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The Best Horror Sequels of All Time, According to Swedish Doom Rockers Salem’s Pot

If Salem's Pot doesn't scare you, these eight horror sequels should do the trick

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    lights-camera-music-finalEver wonder which movies inspire your favorite bands or how filmmakers work with artists to compile your favorite soundtracks? Sound to Screen is a regular feature that explores where film and music intersect. This week, Salem’s Pot pick eight horror sequels that fuel their uniquely terrifying approach to doom metal.

    No band knows horror like Salem’s Pot. The Swedish doom rockers are the musical and aesthetical embodiment of low-budget ’70s horror films: the psychedelic imagery, the oversaturated Panavision colors, the campy sex and gore. Listening to Salem’s Pot feels almost like watching an old VHS copy of Suspiria late at night, bong smoke lingering in the air, wood-paneled walls closing in.

    “That’s exactly how we started the band, just watching horror movies,” explains frontman Knate. “I was the only guy playing music, so we just started as a concept: me doing the riffs, everybody coming up with artwork and ideas. We try and do the whole theatrical thing with our live shows: 50 percent music, 50 percent horror movie.”

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    The band’s second full-length album, Pronounce This!, drops July 22nd via RidingEasy Records. Drawing inspiration from the supernatural creeps of Italian giallo cinema, the record is their catchiest and most hallucinatory yet. It’s rock and roll that’s slightly off, content to drift in its own left-field weirdness like the bizarre flicks that inspired it.

    With Salem’s Pot set to drop their very own horror sequel — and with our film staff’s sequel ranking still fresh in our nightmares — Consequence of Sound caught up with the band to get a rundown of their favorite terrifying follow-up films. Read on if you dare.

    Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    The epitome of a successful sequel, George A. Romero’s 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead not only improved on Night of the Living Dead but left a lasting impact on the horror genre — specifically splatter and zombie films. Its cheeky satire came to define the term “campy” for a new generation of scare-seekers. Suddenly, audiences found themselves laughing while zombie heads exploded and bodies were ripped apart. It felt like a natural reaction to something that was never meant to be taken seriously. Romero understood that there’s a fine line between horror and comedy, and that’s why the Dead series is so timelessly entertaining, with Dawn being arguably its strongest iteration.

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