Kirk Ham­mett is metal’s undis­puted hor­ror nerd king, so we got the Metallica ax­e­man to give us his run­down of the un­der­rated griz­zly clas­sics you need in your life

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Kirk Hammett - WORDS: CHRIS CHANTLER

"Ijust have to throw out there that this changes de­pend­ing on how

I’m feel­ing, or what­ever I’m into at the time,” be­gins Kirk Ham­mett, by way of ex­pla­na­tion for his un­ortho­dox list of must-see chillers.

“I’m con­stantly look­ing out for new, cool, dif­fer­ent stuff in this genre, be­cause there’s a lot of rep­e­ti­tion and for­mula.” So what is Kirk’s bench­mark for choos­ing a great hor­ror movie? “Some­times I look at these films as time in­vest­ments: what do I want to in­vest my time in?” he pon­ders. “Do I want some­thing re­ally scary, or some­thing campy, or some­thing ac­tion-packed, or some­thing psy­cho­log­i­cal? That’s how I tend to think when pick­ing hor­ror movies.”

Kirk has a rep­u­ta­tion as an ob­ses­sive col­lec­tor of vin­tage hor­ror mem­o­ra­bilia – his col­lec­tion has been on dis­play in mu­se­ums, air­ports, his own book and his own hor­ror fes­ti­val, Kirk Von Ham­mett’s Fear Festevil. He has also fa­mously em­bla­zoned his gui­tars with art­work from Universal’s clas­sic mon­ster films of the 1930s and 40s, so you might be sur­prised by how many re­cent cuts Kirk has cho­sen for our ex­clu­sive list. “The rea­son for that is I’ve spo­ken a lot about older films,” rea­sons Kirk,

“and there’s a lot of films out there that I love and re­spect and need to get the at­ten­tion they de­serve. So that’s pretty much why I picked these!”

We’ll let the man him­self take it from here…

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