Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash fell in love with horror around the same time he fell in love with hard rock. In recent years, as he’s built his solo career as a musician, he’s also established himself in horror. A few years ago, he cofounded a production company with a perfect pun for a name, Slasher Films, and produced his first film, Nothing Left to Fear, which starred Anne Heche, in 2013. He already has another one in the works.
Since the guitarist is a de facto aficionado of the genre, he picked his five favorite horror movies for Rolling Stone, including some that have scared him since he was a little kid. “My mom was a huge horror fan and weaned me on all the horror movies from the Fifties and the Sixties,” the guitarist, age 50, says. “And both my parents took me to see everything through the Seventies. So yeah, I’m a hardcore fan.”
Watch the video above to see which movie he calls “one of the most visually appealing and hair-raising horror movies of all time,” and why movies like The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead and The Omen still haunt the musician to this day.