The Gate (1987)
The Gate is an underappreciated kiddie horror gem inspired by over-exaggerated 1980s fears regarding backward messages on heavy metal records. Here at least, those dangers are real as the subliminal sounds crack open a portal to Hell in a suburban backyard and unleash a swarm of foot-high monster-men to wreak havoc in the lives of our pre-adolescent heroes.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Rob Zombie rather perfectly translates his distinctive musical milieu to the medium of film in House of 1000 Corpses, a perversely funny take on what agonies await tourists who fall into a sanguine succession of very wrong traps. Classic ’70s drive-in stars bring both class and menace to the cast. Zombie’s 2005 sequel, The Devil’s Rejects, is even more brutal and affirmed this multimedia master as one of the major voices of modern horror (and heavy metal) movies.