20 Things You Didn’t Know About Spinal Tap (& Other Heavy Metal Movies)

This Is Spinal Tap turned 30 years old earlier this year, and the all-time classic heavy metal mockumentary–the one that “goes to 11”–continues to win new fans of comedy and metal alike. Director Rob Reiner and stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer keep cracking up the longtime cult followers. The movie also keeps winning over generations of musicians who can’t believe how the film’s outrageous depictions of the rock ‘n roll road warrior lifestyle remain amazingly accurate.
But what are these other “heavy metal movies” of which we speak? The answer can be found–hard, heavily, and more than 666 times–in the mammoth new book Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos, & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big Scream Films Ever! by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Bazillion Points).
In honor of Tap’s 30th anniversary, author “McBeardo” compiled a list of 20 head-banging and hair-raising facts regarding the greatest of all heavy metal movies–along with a merry mosh pit of other titles that party in the same backstage VIP area of hard rock cinema. We have some fun facts here that still barely scratch the tattooed epidermis of this fanatically obsessive work.  And as a COED bonus: order Heavy Metal Movies: The Book now at HeavyMetalMovies.com –and also score a free fabric patch and a one-of-a-kind artisanal barf bag. This part here is just a taste, kids…

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