Slash may be best known as the iconic top-hatted guitarist of Guns N' Roses, but he's also a lifelong horror aficionado who has gone beyond mere fandom by dipping his toes into producing films with his production house Slasher Films. His production credits include the 2013 slow-burner horror movie Nothing Left to Fear and the yet-to-be-released creepfest Black River. In the spirit of his endeavor, Slash gave us his top five cinematic spine-tinglers of all time, ranging from undisputed golden-age classics, to modern cult favorites.
"It's a vampire movie that's just one of the best horror movies I've seen in a long time."
"I just happened on that, you know, on satellite, I guess it was, flipping through the movie channels. I had never heard of it, and I think it was probably Liv Tyler that made me catch it. You know, it's like, we've known her for a while. And I was like, Ah, this movie of hers I've never seen. And it was just about to start, so we watched, and Perla, my wife, and I were just in bed, you know, middle of the night. And fuck, it was one of the scariest movies I've seen in ages. [Laughs]"
"The Omen is probably my all-time top favorite horror movie. It's just really well written. It's the kind of movie that sort of is a huge catalyst in what Slasher Films is all about: character driven, psychologically, genuinely scary movies, not—contrary to the name of the company—not slasher movies, not mindless dismemberment movies. Which are great to an extent, but it's become, like, the norm for the genre now. And it's got pretty old, you know?"
"When I was a kid I saw that at a drive-through with my mom, it scared the shit out of me. [Laughs] And that one, you know, all things considered, has had the biggest influence on what we consider slasher movies now, sort of gore movies. But being in black and white, and just the whole original concept, it was really unnerving."
"Boris Karloff [who plays the Monster] is great and it's obviously one of the classic horror stories of all time. But it was just really well done. And the moodiness of it in the town, the atmosphere of the locale is fantastic. But all the characters are great. And it's just got that creepy old feel that still just stands the test of time."