Kirk Hammett said he was eager to work on horror movie soundtracks — but he’s waiting for the directors to call him instead of offering his services to the industry.
“I’m waiting for the phone call,” Hammett said High thread in a recent interview. “I never doubted that I could do it. I just never got around to putting it out there that I would be interested. But I think, you know, instead of announcing, ‘Okay, I’m ready to do soundtracks,’ I’m going to let them figure out whether or not the will work with me.”
Hammett offered another reason he wanted to work in the genre – it has undergone a renaissance in recent years. “We’re now going through the second golden era of horror,” he said. “There’s so much great horror stuff out there – books, comics, toys, movies, shows. It’s so amazing. People are really pushing the boundaries.”
He added: “For a long time, for most of the ’80s and a lot of the ’90s, horror was just one big regurgitation of all the macabre themes. It was a bit much, you know? Then the whole zombie thing came in, and that was it everything zombie. And I was so tired. Then the ‘creepy kid’ came in and it was like, ‘Oh no – another creepy kids movie’.”
But he claimed things had changed. “Now you have this whole folk horror genre. It’s a genre that was never really explored fully, and people are exploring it now. And the consequence is that you have some great movies coming out, it’s so great.” He singled out the 2019s Midsummer to praise by saying: “[It’s] like folklore, you know? It’s one of the best horror movies to come out in a while.”
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