Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Director Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise updates The Phantom of the Opera for the 1970s rock set, complete with wild energy, black humor, heavy horror, and astoundingly spot-on genre parody songs by composer Paul Williams, who also co-stars as Satanic music mogul Swan, “a rock and roll Napoleon. ” Pure metal arises in the form of the face-painted, Kiss-like group The Undead and glittery, Alice Cooper-like monster-rocker Beef. More metal arises when The Phantom proves just how very seriously he “sold his soul for rock and roll.”
Monster Dog (1984)
1984 found Alice Cooper just out of rehab and eager to keep busy. The producers of the horror cheapie Monster Dog promised him work in the lead role of Vince Raven, a mysterious rock star who must confront a werewolf and also just might be one. It was an offer Alice couldn’t refuse. Fans of fun, terrible, terrifically gory, heavy metal B-movies—including Alice himself—have been grateful ever since.