In a new interview with Loudwire, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke to his interest in creating horror movie soundtracks. Hammett is a big horror buff and has spoken about his passion for the genre in the past. Hell, he even wrote the afterword for an upcoming book about Shudder’s Creepshow.
During this recent conversation, while discussing Hammett’s new solo EP, titled Portals, he is asked why he has yet to work on horror movie soundtracks. Regarding this, the Metallica guitarist says, “I’m waiting for the phone call.”
Hammett then goes on to add:
“I never had any doubt that I could do it. I just never got around to putting it out there that I’d be interested. But I think, you know, rather than announce, ‘Okay, I’m ready to do soundtracks,’ I’m going to let them figure out whether or not they want to work with me.”
We are not sure who the “they” is, but it very well could mean either a film director and/or film producer(s). Kirk Hammett then speaks to his passion for the horror genre, saying how horror is experiencing a “second golden era.” Per Hammett:
“We’re now going through the second golden era of horror. There’s so much great horror stuff out there — books, comics, toys, films, series. It’s so great. People are really pushing the boundaries.”
The guitarist later speaks to a particular subgenre of horror that he really seems to be enjoying, and a specific movie he is blown away by.
“Now, you have this whole folk horror genre. It’s a genre that was never really fully explored, and people are exploring it now. And the consequence is that you have some amazing films coming out, it’s so great. Midsommar is just like folklore, you know? It’s one of the best horror movies to come out in a while.”
Have you seen Midsommar yet? The film came out in 2019 and is written and directed by Ari Aster. It is an incredible folk horror movie and we recommend checking it out! If you are interested in ordering some horror movie soundtracks, you should check out Waxwork Records (they have an amazing catalog of horror movie soundtracks). They also recently announced a special 12″ record related to The Munsters!