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10 Heavy Metal Movies to Watch in Celebration of ‘Stranger Things’ Eddie Munson

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10 Heavy Metal Movies to Watch in Celebration of ‘Stranger Things’ Eddie Munson

The following article contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4Now that Stranger Things season four is over, fans finally know how their favorites fared in their battle against new villain Vecna. One of the highlights of the latest season was newcomer Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn), the longhaired metalhead who finds himself wrongly accused of murder. In classic Stranger Things fashion, the new fan favorite was killed off, but not before gifting fans one of the show’s best scenes when he shredded “Master of Puppets” in the middle of the Upside Down. The scene was also well received by Metallica themselves.



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While Eddie may no longer be part of the Hawkins gang, his metal spirit can be found within an assortment of films that tackle the headbanging genre. The following films range from comedies, horror movies, and mockumentaries, but they all possess a reverence for heavy metal. Once you have finished violently sobbing like Dustin, watch one of these movies and raise the horns for Eddie as he rides the lightning into the afterlife.

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Part live concert, part feature film, Metallica: Through the Never shows the immortal metal band playing their greatest hits while roadie Trip (Dane DeHaan) races through the city to collect an item for the band. Trip’s journey veers into the supernatural as the world around him reflects the current song.

While Eddie had some great moments throughout Stranger Things, he will always be remembered for his performance of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.” If you loved that song, you would find plenty more to like in Through the Never as James Hetfield and co. blast through some all-time metal classics.

Metallica: Through the Neveris available to stream on Netflix.

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‘Wayne’s World’ (1992)

The film that launched Mike Myers‘ career, Wayne’s World follows the titular Wayne (Myers) and his best friend Garth (Dana Carvey), two metal fans who create their own public access TV show. When a commercial station offers to broadcast them, they jump at the opportunity but soon find their beloved show changing for the worse.

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Based on a Saturday Night Live sketch, Wayne’s World was a massive box office success and remains the best SNL star vehicle. Music legends Alice Cooper and Meat Loaf appear in the film, while the iconic ending featuring Bohemian Rhapsody remains a cinema favorite. Party on, Wayne!

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A drama film from Iceland, Metalhead tells the story of teenager Hera (Thora Bjorg Helga). Losing her older brother in a farming accident, a grief-stricken Hera immerses herself in his love for heavy metal. She learns to play his guitar and adopts his fashion sense as a way to deal with her sorrow and still connect with her deceased brother.

Most metal films either veer into horror or comedy, but Metalhead shows metal music’s comforting powers. While Hera’s black metal make-up (known in the scene as “corpse paint”) and dark clothes make her an outsider among her church-going community, this same metal lifestyle offers a sense of belonging and purpose to the grieving teen.


‘The Devil’s Candy’ (2015)

When a young family moves into a new home in Texas, they soon discover Satanic forces possess the house. The Devil’s Candy stars Ethan Embry as Jesse, a struggling painter who becomes inspired by the sinister voices whispering in his ear, while these same devilish entities target his daughter Zooey (Kiara Glasco).

Directed by Sean Byrne, who made the cult-classic horror film The Loved Ones, The Devil’s Candy pays tribute to metal through its soundtrack (Metallica, Slayer) and its characters. Jesse and Zooey are metalheads, and their shared love for the genre makes for a wholesome father-daughter relationship, adding an extra layer of tension once their lives are at risk.

The Devil’s Candyis available to stream on AMC+.

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‘Airheads’ (1994)

When amateur band The Lone Rangers hijacks a radio station to get their music on the airwaves, it soon becomes a hilarious hostage crisis. Airheads stars screen legends Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler as the clueless band members who find themselves way in over their heads.

Airheads accurately captures the spirit of wannabe rock stars who want nothing more than for their music to be heard and will appeal to anyone looking for a harmless comedy. The soundtrack features the likes of Motorhead and Anthrax, while Lemmy himself even has a cameo.

Airheads is available to stream on HBO Max.

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‘Deathgasm’ (2015)

A horror-comedy from New Zealand, Deathgasm follows teenage metalhead Brodie, who is forced to move to a new town. An outcast, Brodie soon befriends some fellow metal fans, and they decide to start a band. The teens come across a Satanic song they hope to add to their repertoire but accidentally unleash demons upon their small town.

Wearing its love for metal on its sleeve, Deathgasm is also a throwback to classic horror movies such as The Evil Dead. As more and more townspeople become possessed, the film piles on the gore as the band fights to end the Satanic panic they have unleashed.

Deathgasm is available to stream on Tubi.

‘Lords of Chaos’ (2018)

A dramatization of the history of real-life black metal band Mayhem, Lords of Chaos is a self-described story based on “truth and lies.” Beginning in 1987, the film portrays the formation and downfall of the band while also focusing on the black metal scene present in Norway at the time.

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A highly controversial band, Mayhem’s history features murder, suicide, and church-burning, all of which are depicted in the film. While its accuracy is disputed by surviving band members, the film offers a grim look into the dark backstory of one of black metal’s pioneering acts.


‘Detroit Rock City’ (1999)

Set in 1978, Detroit Rock City follows four teenage musicians determined to see their idols, Kiss, live. The four boys find themselves in all manner of trouble on their way to the concert, forced to overcome fundamentalist mothers, disco fans, and stolen cars.

Equal parts road-trip comedy and coming-of-age film, Detroit Rock City offers an amusing look at life in 1970s America, as rock and metal began to engulf the youth and panic parents everywhere. The film proved to be a box office bomb but has remained a cult classic among Kiss fans.

‘Heavy Trip’ (2018)

Heavy Trip follows amateur band Impaled Rektum, who dream of becoming metal gods, despite never having written a song or played a gig. When the opportunity to play at a metal festival in Norway arrives, the band hit the road to make their dream come true.

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A feel-good comedy, Heavy Trip features great characters, such as the black metal face-paint adorned Xytrax (Max Ovaska), who is Impaled Rektum’s bassist and can recognize any song by its opening riff. The film is a crowd-pleaser, offering plenty of heart and laughs, and will convert anyone into a fan of “symphonic postapocalyptic reindeer-grinding Christ-abusing extreme war pagan Fennoscandian metal.”

‘This is Spinal Tap’ (1984)

Presented as a documentary of fictional band Spinal Tap, This is Spinal Tap follows the British heavy metal band as they embark on a comeback tour of America. Spinal Tap themselves are a parody of the metal bands that were popular at the time, and the film is full of hilarious moments as the band experiences numerous setbacks and stage mishaps.

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This is Spinal Tap has proven to be highly influential, popularizing the mockumentary style, while certain quotes such as “turn it up to 11” have become part of popular culture. Real-life musicians such as Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kurt Cobain praised the film for its amusing accuracy, and it remains one of the most beloved metal movies of all time.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

Samaritan

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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