Metal and horror have always made a killer combo, and these ten icons of rock have helped shape some of the best horror of our time.
Hello Ghouls and Goblins, and welcome back to morbidlybeautiful.com! I am so excited about this week’s list! This list will involve Singers and band members of the Rock/ Heavy Metal Genre who have contributed to the horror genre by either scoring the soundtrack or acting in a film.
These top ten rock stars have contributed to some of the greatest horror movies of all time, and some you might not have even known about — which is the true horror story here.
10. Andy Black and Ben Bruce — American Satan (2017)
Andy Black (Biersack) is the lead singer of The Black Veil Brides, while Ben Bruce is the guitarist in Metalcore band, Asking Alexandria. The two bands have been friends for ages and acted along side each other for the first time in American Satan. The two not only acted but contributed to the soundtracks as well. Though Andy is a singer in his own band, it was Remington Leith, lead singer of Palaye Royale, who did the vocals for the movie..
If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly suggest it. Not only is the music throughout the movie awesome, but we get amazing actors like Malcom McDowell and Mark Boone Junior who make appearances throughout the movie. The movie is about a band that comes together in Las Vegas to try and make it big. When things don’t go their way, they meet the devil (McDowell) who gives them an offer of a lifetime. The movie is filled with LA culture, even showing a scene of the outside of The Viper Room, where River Phoenix famously overdosed, which goes perfectly with the theme for this movie
9. Corey Taylor — Fear Clinic (2014)
This was the first acting role for Corey Taylor, the lead singer of both Slipknot and Stone Sour. And what better than a horror movie starring alongside horror legend himself, Robert Englund, the man behind iconic character, Freddy Krueger. Corey was supposed to have a role in the movie Clown but wasn’t in it due to conflicting schedules.
This is something that Corey has always wanted to do and was given many nods throughout the film towards his music. In one scene, Corey is singing on the radio as the character drives. In another scene, the character is wearing a Slipknot t-shirt. It’s not hard to pinpoint Corey in the movie, even hiding behind that porn-star mustache, which he said he grew specifically for the movie because his character was described as “rapey” in the script.
Robert from Metallica almost nabbed this role, but wasn’t able due to prior work scheduling, and we were blessed with Corey’s presence. If you haven’t seen the movie, Robert Englund plays a doctor who works at a clinic that helps people with crippling phobias. He tries to help them overcome their fears with his invention. Face your fears and check out Fear Clinic!
8. Jared Leto — American Psycho (2000)
Jared Leto’s first horror movie was actually Urban Legends, but it was his role in American Psycho that really caught our attention. Jared is the famous lead singer of the American band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. Jared was actually thought of to play the lead role of Patrick Bateman, but it was given to Christian Bale, and he would go on to play Paul Allen.
He doesn’t remember much about filming the movie because he was only on set for a day or two. He was, however, a huge fan and supporter of the book American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, who received a lot of backlash when the book was published. Though his role was rather small, his death scene with Christian Bale has become iconic! Patrick Bateman is the perfect psychopath, and you get to see him being driven further into insanity with a lot of blood and chainsaws!
7. Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, and Lemmy Kilmister — Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
These three rock legends came together to record one of the greatest singles ever for a movie soundtrack. There’s been a long-time rumor that Ozzy recorded the song for the soundtrack, along with his guitarist Zakk Wylde. But then the company couldn’t pay him because his price was to high, so they went with Lemmy’s version instead.
Ozzy went on to put it on his No More Tears album, and Lemmy went on to record it for the soundtrack and his album with Motorhead called March or Die. Lemmy even shot a music video where he plays a game of cards with the character Pinhead from the movie, with the cenobites standing close by. No matter which version of “Hellraiser” you listen to, it’s impossible not to automatically think of Clive Barker’s famous movie (which was originally a novella called “The Hellbound Heart”.)
6. Marilyn Manson — Resident Evil (2002)
A virus has broken out into a secret underground facility, and it is up to the swat team to go in and shut down the hives computer. But she won’t let them go without a fight, and she’s got zombies on her side. Marilyn Manson worked alongside composer Marco Beltrami to score the film. The scene where Alice first wakes up in the mansion and the Swat team runs in to enter the hive is a perfect example of what Marilyn Manson can do as a musician.
He wanted to create something that was unlike his music but still had a rock element to it, even using different sounding melodic textures to enhance scenes; but there are tons of heavy guitar sounds to go around. Marilyn went as far as creating sounds for scenes, which is typically done by someone else. Marilyn’s work was so frightening that it even turned a sweet natured miniature poodle, belonging to the film’s editor, into a menace whenever the music was played.
George A. Romero was originally attached to write the script and direct but left the project due to creative differences.
5. Jonathan Davis — Queen of the Damned (2002)
The Vocals that are applied to Lestat in the movie are supplied by none other than Jonathan Davis from the band Korn. Unfortunately, due to “contractual difficulties,” Davis was not allowed to sing on the soundtrack. Instead of letting that bother him, he got together a list of rock stars that make this soundtrack one of the best of all times.
The vocals of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, David Draiman of Disturbed, Wayne Static from Static X, and Jay Gordon of Orgy where used for the soundtrack, and Davis was able to play instruments on a few of the songs. Davis even ended up having a cameo in the movie, playing a ticket scalper trying to sell tickets to Jesse who is on her way to Death Valley to see the concert.
4. Chester Bennington — Saw 3D The Final Chapter (2010)
The late, amazing Chester got to be apart of Saw history. This is the highest grossing film in the franchise, and Chester has gone on record saying that the first Saw movie is the greatest horror movie of all time. He was a huge fan of all the films, and one of the producers, after hearing that Chester had gone to all the premiers, offered him a role. Chester jumped on the idea, and the rest is history.
Chester took his job very seriously and even consulted with an acting coach for his role, completely submerging himself into the craft of acting. He ended up losing to Jigsaw’s well thought out trap. He is greatly missed by his fans, and it’s great that he left so much artwork behind for us to remember him.
3. Alice Cooper — Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Alice Cooper is a huge fan of the horror genre! If you’ve ever listened to his music or been to his concerts, he makes horror apart of everything he does. So, it’s no surprise that he’s been involved with a couple horror movies over the years. For the soundtrack of Jason Lives, Alice provided three songs called “He’s Back” (The Man Behind the Mask), “Teenage Frankenstein” and “Hard Rock Summer”.
Alice also made an appearance as a homeless man in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, had the honors of playing Freddy Krueger’s father in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and played himself in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. The man has clearly left his mark on the horror genre and is a proud member of the community.
2. Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons — Trick or Treat (1986)
Can you imagine the prince of darkness playing a reverend? Well, he does just that in this horror classic directed by Charles Martin Smith. Gene was offered the lead role of Sammi Curr, a rock star who dies tragically. But he opted for a smaller role as the DJ. He wanted to pay tribute to his all-time favorite Radio DJ, Wolfman Jack, who was one of Gene’s idols growing up.
In the room of one of the characters, Eddie, you can see heavy metal posters. You can even spot one of Kiss and of Ozzy Osbourne, along with Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Anthrax, and Motley Crue.
The DVD cover for the release caused quite a confusion amongst people because it prominently featured both Ozzy and Gene. This made it look like they were main characters when, in fact, they only have small cameos in the film.
No matter how long they are on the screen for, however, these two are Rock n Roll gods, and that is why they are sitting comfortably at the number two spot on this list.
Before we get to our number one film on the list, let’s take a look at some important Honorable Mentions: Meatloaf (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975), Tom Waits (Dracula, 1992), Jon Bon Jovi (Vampires: Los Muertos, 2002), Aiden (Dead Silence, 2007).
1. Rob Zombie — Halloween (2007)…and many more!
Rob Zombie is a legend when it comes to the horror community! He has given us some of the best horror movies in the last two decades, including House of a 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, Halloween 1 & 2, and his latest, 31. Not too many people know that Rob actually attended Parsons School of Design in New York and shortly afterwards worked his first job as a production assistant on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
In 2000, after designing a haunted attraction for universal studios, Rob went on to direct his first horror movie, House of a 1000 Corpses, which has gained quite the cult following. Rob Zombie is the perfect horror director because he has been a fan of the genre his whole life and has applied it to every aspect of his life, including his music career.