Heavy Metal Horror Movie Theme Songs, Ranked By How Much They Slay

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Vote up the hard rock movie theme songs that rock the hardest.

There is an entire genre of metal influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden, Gwar, Black Sabbath, and others, which embeds campy supernatural, fantasy, or horror imagery into their music. Therefore it stands to reason that campy, supernatural, or fantasy horror film soundtracks would be filled out by heavy metal legends and underground rock bands.  

The best horror movie metal songs slay harder than even the most brutal slasher villains, and in some cases, they are so good they take on a life beyond the film itself. 


  • Motorhead - 'Hellraiser' (Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth)
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    Motorhead leading man Lemmy Kilmister legendarily played poker with Pinhead in his video for the song "Hellraiser" featured in the 1992 film, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. Kilmister wrote the song with Ozzy Osbourne in 1991, and the pair released two separate versions of it. 

    Kilmister later said he wasn't sure "if Ozzy liked [his] version," though Motorhead's gritty anthem was ultimately chosen for the film. 

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    Dokken - 'Dream Warriors' (A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors)

    Dokken - 'Dream Warriors' (A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors)
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    Dokken's "Dream Warriors" was written for 1987's A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors, and even features Robert Englund and Patricia Arquette in the music video as Freddy Kruger and a damsel in distress, respectively.

    Dokken themselves emulate the protagonists from the film by stalking Arquette in what appears to be an attempt to protect her from her nightmare. The heavy metal heroes do defeat Kruger with their '80s dance moves and electric guitar. 

  • Megadeth - 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' (Shocker)
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    Megadeth covered Alice Cooper's 1973 hit "No More Mr. Nice Guy" for the 1989 horror film Shocker. In fact, for the music video in which Megadeth's Dave Mustaine emulates the electrocution scene from Shocker, Alice Cooper was granted the privilege of pulling the lever.

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    Alice Cooper - 'He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)' (Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives)

    Alice Cooper - 'He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)' (Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives)
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    Alice Cooper released "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)" as the leading single on his 1989 album Constrictor which also features the song "Teenage Frankenstein." Both "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)" and "Teenage Frankenstein" are featured in part VI of the long-living Friday the 13th franchise, which premiered the same year as Constrictor