Review | Heavy Metal at the Movies


  • Laura Niebling University of Regensburg


Book Review: Heavy Metal at the Movies

Author Biography

Laura Niebling, University of Regensburg

Department of Media Studies



Barron, Lee and Ian Inglis. 2009. Scary Movies, Scary Music. Uses and Unities of Heavy Metal in the Contemporary Horror Film. In Philip Hayward Ed. Terror Tracks – Music, Sound and Horror Cinema. London: Equinox: 186–197.

Bayer, Gerd. 2016. Sentimentality and the Heavy Metal Documentary. In Brenda Gardenour Walter et al. Eds. Heavy Metal Studies and Popular Culture. London: Palgrave: 36–57.

Bayer, Gerd. 2017. Metal Documentaries: The National, The Global, and the Cosmopolitan. In Mika Elovaara and Bryan Bardine Eds. Connecting Metal to Culture: Unity in Disparity. Chicago: Intellect-Chicago University Press: 143-161.

Conterio Martyn. 2019. 10 Great Films For Metal Fans – BFI. Accessed: 11 September 2019.

Konecny, Brandon. 2014. Heavy Metal Monsters!: Rudctio ad Ridiculum and the 1980s Heavy Metal Horror Cycle. Film Matters 5/1: 13–16.

Krautkrämer, Florian and Jörg Petri. 2012. Horrormetaltypo. Heavy Metal als Gestaltungsmittel. Zum Verhältnis von Typographie, Metal und Horrorfilm. In Herbert Schwaab and Rolf Nohr Eds. Metal Matters – Heavy Metal als Kultur und Welt. Münster: LIT Verlag: 87–109.

McPadden, Mike. 2014. Heavy Metal Movies – Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big-Screen Films Ever. New York: Bazillion Points.

Tompkins, Joseph. 2009. What’s The Deal With Soundtrack Albums? Metal Music and the Customized Aesthetics of Contemporary Horror. Cinema Journal 49/1: 65-81.

Weinstein, Deena. 2000. Heavy Metal – The Music and Its Culture. Revised edition. New York: Da Capo Press.


Anvil – The Story of Anvil. 2008. Dir. Sacha Gervasi, Abramorama.

Headbanger’s Ball. 1987-1995. MTV.

Heavy Metal. 1981. Dir. Gerald Potterton and Jimmy T. Murakami, Columbia Pictures.

Heavy Metal Mania. 1985-1986. MTV.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot. 1986. Dir. Jeff Krulik and John Hayne, Private VHS.

This Is Spinal Tap. 1984. Dir. Rob Reiner, Embassy Pictures.

Trick Or Treat. 1986. Dir. Charles Martin Smith, De Laurentiis Entertainment.