Heavy Metal Movies (That Aren’t Documentaries)

trick-or-treat-08Like most people in the world, I too am also a big fan of movies.  A movie buff per sè.  Also being a metal head I like to keep my ear to the ground for any movie themed around my favorite style of music, and surprising enough, there are quite a lot of them.  The downside, the majority of heavy metal themed movies are documentaries.  While they are for the most part very good, documentaries aren’t my usual go to genre when I want to pop a flick on.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional documentary (really, if you haven’t seen Heavy Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey yet, make that first order of business), but works of fiction resonate with me more.  So in my many years of watching many films (with a particular taste for dumb as fuck and campy as hell slasher/horror flicks) I’ve built up a decent library, and surprisingly there are quite a few movies with heavy metal themes.

Here are some really great flicks to check out which all revolve around heavy metal in some way.  To not just become yet another replicated list on the internet I’m leaving off some of the most obvious choices since I would imagine that you readers have already seen them.  So if you haven’t yet seen the titular Heavy Metal, Wayne’s World, This is Spinal Tap, Hesher, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Airheads, The Pick of Destiny, Rock Star, and Detroit Rock City, all of those should be very high on your viewing list.  Here are some of the more ‘underground’ films you may have looked over…. Hope you like shitty slasher flicks (protip: many featured here can be found in full on Youtube 😉 )  If you know of any movies that are themed on heavy metal not featured in this list give them a shout out in the comments.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Rocktober Blood

Let’s start out with the 1984 film about a rock star named Billy Eye who goes insane and then murders his bandmates in some devilishly creative ways in the recording studio and gets tried and fried.  He then comes back from the grave to terrorize the person who testified against him in court, the singer of the popular rock band Rocktober Blood.  There are some inventive kills in the movie and one of my favorite scenes includes a clever usage of music being played backwards while the killer stalks his prey.  As usual for these campy films there are plenty of plot holes, drawn out stalking scenes, and shit acting in this movie, but if you’re looking for a great flick to watch with your friends and a few gallons of beer, you can’t go wrong with this one, especially if you have a soft spot for 80’s glam metal.

Repo! The Genetic Opera

This B-list star-studded musical is a must see for any metal head and musical fan.  Sarah Brightman (yes, the opera singer), Ogre from Skinny Puppy, Bill Moseley, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head, and Paris Hilton star in gore-tastic story about a future vaguely resembling something out of Blade Runner where medical companies have found a way to prolong lives by renting out organs.  If you’re late on a payment, the Repo Man comes.  Don’t get this movie confused with the flick Repo Man, which is basically the same set up, that doesn’t have the kick ass heavy metal musical numbers in it and doesn’t feature a scene where Paris Hilton literally gets her face ripped off.  I loved every second of Repo! from the plot line to the gore scenes to the excellent musical performances.  A do not miss heavy metal masterpiece.

River’s Edge

This is a pretty interesting movie that does some interesting stuff with its premise.  A high school student kills a girl and then shows off the body to his heavy metal high school friends.  Some want to run to the police others want to protect their friend, and somehow you feel sympathy for both sides of the friends.  The film works in the grey area very well and to talk anymore about it would do disservice to first time viewers.  The acting in the film is also top-notch featuring a stellar performance by Crispin Glover as well a young Keanu Reeves and the always awesome Dennis Hopper.  Definitely a movie that was released before its time and a shame that it goes so under-appreciated.  While the movie isn’t exactly ‘fun’, you can turn this into a drinking game.  Every time you see a metal band t-shirt or hear music from SSSLLLLAAAAYYYYEEEERRRRR, drink!

Trick or Treat

Ozzy plays a reverend, do I need say more?  Well for all intents and purposes, I will.  A Satan worshiping heavy metal idol named Sammy Curr burns to death in a fire at a hotel he was staying at.  Devastated, Sammy’s biggest fan, a high school kid, calls into the local rock and roll radio show and finds condolences from the DJ.  The DJ ends up giving the kid an extremely rare LP of Sammy’s music and the kid goes home to listen to it where he quickly discovers he can communicate with the deceased Sammy after he plays the record backwards, and Sammy wants to come back to life.  All he needs is a few human sacrifices.  I’m sure you know where this is headed now.  This is one of the more original stories out of the slasher/horror genre, and even with its ten-cent budget the flick is put together really well.  Highly recommended to fans of cheese.

Black Roses

Remember when parents would band together when a rock band was coming to their little bible belt town to play a show and said that the music was going to possess their children with the army of Satan.  Well, Black Roses takes that scenario quite literally.  Filled with great creature effects and blood drenched gore scenes this camp-fest will keep any heavy metal horror fan glued to the screen ready to laugh their ass off as the film lampoons those who have tried to knock our favorite music down a peg.  Not much else to say other than this is a fine pick for movies and beer night with your friends.

Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal

If you haven’t seen any films in the Turbulence series, I’ll get you up to date.  Killer is loose on an airplane, people die, I make cheese fondue.  For the third installment the killer on the plane is a heavy metal singer doing a webcast of a special mile high concert in the sky and the aircraft is filled with a bunch of rowdy metal heads.  To keep the ratings of his webcast concert high, the singer of the band takes everyone on the plane hostage and then starts offing them.  The acting is atrocious, the plot is paper-thin, the gore is lame, and the characters are below one note, but somehow, this movie is just oozing with charm, in that psychopathic murder kind of way.  If you like your cheese covered in cheese and then dipped in cheese crumbles look no further.  Also, the movie has Rutger Hauer in it, and Rutger Hauer is fucking awesome!

Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park

Yes, this actually exists……


About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on June 17, 2013, in Metal Lists, Ramblings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. detroit rock city, very funny film about a bunch of guys trying to get to a kiss concert, and do anything to get there. kiss makes an appearance in the film. hysteria the def leppard story. again, a real film of how def leppard got famous done by real actors not a documentary

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