Five Metal Videos Inspired by Horror Movies

Metal music and horror fit each other like a hand and glove. So, it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that the horror movie genre has inspired many metal videos. Here are five of the scariest and most rocking music videos in which top metal bands and artists reference some of the greatest horror films ever made.

The Wicker Man by Iron Maiden

One of the most famous British horror movies of the 1970s, The Wicker Man, is referenced in the song of the same name by metalhead gods Iron Maiden. The film, which follows a policeman from the mainland trying to discover the truth about a missing girl in an isolated island community, is referenced throughout the 2000 Iron Maiden music video. And the vid certainly makes the viewer feel just as watched and trapped as the original film.

Hellraiser by Motörhead

The legendary Motörhead meets one of the most iconic figures in horror movies in this must-see music video. Yes, you can watch Lemmy playing poker against Pinhead, and see Lemmy lose! Motörhead recorded the song Hellraiser for the third film in the popular horror movie series of the same name: 1992’s Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. If you haven’t seen the Hellraiser music vid, it’s about time you did. After all, you’re sure to want to know what happens to one of the world’s biggest metal bands when they fall into the clutches of the damned.

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Spit It Out by Slipknot

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, is widely considered to be one of the greatest horror movies ever made. So, it’s not surprising that The Shining is often referenced in popular culture. Metal and horror movie fans will love the video for aggressive rockers Slipknot’s song Spit It Out. The video cuts between a live performance of the song and a band homage of the original 1980 film, in which band members in their signature masks star as some of The Shining’s most iconic characters. The vid features memorable scenes like Corey Taylor smashing through a door just like Jack Nicholson in the movie, shouting “Here’s Johnny!” The 1999 music vid is almost as frightening as the movie. In fact, due to its violent depictions, the Spit It Out video was actually banned from MTV.

Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie

When thinking of horror movies and heavy metal crossovers, the name Rob Zombie is sure to spring to mind. Not only has he cemented a firm reputation in the world of metal with his band White Zombie and a successful solo career, but Rob Zombie is also a successful horror filmmaker. However, before he started making fantastic movies like The Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie displayed his love of horror movies in the music video for his 1998 song Living Dead Girl. The video is based on the classic 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. In the music video, Zombie plays the role of the creepy Doctor. The video imitates the appearance of silent movies, using artificially grainy images and intertitles. Directed by Joseph Kahn and Zombie himself, the vid for Living Dead Girl may well have set Rob Zombie onto his filmmaking career path.

Psycho by Puddle of Mudd

The music video for the 2007 song Psycho by post-grunge band Puddle of Mudd is a must-see for any horror movie fan. The vid begins with Puddle of Mudd’s lead singer Wes Scantlin driving a car packed with cheerleaders and jocks at night. Suddenly, a man jumps out from the woods onto the road. The car hits him, and on closer inspection, it’s discovered the guy is actually the evil Michael Myers from the Halloween movies. The video features a plethora of other horror film references, including key scenes from classic horrors like Psycho, Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

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