Anthrax's Scott Ian on Why Horror Movies and Metal Go Together

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Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

click to enlarge Anthrax's Scott Ian (second from left)
  • Anthrax's Scott Ian (second from left)
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is playing songs from the band's 1987 thrash metal masterpiece Among The Living and their new covers record Anthems on tour right now. He's also taken on a second gig hosting Fangoria's Blood and Guts, a YouTube series on The Nerdist Channel in which he meets with masters of horror movies. Ahead of Anthrax's show at House of Blues tonight, we talked with him about films that get his skin crawling.

What is your favorite horror movie scene ever?

My favorite horror movie is John Carpenter's The Thing. My favorite scene ever is the scene when the guy is on the table, and the doc goes to put the paddles to him. The Thing jumps out of the dude's chest and bites his hands off. That whole scene is just so insane. There's probably half a dozen scenes in that movie I could see as my favorite scene ever.

What do you think of the rise of zombie culture, and the success of television programs like The Walking Dead?

I just think it's because the team behind "The Walking Dead" are making a great television show and it happens to be about zombies. If it was a great show about werewolves, people would be checking it out. It's just well-done and well-written. If you give people something worth watching, then they'll flock to it.

What are your thoughts on the rules of zombies (i.e. geek arguments over "slow zombies" vs "fast zombies")?

It's all bullshit. Who makes the rules? Zombies don't exist in real life, so there are no rules. Whether you're a fan of slow zombies, fast zombies, rage virus zombies...I don't put too much weight on that mythology. People that are arguing over that stuff have way too much time on their hands. I don't think there should be any rules. If there were rules, there wouldn't be zombies, because the first rule would be "Zombies aren't real, what are you talking about?" I'll probably be eating those words when I see zombies crawling around the hills.

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