Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe can scream with the best of ’em. He’s also got a penchant for penning pensive, but brutal lyrics steeped in an unmatched raw intensity. That rawness carries over to his big screen debut as Deacon Luke in Brian Pulido’s brand new indie horror flick, The Graves. Deacon Luke is the enforcer for this church of sickos and an all-around bad, bad man. Blythe stepped right into Luke’s skin and made him quite the memorable villain, stalking the screen like he stalks the stage.
On the eve of the movie’s premiere, Blythe spoke to Bloody-Disgusting.com’s Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) about his favorite horror flicks! Read on for his list.
I liked the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre because I saw that when I was a kid and it f*cked me up pretty good [Laughs]. I was at a pizza party for my fourth grade soccer team or something, and I was like, “Oh my God!” It was the first horror movie that I’d ever seen. Beyond dudes getting hacked apart with chainsaws or whatever, I remember the part that really f*cked me up. They give the younger cousin who works at the slaughterhouse a ride. He takes a knife out while he’s sitting in their van. Then he just starts cutting open his hand and freaking out! I’m thinking, “That’s why you don’t pick up hitchhikers! Someone might do that shit!” [Laughs] I’d look at hitchhikers after that and be like, “Jesus, is that guy one of these fruitcakes from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre who’s going to slice his hand open?” I’ve done a fair bit of hitchhiking myself. The last time I did it, I told the woman who gave me a ride, “You’re very nice, but you really shouldn’t do that. I have a huge knife in my bag and I could’ve used it at anytime, so thanks for the ride but don’t pick anybody else up!” [Laughs] I left her sitting there, kind of fried-out. I gave her something to chew on for the evening [Laughs].
I’d also say Children of the Corn because when I lived out in the country with my grandma on her farm, the place was surrounded by corn. After I saw that movie, I never looked at the fields quite the same way. It kind of freaked me out! There are these neighbors down the street that are in some Christian cult thing. They’re super-repressed. They’re perfect, and they never do anything wrong! I’m like, “Man, those motherfuckers have probably got sickles in their shed out back!”
I liked The Blair Witch Project before it was released. I saw it when it was released virally. I watched that a few times, and the movie actually scared me. It really did! My friend Carmen got it on VHS somehow. She was like, “Come over, I’ve got this screwy, screwy movie.” We sat in her house drinking beer at one o’clock in the morning watching it. We watched it two or three times a couple days in a row, and I was just freaked out. I thought, “It’s probably not real, but what the fuck?!” That’s pretty messed up. It was a novel approach to filmmaking at the time. After I saw it, I started doing a little research to find out if it was real because I wanted to know what was going on. I wanted to know if something screwed up was going on there and what happened to those people. It was a neat movie.
I liked The Devil’s Rejects a lot. It’s a cool, rock ‘n’ roll horror movie.
I dug the original Japanese Ring—Ringu.