While most of the people around you are fixated on music and movies detailing trivial brief flings and breakups, you can’t help but seek more for your enjoyment. Do things like destruction, death, and heavy metal seem more appealing to you? If that is the case, come right in and find out more about the best metal movies of all time. But before you dive into the list, make sure to play some of your favorite riffs in the background and crank the volume all the way up.
Okay, you’re good to go.
Things go south really fast when two metalhead teenagers accidentally summon an evil deity out of sheer boredom. While this might sound like an intro to a morbid horror, it’s actually a comedy where the main characters have their own band called – you’ve guessed it – Deathgasm.
Another comedy starring Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, and Brendan Fraser. Having their own loser rock band that’s struggling to make a breakthrough, the trio breaks into the radio station and demands to have their demo played to the masses in this crazy hostage situation.
In addition, “Airheads” features some surprising cameo appearances, most notably by Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister.
House of 1000 Corpses
Now going to some darker movies, “House of 1000 Corpses” is a directorial debut by Rob Zombie. This horror is most certainly not for the faint-hearted as it features heinous scenes of abuse, torture, mutilation, and death. The story of sadistic serial killers is accompanied by some of Rob Zombie’s original music.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is a comedy that follows two young dudes with their own band called Wyld Stallyns. More interested in their musical career than education, they accidentally stumble upon time travelers who help them with their history report. The soundtrack features different hard rock and heavy metal songs by bands like Extreme, Warrant, and Tora Tora.
Another one with Keanu Reeves, “River’s Edge” is a drama about teenagers dealing with a horrible secret revealed by their friend who murdered his girlfriend and hid her body. Aside from the painful and serious plot, the soundtrack also includes a few classics by the almighty thrash metal champions Slayer. Of course, all of the other bands that contributed to the soundtrack are worth mentioning: Agent Orange, Fates Warning, Hallows Eve, Wipers, and Burning Spear.
Going back to some cheerful films, “Wayne’s World” is a critically-acclaimed comedy revolving around two dedicated rock fans. Appropriately enough, in its soundtrack we can hear some of the biggest legends of rock and metal music. Aside from the obvious inclusion of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the legendary car ride scene, the movie features songs by Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Alice Cooper, and Jimi Hendrix among others.
Lords of Chaos
The story of how black metal started is as gruesome as it gets. The early genre’s scene in Norway still echoes to this day with the infamous murder of Mayhem guitarist Oystein Aarseth, also known as Euronymous. Brutally killed by Varg Vikernes, who still claims this was an act of self-defense, the story got its film adaptation in 2018’s film titled “Lords of Chaos.” The film was received well by metal fans worldwide.
This Is Spinal Tap
Comedy/documentary film “This Is Spinal Tap” is a must for every true heavy metal fan. Released back in the mid-1980s, it parodies those flashy and over the top rock bands of the decade known for their outrageous behavior and crazy stage antics. Countless jokes from the film earned it cult status, making it somewhat of a “Monthy Python” equivalent for rock fans.
Now, is there anything more metal than the famous animated movie from the early 1980s, titled “Heavy Metal”? This legendary fantasy and adventure received some great reviews from both critics and viewers. Aside from the soundtrack that includes Sammy Hagar, Blue Oyster Cult, and Black Sabbath, “Heavy Metal” is full of adult themes, graphic violence, and nudity. You just need to add this to your watchlist.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
Like having Jack Black and Kyle Gass do their movie wasn’t enough, “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” saw appearances of rock and metal legends Ronnie James Dio, Meat Loaf, and Dave Grohl (who played Satan). In case you want to watch an ambitious rock duo doing a “rock-off” with the Devil himself, this is the movie for you. Speaking of these guys, you can find the upcoming Tenacious D dates here.
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