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Capri Films

Headbanging Horrors: 13 Hair-raising Rock ‘n’ Roll and Heavy Metal Horror Movies!

Rock ‘n’ roll and horror: a match made in hell! From electrifying riffs to spine-chilling screams, these heavy metal mashups create a headbanging, heart-pounding experience that resonates with rebels and thrill-seekers alike. Whether you’re a fan of rebellious music or cinema of the fringe, nearly everyone can agree they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

What makes them such perfect partners? Perhaps it’s their shared love for the dark, the dangerous, and the fantastical. Rock ‘n’ roll has always been the music of outcasts, and horror dares to delve into our deepest fears. Together, they create a symphony of shock that thrills and chills.

From demonic deals to killer concerts, rock ‘n’ roll horror movies explore the intersection of music and mayhem. They’re films that rock, scare, and leave us begging for an encore.

So grab your leather jacket, tune your air guitar, and turn up the volume. We’re about to embark on a wild ride through the twisted world of rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal horror movies. Whether you’re a metalhead, a horror hound, or just a fan of killer tunes, these films are sure to strike a chord. Let’s rock!

 

 



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New Century Entertainment

1. The Gate (1987)

In The Gate, heavy metal isn’t just a genre; it’s a gateway to hell. When two kids play a demonic vinyl record backward, they unleash ancient evil forces in the backyard. Whoops! It’s a satanic adventure with a heavy metal twist, proving that sometimes, the scariest things come in 12-inch vinyl. A cult classic that resonates with metal fans, The Gate is a must-watch for anyone who’s ever wondered what lurks in the grooves of their favorite record.

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Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment

2. Black Roses (1988)

Black Roses takes the fear of corrupting rock music to a literal level. A demonic rock band turns their fans into monstrous creatures, leaving a trail of chaos and destruction. It’s a headbanging horror that explores the dark side of fandom and the power of music to transform. If you’ve ever felt the urge to mosh, Black Roses will take you straight to the pit!

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De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

3. Trick or Treat (1985)

Rock stars never die; they just come back for revenge. In Trick or Treat, Sammy Curr, a deceased rock idol returns through a cursed album, seeking vengeance and rocking out along the way. A love letter to the ’80s metal scene, this film is a nostalgic trip through big hair, big guitars, and big scares. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy with a horror twist!

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Shapiro Entertainment[

4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987)

What’s more metal than battling Satan himself? Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare turns a rock band’s recording session into a showdown with the devil. With hair as big as the scares, this film is a wild ride through rock mythology and demonic terror. If you’ve ever dreamed of shredding a guitar solo to save the world, this is the nightmare for you.

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20th Century Fox

5. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

A Faustian tale set to a rock opera beat, Phantom of the Paradise explores fame, fortune, and a devilish deal gone wrong. It’s a psychedelic trip through the music industry’s dark side, where ambition leads to tragedy, and the stage becomes a battleground. A cult classic that resonates with musicians and horror fans alike, this film hits all the right notes.

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20th Century Fox

6. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

When machines turn murderous, only AC/DC can save the day. Maximum Overdrive, directed by Stephen King, is a wild ride through a world gone mad, where everyday appliances become deadly. With a soundtrack that’s as rocking as the action, this film is a high-octane thrill ride that proves rock ‘n’ roll can indeed save the world.

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Dark Sky Films

7. Deathgasm (2015)

Metalheads, demonic forces, and a whole lot of gore – Deathgasm is a love letter to metal fans everywhere. When a garage band’s music unleashes hell on Earth, it’s up to them to save the day, one killer riff at a time. A modern classic that blends humor, horror, and headbanging, Deathgasm is a must-watch for anyone who’s ever even considered corpse paint.

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Capri Films

8. Suck (2009)

Vampires and rock stars have a lot in common, and Suck explores that connection with humor and style. A struggling band gains fame and fangs, with Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop.. and Moby? along for the ride. It’s a bloodsucking rock ‘n’ roll adventure that proves immortality is the ultimate backstage pass.

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IFC Films

9. The Devil’s Candy (2015)

Art, madness, and heavy metal collide in The Devil’s Candy. A metal-loving artist becomes possessed, and his paintings take a dark turn. A slow-burn horror that explores creativity and corruption, this film is a haunting exploration of the thin line between genius and insanity.

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20th Century Studios

10. The Lords of Salem (2012)

Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem is a psychedelic trip through witchcraft, rock music, and pure terror. A rock concert in hell, this film is a visual feast that explores the dark side of music and magic. A must-watch for fans of the bizarre and the beautiful, The Lords of Salem is a rock opera like no other.

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Warner Bros.

11. Queen of the Damned (2002)

When a vampire becomes a rock star, the results are both glamorous and gory. Queen of the Damned is a gothic rock opera that explores fame, immortality, and the power of music to seduce. With a killer soundtrack and a stylish aesthetic, this film is a feast for the eyes and ears.

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Lionsgate

12. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

In a dystopian future where organs are repossessed, Repo! The Genetic Opera is a bloody musical extravaganza. Part horror, part rock opera, this film is a toe-tapping, spine-tingling spectacle that explores the dark side of fame and fortune. A cult classic that defies genre, Repo! is a must-watch for fans of the strange and the sensational.

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A24

13. Green Room (2015)

Punk rock meets pure terror in Green Room. A band faces off against neo-Nazis in a claustrophobic thriller with a killer soundtrack. A modern classic that explores the dark side of the punk scene, this film is a high-intensity thrill ride that proves the stage can be a war zone.

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So there you have it, rockers and shockers: 13 Rock ‘n’ Roll and Heavy Metal Horrors that’ll have you shredding air guitar one moment and clutching your seat the next. From demonic riffs to killer solos, these films strike the perfect chord between the rebellious spirit of rock ‘n’ roll and the spine-tingling thrill of horror.

Whether you’re a metalhead looking for a new kind of mosh pit or a horror fan ready to rock out with your frights out, this list is your backstage pass to a world where guitars wail, drums pound, and monsters roar. It’s a headbanging homage to the devil’s music, where heavy metal meets heavy terror.

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