Metal Insider Top 5: Songs inspired by horror films

Posted by on August 15, 2016


If you’ve seen the feed on your social media or spoken to your nerdy friends in the past few weeks, you probably heard about this show called Stranger Things. The Netflix show is an homage to all things ’80s, referencing important icons like Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and John Carpenter. In the same way that it’s somewhat of an homage to ’80s horror movies, here are five songs that were also inspired by horror movies from the 70s and 80s.

5) Deicide – Dead by Dawn

Every fan of classic horror flicks has seen Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, the story of five friends that traveled to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly released flesh-possessing demons. The movie is a cult classic and took off in popularity through the 80’s and its impact touched Florida’s death metal masters Deicide, who paid tribute to the film with “Dead by Dawn.”


4) Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl

It would be absurd to compile a list of metal jams honoring horror movies without a Rob Zombie entry. The eccentric musician and director is known for his own films like House of 1000 Corpses, Lords of Salem or his upcoming new movie 31. But as you can expect from any director, he’s been influenced by some classic films to materialize his vision including the 1982 Living Dead Girl which was the direct inspiration for the track of the same name. Those were the times Rob Zombie was able to name his songs with no more than three words.


3) S.O.D. – Freddy Krueger

The controversial crossover thrash pioneers S.O.D. were known for writing lyrics that would make everyone mad if they came out in this day and age, but when they weren’t deemed to be racist or any other offensive term you can think of, they were paying homage to one of the most iconic horror characters in film history: Freddy Krueger. If there was something able to upset kids and adults of all ages during the 80’s, was the antagonist from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Billy Milano took advantage of that the best way possible.


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