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A Look Back To When Horror Movies Had Incredible Rock Soundtracks

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 27 October 2018 at 01.28

About 15 years ago there was a trend of horror movies that had soundtracks completely littered with punk, emo and metal tunes. It was bloody brilliant. So here's a quick glance at some of the flicks that were chock full of riffs. 

IDLE HANDS
A horror comedy about a bloke who somehow manages to get his hand possessed by the devil which also has cameos from Tom Delonge AND The Offspring? It's like you read our dream journal. As well as Dexter Holland getting his scalp ripped off and Tom being allowed to have a break from serving burgers, the soundtrack is brimming with boppy goodness. Featuring appearances from Rancid, Sublime, Mötley Crüe and Rob Zombie, it's like a pick and mix of gory fun. 



FREDDY VS JASON
The crossover that the world didn't know it needed, and is still unsure what it actually accomplished. Watching two of the most iconic figures in horror hack at each other like butchers was made all the more crusty with the likes of Ill Nino, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Slipknot and From Autumn To Ashes playing over the top. 



UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION
Badass vampires are the best kind of vampires right? Kate Beckingsale is the most badass of all too, and with a soundtrack like this we aren't surprised why. Alkaline Trio, My Chemical Romance, Atreyu and even Hawthorne Heights play a part in this action packed toothy romp. Emo forever. 



DAWN OF THE DEAD
Now although this soundtrack isn't chock full like the others, it has a mention here for one reason and one reason only. The fact that it features both the original Disturbed version but also the annoyingly brilliant Richard Cheese lounge version of 'Down With The Sickness'. Oh, and the film fucking rules. 



RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE
When video games make it to the silver screen, they better have something good to keep you from complaining about all the things it has done wrong. Luckily the second Resident Evil film had appearances from The Used, 36 Crazyfists, Thrice and even Deftones covering Duran Duran to stop us from spitting our popcorn out in anger. 



THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
More like the Texas Nu-metal Massacre. Throw in Sevendust, Static-X, Mushroomhead, Seether and SOiL with some naughty Leatherface action, and you've got a recipe for a blood splattered party. We'll bring the snacks. 



ALONE IN THE DARK
Now, we aren't going to lie and say that this film was very good. Because it wasn't. BUT the soundtrack was really quite spicy. To be honest we watch it just so we can wave our hands around to everyone from Cradle Of Filth and Nightwish to The Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon. What fun. 



SAW 2
It's mad that there was once a time when we weren't terrified of puppets riding tricycles and people asking us if we want to play games. Yet it only feels like yesterday that the second addtion of Saw dealt out the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, The Used, Mudvayne and Marilyn Manson while a bloke tried to cut a key out from behind his own eye. Simpler times indeed. 

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