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as a metalhead, I'm always looking for the most metal films out there. and as cinephile, I look for the metal in classic cinema - the harsh, the gritty, the chaotic and the beautiful.
so, without further ado, here's my list of the ten most metal films in the criterion collection in no particular order.
genital mutilation, a cabin in a forest, surreal imagery and death. which could also describe myriad death and black metal albums.
demon worship, satanic ritual, it's all here and it's all metal.
a murder plot, a missing body, and tons of suspense. metal.
I'm pretty sure this has been sampled many, many times by various brutal death metal bands. what more can I say?
definitely one of the most difficult films in the criterion collection to sit through, I could see a remake being scored with harsh noise and screams.
death personified, war-ravaged countryside and a struggle between good and evil.
talk about a metal ending - a man gets tormented by his girlfriend's kidnapper before being sealed in a coffin and buried alive.
reminiscent of modern goregrind bands in that it mixes comedy with extremely graphic violence. that initial shock wears off after the first viewing to reveal a film that dealt with reality-in-media concepts well before the modern explosion of reality television.
very much a filmic representation of chaotic hardcore, this film jumps between scenes, characters and ideas the way those bands change time signatures.
with clever dialogue, great pacing, and impeccable tension, danny boyle's debut demonstrates how paranoia and fear only build on each other, higher and higher, until there's no way out.