THE HORROR MOVIES YOU NEED TO SEE... BUT PROBABLY HAVEN'T BY KIRK HAMMETT
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
"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…