You don’t have to think for too long to discover the commonalities between heavy metal and Halloween. Evil, horror, blood, gore, and ugliness go hand-in-hand with the imagery often used by your favorite metal band. And even people who don’t listen to metal seem to love to dress up like a campy, C-grade ’80s hair metal band — or, for those with a bit more imagination, a member of Slipknot. But this year, Flavorwire encourages you to think beyond the stereotypical metal-themed Halloween revelry and dig deep into the darker psychological recesses of human existence.
To help you do this, we chatted with Mike McPadden, author of Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear-and Eye-Ripping Big Scream Films Ever! We picked ten horror — or just plain psychologically disturbing films — from McPadden’s book that, while not always “metal” in the strictest sense, spotilight religious and spiritual tropes that are often used within metal lyricism and imagery, with enough blood and gore splatter to make your Halloween evening a memorable – if not disturbing — one.
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Between Rivers Cuomo’s college sitcom DeTour, Adam Levine’s 1990s autobiographical comedy, and the countless forgettable singers that will find themselves on forgettable reality shows, it looks like 2015 could be the year musicians take over television. It’s not exactly a bad thing, but surely NBC could do better than pairing up a Maroon 5 frontman with a Family Guy writer. To help TV fully embrace this musical trend, here are ten musicians who also deserve television shows — and pitches for each one. No need to thank us, networks, just put the check in the mail.
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The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival drew to a close in New York City last night, ending 12 days of non-stop movies across the city. Your film editor has always had a soft spot for this festival, and not just because it’s the first one I ever covered as a green and naïve Internet Film Writer; it is, after all, a hometown event, and if the young fest is still figuring out its place among a very crowded field, throwing all kinds of movies — some brilliant, some daring, some bland, some just plain bad — at the screen to see what sticks, it’s anything-goes spirit can also result in some wonderful movie-going experiences. I was lucky enough to peek at some of the best of this year’s films beforehand; here are a few more to seek out (or avoid) in the months to come.
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A couple of weeks back, we amused ourselves (and hopefully you too) with a bunch of hilarious photos of debauched rock stars with cute kids. Ever since, we’ve been mulling over the natural follow-up — photos of debauched rock stars with cute animals. Click through for pictures of suitably party-loving musicians enjoying tender moments with dogs, cats, tortoises, three-toed sloths, and one terrified… Read More
Many awesome Stooges-related things have come out of the last week or so, not least the band’s new album (which is actually quite good) and their killer performance at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. But perhaps most awesome of all is the photo that’s been making the rounds of Iggy clutching two kids in junior versions of his trademark sequined jeans. They look terrified, he looks delighted, and the whole thing is many kinds of awesome. So, in a similar spirit, here’s a selection of other debauched rock stars with cute kids. You’re… Read More
Like business cards, passports can say a lot about a person — where they’ve been, where they’re going, and well, how photogenic they are under the worst conditions. This week, we caught a glimpse of René Magritte’s passport (and pipe!), and so we decided to check out the legal papers of a few more of our favorite artists, from Virginia Woolf to Walt… Read More
From a young Iggy Pop vacuuming his apartment to a costumed Lady Gaga making eggs, here’s a photo roundup of our most endearingly flamboyant musicians doing incongruously domestic… Read More
As of this year, the James Bond film franchise has been going strong for half a century, and while the movies’ have changed casts and varied in quality during that time, ever since Shirley Bassey belted out “Goldfingahhh” in 1964, there’s been one constant: the James Bond theme song. The honor of composing these title tracks has fallen to some of pop music’s most venerable figures, from Paul McCartney and Gladys Knight to Madonna and Jack White.
But perhaps even more fascinating than who ended up on a James Bond soundtrack is who didn’t. The sizable list of acts whose contributions didn’t make the cut includes the likes of Johnny Cash, Blondie, Pulp — and even Alice Cooper, whose rendition of “The Man With the Golden Gun,” intended for the film of the same name, has surfaced on Dangerous Minds. To us, it brings to mind a book report written by someone who didn’t bother to read the book (with some spooky “ooh”ing and hard-rock riffs thrown in for Alice Cooper branding purposes), so it’s not difficult to understand why Lulu’s more spirited, double entendre-packed version won out. Click through to hear Cooper’s rejected song, and if you’re interested in the stories behind other nixed themes, Badass Digest has a great post on the topic.
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Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful sunny day, in NYC at least, and if such things make you feel like nothing more than holing up on the couch for the day, then you could do a whole lot worse than spending today in the company of 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, which has recently surfaced in its entirety on YouTube. The film is a pretty great exploration of what it means to be a metalhead, and features interviews with a load of metal luminaries, including Alice Cooper, the late Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Tony Iommi, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, the frankly terrifying Gaahl of Gorgoroth, and the similarly terrifying Necrobutcher of Mayhem, who provides the film’s most memorable quote in answer to a question as to whether he has any comment on the idea that black metal is losing touch with its roots: “Yeah, I got a comment. FUCK YOU.” Watch the film in its entirety after the jump.
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Musician and rock archivist Jim Laspesa has been sharing some drool-worthy pics on his Facebook page. The most recent batch comes from a swap meet in Pasadena, California and shows several rock and roll legends mixing it up (with one even wearing a bathrobe). The source of the images is unknown, but whoever shot the likes of Jagger, Bowie, and Jimmy Page must have attended the best damn parties ever. Hit the jump for more vintage photos you wish you owned.
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