Metal Movie Moments: Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Posted by jessepac on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM (PST)

Heavy Metal Parking LotSome of the best music from the world of metal has influenced some of the best movies ever made. From the classics to the most brutal new additions in the metal cinematic pantheon, Metal Riot is here to suggest some of the best movies that feature metal, are about metal musicians, or feature a metal moment. Going beyond just the soundtrack, we hope to show you selections from the metal movie library that every metal fan needs to see. Metalheads love movies too, so let’s take a look at some Metal Movie Moments!

We’ve covered the grotesque and mysterious world of Black Metal, the fantastical world of “Heavy Metal,” but now Metal Riot will take into the scariest, rowdiest, most disturbing part of the heavy metal world: the parking lot!

“Where do I park?”

“Anywhere you want!”

Maryland might not seem like the microcosm for Metal in America, but the 80’s were a different time and Judas Priest was a different band. May 1986 was the time and the parking lot of the Capital Centre was the perfect spot for Jeff Krulik and John Heyn to shoot a cult classic documentary, potentially the first of its kind. The idea was to have the fans of Priest and Dokken speak for themselves and let a camera capture all of the drunken glory. Oh, and it is glorious.

The movie is essentially a “Man on the Street” style documentary, asking all the Metalheads in the parking lot how they feel about music, politics, and drugs. The man behind the camera stays anonymous, but his lack of metal knowledge (or pretend lack of knowledge for the sake of the film) helps open up the talkative fans explain the benefits of heavy metal while bashing almost all other forms of music.

The collection of hot rods and shirtless dudes outnumber all women and full beer bottles. A 20-year-old introduces himself and how much he wants to rock, until his 13-year-old girlfriend makes out with him. The circus continues with fan after fan explaining how fucked up they get in the parking lot, how much heavy metal rules, and how much they enjoy drinking. Any woman watching the video will scoff at the fashion and hair-dos, while the guys will pretty much look the same as they do today: band shirt, jeans, lots of black attire, and long flowing hair.

The film ends with a small clip of Judas Priest rocking out, but the footage may not actually be from that concert. The whole point, though, is that it doesn’t matter when or where this was filmed, as the experience a universal one amongst metal fans. If you’ve ever shown up early to an Ozzfest or kicked around the campgrounds of Wacken Open Air, you have met these people and their ilk. Hell, you might actually be one of these people. The freedom of drinking to excess before a concert charges you way more to drink to over-excess is a time-honored rock n’ roll tradition.

Most Metal Moment: “Heavy metal rules, all that punk shit sucks, it doesn’t belong on this world; it belongs on fucking Mars! And Madonna can go to hell for all I’m concerned.” – Zebra print jumpsuit guy

Watch the whole thing HERE.

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