Slash is one of the most recognisable guitarists of the last 30 years. Guns ‘N’ Roses dominated the rock world for decades, and they are still on top today. Cut him open, and Slash bleeds rock ‘n’ roll. On top of being a master of his craft, he’s also a bonafide horror film obsessive.
His adoration of horror movies is hardly a surprise when his stage name is Slash, and the genre is an immovable part of his life. Just like him, it’s dark, over the top, and entrenched in a degree of mystery. It exists in a freakishly surreal world that Slash has been familiar with ever since his outlandish childhood.
After all, he is the son of legendary rock costume designer Ola Hudson, who enjoyed a strong professional, and personal relationship with David Bowie. When you only know the supernatural from birth, the appeal of horror movies came naturally to Slash.
Thanks to his unusual upbringing, within the confines of L.A. and London’s rock and roll set, Slash was always likely to jump on the highway to hell and live on the dark side of the tracks. His early adoption into the murky underworld of rock ‘n’ roll meant his path to become one of the world’s most adored guitar heroes was never in doubt, but films have always been a side-passion.
The guitarist even set up a production company called Slasher Films, but alas, it didn’t work out in the magnetic way that he envisaged when he dreamt up the venture.
Through the production, he released the 2013 film, Nothing Left To Fear, which he even wrote a song for with Myles Kennedy, but not even that could save it from being universally panned. It shockingly holds just a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Even though he might not be shrewd at making films, that doesn’t take anything away from his opinion on the topic. Speaking to NME in 2011, Slash revealed that his favourite film didn’t even make it to cinemas and aired exclusively on television in 1975.
“I’ve been doing a lot of horror stuff because I recently started a horror production company,” the guitarist revealed. “My favourite is a movie that came out on TV called Trilogy of Terror. Karen Black was in it. That was some serious shit. That and The Omen.”
Despite not receiving much coverage when it was released, Trilogy of Terror has garnered a cult following over the last few decades. It is widely viewed as a truly understated classic and a hidden secret among genuine horror lovers.