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Rockers’ 20 Best Appearances in Eighties Horror Movies

Feel the Sting! Fear the Flea! Watch out for the Wolfman, Jack!

Debbie Harry in 'Videodrome' and David Bowie in 'The Hunger'

Debbie Harry in 'Videodrome' and David Bowie in 'The Hunger'

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Alongside schlocky special effects and franchises with diminishing returns, the 1980s were a killer time for musicians traipsing around in between the bloodbaths of horror flicks. From David Bowie and Deborah Harry in critically acclaimed art creep-outs to heavy metal heroes slumming it in rock & roll nightmares, check out this list of flicks where rock met shock.

Guns N' Roses in 'The Dead Pool'

Guns N' Roses in 'The Dead Pool'

Guns N’ Roses, ‘The Dead Pool’ (1988)

The final, and by far the dumbest, installment in the "Dirty Harry" vigilante-cop series involves a serial-killer plot that revolves around a rock star (Jim Carrey), the director of a slasher film (Liam Neeson), a schizophrenic fan, and a mysterious death pool in which participants predict the next San Francisco celebrity to die. Though not exactly a horror film, there's no doubt that The Dead Pool's ornate and ugly murders are in response to the era's slasher-flick brutality and gore. Adding to the sense that the movie is desperately trying to catch up and stay cool are cameos by all five members of Guns N' Roses at the funeral for Carrey's rock star. In another scene, Slash fires a harpoon during a music-video shoot.

The 'Black Roses' trailer

The 'Black Roses' trailer

Carmine Appice, ‘Black Roses’ (1988)

One of the lesser known gigs for Carmine Appice — a hard rock landmark that has drummed for everyone from Pink Floyd to Ozzy Osbourne — was in Black Roses, the fictional titular band in this laughably low-rent flick about some metal-loving rockers who turn a small town's teens into their demonic slaves. "Everything your parents ever told you about rock & roll just might be true" warns the trailer. Though even Tipper Gore probably thinks this movie is harmless.

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