Coheed & Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez Shares Favorite Horror Flicks

“My taste in horror is all over the place,” laughs Coheed & Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez.

In fact, Claudio is quite the horror aficionado. His taste spans eras and sub-genres quite indiscriminately. That’s similar to everything that Claudio does. In Coheed & Cambria, he constructs epic sonic tapestries with each and every song that weave together for unforgettable modern progressive rock records. On April 13, Coheed & Cambria drops their highly anticipated Amory Wars prequel album, Year of the Black Rainbow, and it’s everything that fans are hoping for—a modern psychedelic masterpiece that’s as heavy as it is heartfelt. The heaviness comes in massive doses of drum mastery courtesy of Chris Pennie (ex-Dillinger Escape Plan), and Claudio’s carpet bomb riff work. Get ready for a ride…

Without further adieu, Bloody Disgusting contributor and Dolor author Rick Florino ( presents you with Claudio’s favorite horror movies… this list rules almost as much as Coheed… Claudio Sanchez’s Favorite Horror Films

1. Evil Dead 2

I certainly do like Evil Dead 2, and I like Evil Dead as well. I love the comedic factor in Evil Dead 2, and I think Bruce Campbell certainly shines in that movie. I really do enjoy it! It scares you and makes you laugh. One of my star struck moments was meeting Bruce Campbell. Every year at Comic Con in San Diego, I have a booth for Amory Wars. This one year, I had signings and I couldn’t really break away and wait in line to meet Bruce. However, I have this photographer friend who was like, “Listen, I can try to get you to meet Bruce.” I just said, “Fantastic! I’ll do it, let’s go!” We ran over, and she gets me to the front to meet him, and I almost trip. I thought he said my name, but I think he was saying something that just rhymed with my name [Laughs]. I was bugging out like, “Oh man, Bruce knows who I am!” [Laughs] It’s crazy.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)

This is certainly one of my favorites. Leatherface is my favorite of the slashers! The shots are just scary. Seeing the house and all of the cars behind it is so creepy. I see that where I live, and it’s terrifying—just that setting.

3. Nightmare on Elm Street

Although… Freddy is really good, when he’s not acting like as much of a comedian.

4. Let the Right One In

I really loved Let the Right One In! It’s fairly new. I thought the way it ended was awesome! I liked the way it was shot as well. It wasn’t too over-the-top horrific. When I think about my favorite horror movies, sometimes I think of flicks like Dead Alive with all of that over-the-top gruesomeness [Laughs]. Yet, Let the Right One In really did focus on the story as opposed to the nightmarish killing aspect. The way the film ended with the scene in the pool and the head—without the viewer actually seeing it—is very Hitchcock in many ways.

5. Night of the Living Dead

I’ve got to go with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. I’ve named my dog after Barbara, and on the fourth night of Neverender, we played the movie behind us on stage.

6. Eyes Wide Shut

That is the jam! When they get into the Eyes Wide Shut party, holy shit! I was going to buy it the other day. I really do enjoy that movie, but that scene with the old men and prostitutes and wealth is just terrifying. Freaky!!!