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Your ultimate heavy metal Halloween playlist

Skeletons playing guitar
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Metal and horror go hand in hand. For years heavy music has used Hollywood's nightmarish tales as inspiration for album covers, band names, and even lyrics. In the new issue of Metal Hammer we count down the 20 greatest metal anthems influenced by the big screen – from the gruesome, to the grizzly, to the straight-up glorious! 

Of course, in the magazine we go into much more detail about each song, its inspiration and even pick out our favourite bloodstained lyrics. Plus they're ranked from 20-1, which caused a lot of debate in the office. But if you're after a heavy metal Halloween, look no further than these terrifying tunes inspired by big screen baddies and supernatural slashers.

The horror issue of Metal Hammer is in stores now, or you can buy a copy from our online store.

Rob Zombie on the cover of Metal Hammer