Black Roses (1988)
Back in the 1980s heavy metal was alleged to pose a grave threat to the safety, sanity, and souls of its young fans. The beloved B-horror flick Black Roses brings one such best/worst case scenario to life as a titular glammy hard rock ensemble uses their music to transform a small town’s entire teen population into blood-famished demons.
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
“What is best in life?” someone asks the hero for whom Conan the Barbarian is named. “To crush your enemies,” he answers in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s unmistakable accent, “to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.” Perhaps no other recorded philosophy is so purely metal. Between the Teutonic hyper-musculature of Arnold, director John Milius’s magnificently realized sword-and-sorcery setting, and the genuinely barbaric brutality on display all around, Conan is the embodiment of infinite heavy metal album covers leaping to bloody, lusty life.