Earlier this week, we examined 5 classic examples of punk rock horror films.
Check out the prior list here.
But as The Exploited proudly proclaimed in 1983, “punks not dead”! So here are 5 more grungy, stabbing, and spellbinding punk horrors.
This surrealist counter-culture film embodied “punk rock” just as the term was starting to take on a firm definition. A critical, hallucinogenic examination of god, marriage, birth and adulthood, I’m still not sure what hell is going on throughout much of this film, but it scares the crap out of me.
A small time TV network executive stumbles on a broadcast signal that is showing endless scenes of torture. He soon uncovers a layered plot indicating that TV and VCRs have replaced real life. This David Cronenberg classic is filled to the brim with hallucinations, strange creatures, violence, and technology. While the actual soundtrack tends to be more of an electronic orchestral score, the tone and style of this movie are about as punk rock as you get. Plus, it stars the sensuous Blondie singer, Debbie Harry.
TROMEO AND JULIET (1993)
From the demented minds of Troma come an updated, gritty version of Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET. Except this one has more blood. And sex. And tattoos. And car crashes. And giant penis monsters.
IDLE HANDS (1999)
Punk music and culture experienced a reinvention in the late 1990s, and this new youth trend was reflected in several horror films, perhaps the most prominent of which is IDLE HANDS. Focusing on a stoned teen whose hand becomes possessed and goes on a killing spree, the soundtrack featured amazing punk tunes from bands like Rancid, The Vandals, Blink 182, and The Offspring.
WILD ZERO (1999)
This Japanese zombie film is an interesting take on how punk/rock culture is perceived overseas. A fan and the ultimate garage band team up to fight a zombie outbreak. WILD ZERO just plain kicks ass.
Honorable Mention- GEEK MAGGOT BINGO (1983)
Made by NYC punk counter-culture icon Nick Zedd, this movie is about as “fuck you mainstream” punk rock as you get. But, shot for a rock bottom budget on sets that look like an elementary school play (which was the filmmaker’s intention), many horror fans will find this one a tad unwatchable. But you really can’t discuss punk horror without a nod to Mr. Zedd and his Cinema of Transgression cohorts.