Hollywood and metal must be polar opposites. It is a dominant behemoth that dominates the entertainment industry. the other is an obnoxious underdog who wants to mess with everything the mainstream stands for. However, occasionally the two can come together and create a miracle: a film that captivates the masses and lets the metalheads shimmer. Here are just ten of them:
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Stonehenge. No other black. Up to eleven. This is the spine has permeated heavy metal culture since its release in 1982. It has disrupted more than 99% of bands ever. At a time when the genre was still young, enigmatic and dangerous, Rob Rainer’s masterpiece created a completely realistic depiction of the ridiculousness behind the macabre theater. His understanding of touring and the creative process is so clear that countless have described it as as accurate as a documentary.
Trick or Treat (1986)
Everything for Trick or treat is perfect heavy metal. This is a high school student who is haunted by the ghost of the rock star idol. The soundtrack was composed by Fastway, the supergroup with “Fast” Eddie Clarke of Motörhead. Both Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne have cameos. Every second is full of ridiculousness decorated with leather and you are not a real metalhead until you see it.
Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
What newly formed metal band does not want to be told that, in 700 years, your music will be responsible for creating a new utopian society? The great adventure of Bill and Ted is a glorious tribute to genius hidden behind the veil of the heavy metal stereotype slacker. In a time travel adventure, they impress Socrates, make Beethoven a virtuoso of metal and send Napoleon to a flute. Like metal itself, it’s so silly that it’s genius.
Wayne’s World (1992)
If you have never been on a road trip where the whole car is a hit on a classic hard rock, you have never experienced it. We all love Wayne’s world for its emblematic Bohemian Rhapsody scene. Let us not forget, however, that the rest of the film is a perfect reflection of the culture of metal fans. Besides, the previous exit of the director Penelope Sphere was The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: an excellent exploration of the war between thrash and glam in the 80s LA.
When you are in an underground metal band, the biggest challenge is convincing people to give you five seconds of their time. And Air heads I knew the. Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi star as the power trio The Lone Rangers, whose innocent desire to take the radio hostage. Although applauded by critics, Air heads is more relevant than ever in a world of highly competitive, low-income Spotify.
How many of us have said “Heavy Metal got me through some difficult times”? Metalhead is the embodiment of this. Ragnar Bragason’s shocking drama chronicles the grief of a young woman after the loss of her brother and the hope and inspiration given to her by aggressive music. Bonus points should be awarded for breaking metalhead stereotypes on screen, thanks to the priest and Eddie’s tattoo.
Do not think about it Metallica: Through The Never as a “movie”. Go to it waiting for a music video that does not accompany a song, but an entire concert and you will have a great time. Yes, the Four Horsemen’s second invasion of theaters was killed by critics. However, he still understood what makes Metallica great: wild live performances, inimitable songs and an effort to push the boundaries of heavy metal.
If you could get an old Venom album and squeeze it into celluloid, then the end result would be Death spell. Like Trick or treat, is a heavy metal you must see, drowned in audacity, corpse paint and black metal riffs of the first wave. Plus, it’s just perfectly written. The protagonist Brodie’s monologue about why metal rules (“Listen to metal and life’s better, because someone else knows the pain and anger you go through”) is particularly true.
Metal musicians from Miles Kennedy to Calligram have all suffered from hearing loss, sometimes caused or aggravated by live music. Sound Of Metal explores the impact of this alarmingly pervasive problem and how it can disrupt an entire life. In this, Riz Ahmed’s Ruben Stone is forced to leave his band and has to look for new passions and goals. Rightly, he scanned the Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound in 2021.
Days Of The Bagnold Summer (2019)
Days Of The Bagnold Summer understands the metal teenager. His plot follows the twisted and black-clad Dan, disappointed by his parents’ divorce, and your cheerful mom. They are both stuck together on the six-week school holiday. The tender dramedy leads perfectly to the line of the teenager who is annoyed and ashamed of his mom, but still loves her. It is a dynamic that many of us know, played both sweetly and hilariously.