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5 metal-as-fuck 2016 films you should know about

Star Wars might’ve won 2015, but what should we stoked on for 2016?


“I can’t do this on $1,000,000,” explains writer/director Rob Zombie of why his new horror was partially crowdfunded. Featuring a huge ensemble cast and a frankly nuts plot (five people get kidnapped on Halloween, left in a factory and are then forced to fight off killers and clowns for 12 hours), it may well be, as Rob himself insists, his “best one”. Watch out for it after its worldwide premiere at Sundance Film Festival later this month.


Starring Lemmy, Tom Araya, Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins, this partially silent, black-and-white art piece will be given a limited release before an ambitious, touring performance featuring a live backing band – including a stop-off at Download’s third stage on Friday June 10 – follows soon after. This will likely emerge as one of the most curious and debated music/film crossovers in recent history.

Lords Of Chaos

Now most known as a director of infamous music videos such as The Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up and Rammstein’s Pussy (and, er, a ton of Madonna clips), Bathory co-founder Jonas Åkerlund is helming this adaptation of the controversial book detailing the rise of the Norwegian black metal scene. Dealing with murder and church burnings, it’s sure to cause a splash when it arrives near year’s-end.

Martyrs Of Metal

The winners of last year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Global Metal Award are still seeking finishing funds for this fascinating tale of a struggling metal band from Afghanistan and the many obstacles they face. Head over to to find out more and to donate to the cause, with a release by the end of 2016 still planned.

Officer Downe

Slipknot’s unofficial artistic director, Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, will unleash his directorial debut in June. Based on the comic series of the same name, it’ll undoubtedly feature plenty of Clown’s unmistakable touches.