Heavy metal and horror movies have always been happy bedfellows. Hell, the band that started it all took their murky vibe and unforgettable name from 1963 Mario Bava/Boris Karloff anthology feature Black Sabbath. Since then, everyone from Iron Maiden (The Number Of The Beast, Children Of The Damned, The Wicker Man) to Ice Nine Kills (er, the entire Silver Scream LP) have found untold depths of inspiration amongst the scream queens and splatter of dark genre cinema.
There’s always a little extra bite, of course, when artists borrow directly from the features that inspire them. There’s nothing like a Wilhelm Scream to raise the heckles, or some uncannily spooky sound effects your subconscious links back to the creature features that haunt your dreams. Here, we’ve run down the best of the lot, based on memorability, atmospheric fit and sheer shit-stirring impact. Only direct samples from the film soundtrack qualify, so blunt homages and shameless rip-offs are excluded.
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A warning: severe cases of the goosebumps may accompany the songs that follow…