My Heavy Metal Horror Fix: Terry From ‘The Gate’ (1987)

I woke up in a bit of a heavy metal mood this morning, so naturally I had to find one of the most heavy metal movie clips ever to satisfy my urge!

A bit overselling was going on there, but yes – nothing says heavy metal like Terry (Louis Tripp) from the 1987 horror movie aimed for kids, The Gate.  He really does love his Sacrifyx album and more specifically, he loves putting his rainbow-colored bedsheet on his head while he recites the spoken word of The Old Gods.  Might want to lose the rainbow-colored bedding if you want to keep your metal reputation intact, Terry.  There are a lot of things I love about The Gate and that scene is definitely one of them.  The other would be the one below that includes a creepy old zombie guy, a bunch of miniature demons, and a Barbie doll being used as a weapon.  Trifecta!

Give Me The Creeps: The Window Scene From ‘Salem’s Lot’ (1979)

What the hell were my parents thinking when they let me watch Salem’s Lot on TV when I was 6-years-old?  Well, thanks Mom & Dad – because I’m still having nightmares about a ghostly floating vampire boy scratching at my window, just begging to be let in.

Not many TV movies nowadays could give me the creeps (unless the acting in Sharknado counts), and Salem’s Lot definitely succeeded there numerous times.  Released as a TV mini-series that was based on the novel by Stephen King, this is easily one of the better vampire horror movies around.  The window scene is the true master here (sorry, Barlow) and that is the scene that makes me grab at my blankey extra tight.  I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to determine if I really do still have a blankey.  But anyway, high praise goes out to you Salem’s Lot and your creepy ass window scene – you will forever give me nightmares.  Oh, Hi Barlow!  How long have you been standing there?


Give Me The Creeps: The Mechanical Doll From ‘Deep Red’ (1975)

Quick!  What’s the creepiest mechanical doll ever?  Tick tock, tick tock.  What’s your answer?  No, I’m sorry, but Vicki The Robot from the TV show Small Wonder doesn’t count.  The correct answer is:  the mechanical doll from Dario Argento’s classic giallo, Deep Red!  And yes, the first time I saw that movie, I kind of had a love/hate thing going on with that creepy ass thing.  All the more reason that I’m showing it some love on this edition of Give Me The Creeps. Not familiar with the mechanical porcelain terror that I’m speaking of?  Take a look below in the clip:

Oh yeah.  I should have also mentioned that there was a pretty gnarly teeth bashing scene in there, as well as some groovy over-the-top soundtrack music from the band Goblin.  Only sweetens the deal if you ask me.  The focus is on that random mechanical doll in the cute little tuxedo though.  As he trollops towards Professor Giordani giggling like a school boy, you can’t help but be a bit terrified. And even though that particular doll is only on screen for about 25 seconds total (and that includes his lifeless porcelain broken body on the floor), it’s a scene and image that is synonymous with the movie Deep Red.  This is classic Argento, and being that we can’t seem to find classic Argento anymore, we need to relish in moments like this from his previous films.  So here’s a salute to that little mechanical doll in the cute tuxedo who likes to giggle a lot…….you single-handedly managed to Give Me The Creeps.

*It’s not the amount of head you have, it’s how you use it*