (September Mourning): “Scream”. I love that movie because it’s the first real scary movie I ever saw. And it’s actually more funny now than scary to me now but it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Freddie Lim (Chthonic): “Saw” The first one.
Sean Tibbetts (Kamelot): “Prometheus”. Syfy is my favorite kind of movie over all. It’s always been a longing of mine to look and discover a forgotten city, buried gold, or anything lost over time. The movie is about discovering where the human race and civilization came from. It’s the ultimate pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And they throw a man eating alien in for fun. It’s my favorite flick.
Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, Scarlet Sails): “The Exorcist”!! I was petrified to watch it for years and then in a very dark time in my life that film became my fav. Watched it on repeat and read a really interesting film analysis about it that moved me. Incredible about the way darkness can change us and pull out our of ourselves and how it can be a battle to come back to our right place.
Shaun Andruchuk (Starkill): I’m not the biggest horror fan but as of recent I liked The Witch. It’s not rubber masks or OH IT WAS JUST THE CAT scares, but instead it got into your head; it liked to poke around the fear part of your brain. The whole movie feels so isolated, and the camera makes you feel like you’re a person living in that community, but can’t warn anyone of your concerns. It’s an immersive thrill-horror movie that pays off with some great naked butts at the end.
Anders Schultz (Unleashed): It’s got to be “Re-Animator”. A fantastic film that has everything. The plot, the gore, the acting, the music…it’s all great. And Jeffrey Combs is one of the most underrated actors of our time.
Dug Pinnick (Kings X): “The Exorcist”, because it was so convincing especially for the time period it was released.
Craig Schmuhl (Hate Storm Annihilation): I would definitely consider “Halloween” my favorite horror movie of all time. John Carpenter’s always been a hero of mine in both Film as well as Film Composition, and I think “Halloween” is a perfect representation of both.
“I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes… the Devil’s eyes.”
John created one of the most iconic film serial killers of all time as well as one of the most recognizable movie themes. He practically invented the Slasher genera going on to inspire film directors, authors, and musicians like myself to write music that we do. The whole Death Metal scene owes so much to this man because without his vision I very much doubt things would have ended up the way they did for any of us.
Lee Harrison (Terrorizer): “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. The original classic was the best. It was horribly good.
Liz Schall (Dreaming Dead): I’ve only seen a handful of horror movies, but “Alien” is one that always comes to mind. Ripley is such a strong, determined and brutal character. She was at the top of my female role models when growing up. I love everything about her, especially SPOIL ALERT! when she becomes impregnated by the Alien Queen. She ultimately sacrifices her life and her newborn by jumping into a giant furnace just as the creature begins climbing out of her chest. So many emotions at once. I honestly wished the baby alien could have lived. I guess it comes back in “SpaceBalls” LOL.
The Maension: “Hellraiser”. “Your suffering will be legendary, even in hell.” -Pinhead
Alex Skolnick (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio, Metal Allegiance): Favorited horror film (and soundtrack) is “The Shining”. Cheers
So that brings us to the end of this years Halloween Treat. I hope that you enjoyed it and that you have a safe evening of fun-filled frights ahead. As you read this posting, I am checking out the brand-new “Halloween” film and will likely do a spoiler-free review for our interested readers. Closing up, how about you comment in with what your own favorite Horror movie is and why this is the case. I’d love to hear from you on this. Until next time….”Happy Halloween”
Alex Skolnick Trio: http://www.alexskolnicktrio.comChthonic: https://chthonic.org/2009/en/index2015.php
Dreaming Dead: https://www.facebook.com/dreamingdeadBAND/Dresden Dolls: http://www.dresdendolls.com
Edge Of Paradise: http://www.edgeofparadise.com
Hate Storm Annihilation: http://www.hatestormannihilation.com/
Kings X: http://kingsxrocks.com/
The Maension: http://www.themaension.com/
Metal Allegiance: http://www.metalallegiance.comSeptember Mourning: http://septembermourning.com/
Testament: http://www.testamentlegions.comUnleashed: https://www.facebook.com/unleashed/