Blue Oyster Cult in the Movies

This is not a complete list of BÖC's movie appearances, but does include a majority of them. The first section includes movies inwhich BÖC (the people or the music) play a large part. The second section represents movies inwhich the band was mentioned, or some music was used.

Blue Jean Network/MTV


Live at Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood FL.

Broadcast only, never released on video.

Black and Blue


Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult face off in this theatrically-released movie featuring both bands live.

The film was released on video and LaserDisk in Japan in the 80s, but never saw a U.S. release. *until October 2002, see below.

Heavy Metal


Based on the graphic magazine of the same name, this full-length animated movie runs the gamut of animation styles and futuristic alien story lines. Blue Oyster Cult's "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" is featured during a segment that might better have fit the song "Sole Survivor". BÖC wrote several songs based on the different stories in the movie, which are on the "Fire of Unknown Origin" LP.

Bad Channels


BÖC contributed two new songs for the soundtrack, and Buck Dharma composed the incidental music.

The Stoned Age


Two stoner teens in the '70s who love BÖC. Footage from a vintage mid-70s BÖC show and many BÖC related props including prominent use of logo and BÖC tshirts. Buck & Eric appear in a cameo at the end of the film.

Live 1976 (DVD)


A historic BÖC show filmed in 1976, with laser show. However, the sound is flawed and the direction is average at best.

Black and Blue (DVD)

1981 (releaed 2002)

Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult face off in this theatrically-released movie featuring both bands live.

New DVD version of film. Never before released in the US or Europe.

A Long Day's Night (DVD)


Blue Öyster Cult taped live, June 21, 2002 at Chicago, Illinois' Navy Pier Skyline Stage. Blue Öyster Cult at full throttle, performing songs from throughout their 30 year career.

*Contains a DVD "easter egg":

  • Using a DVD player, go to the main menu, highlight "song selection," press the "up" button on the remote control, and then "select" or "enter".
  • Using a computer, go to the main menu, and move the cursor over the dot in the "logo" at the top of the menu screen, and click.



"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" plays on the radio.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High


Character mentions something about "tickets to see Blue Öyster Cult"

Sleepaway Camp


Character wears BOC T-shirt.

Prince of Darkness


Logo-like pattern appears on person's flesh.

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey


Characters Bill & Ted, when faced with a grave situation, look at each other and say "Don't Fear the Reaper, dude!"



A character is hanging up posters for his band's upcoming gig: opening for Blue Oyster Cult.

The Stand (TV miniseries)


"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" opens the film while credits roll.

The Frighteners


"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (covered by The Muttonbirds) closes the film on the closing credits.



Features "Reaper" sung by Gus.

Detroit Rock City


Godzilla plays in the movie, characters mention BÖC.

Joe Dirt


"Burnin' For You" is in the movie and on the soundtrack. Main character Joe has a BÖC poster on his wall.

Dogtown and Z Boys


"Godzilla" is in the movie during a surfing scene.



"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" is used in the movie.

Lords of Dogtown


"The Red & The Black" is used in the movie.

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector


"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" is used in the movie.

12 and Holding


"Burnin' For You" is used in the movie.