Phil Anselmo Picks 5 Best Horror Cult Classics You've Never Heard of | Revolver

Phil Anselmo Picks 5 Best Horror Cult Classics You've Never Heard of

Sinful dwarves, cannibal men and more
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As anyone who has attended the Housecore Horror Film Festival knows, Phil Anselmo is a big-time horror fan and aficionado with a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of fright cinema in all its most grisly, ghoulish and underground varieties. So we asked the Pantera, Down, Superjoint, Scour, Illegals, etc. frontman to pick five of his favorite horror cult classics that haven't gotten quite the same level of hype as, say, Get Out or The Witch. Read, learn and watch — if you dare.

5. The Cannibal Man (1973)

"A very oddball story, kinda far removed from your average cannibal flick, but just as riveting. A young man who works at a soup factory spirals out of control after committing an 'accidental' murder, only to continue killing anyone and everyone who attempts to either help or hinder his freedom. Mix in a homosexual voyeur and his dog and you've got yourself one fucking bizarre story on tap. Definitely for the weirder crowd."

  4. Viy (1967)

"Beautifully shot Russian folktale/fairytale-type film that is visually and aesthetically incredible. When a reluctantly religious/unreligious monk-to-be is bewitched, he accidentally kills his bewitcher, only to find out that he has killed a prominent land-owner's daughter in disguise. He is picked to watch over her body for three nights inside of a gloomy tomb. How will this play out? Excellently—for the viewer that is. Fucking killer flick here. I heard somewhere that crap actor Robert Englund is directing a new version of this. I will accept donations to stop the production now! Englund is nothing but a producer of horseshit and/or one-liner teeny bopper crap."

3. The People Who Own The Dark (1976)

"When a group of prominent men all meet at a remote castle for a high-class fuck-athon with some hot-ass hookers a la Marquis De Sade-style, they are interrupted by a bomb that leaves outsiders blind and rebellious. Extremely awesome film, well acted and viciously effective. Add in a severe dose of mental illness and cabin fever and you've got yourself a violent, everybody-for-himself rough ride."

2. The Sinful Dwarf (1973)

"Drugs, pimping, whoring, a Madam, and a midget! This flick makes a person feel like showering after viewing. Unrelenting weirdness, naked chicks strung out, and a leading lady with a hot ass in the raw create an unreal feeling of edginess in this freaked-out sleaze-off! A must!"

1. Messiah of Evil (1973)

"Strange landscapes, bizarre characters, and a very different spin on 'The Blood Moon' concept, this movie is an acquired taste, but still fucking lovable. Sorta like a realist artist's splatter take on 'The Living Dead' theme, except, not really. I might get some apples thrown at me for loving this flick, but I could care less. Excellent movie."

Below, watch Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals crush Brooklyn's Saint Vitus with Pantera's "A New Level":