Black Roses (1988)
Director: John Fasano
Main Stars: John Martin, Sal Viviano, Julie Adams, Carla Ferrigno, Carmine Appice, Karen Planden, Robin Stewart
Storyline: 80s metal band comes to town to converts teenagers into demons.
Review (Spoils): Ahhh the 80s, when the evil of metal started to become popular and lost its charm in due time. We have a film that set in what was going on with music in the late 80s, metal was evil, teenagers loved it and it was the message of the devil. The film bases itself around the music era of its time with even its own little PMRC.
The story starts with the intro the rubber mask demon band called The Black Roses with the leader of the band and cult a handsome mullet man named Damien (Sal Viviano). In this the teens are excited that the band decided to play a whole opening week in a small town and the parents and PTA are in an up roar. The band plays (cheesy 80s bad metal) and starts to convert the teens into bad asses and demons that are obsessed with the band. Only the local creepy school teacher can stop it!
Man this film is trapped in the 80s as we have more jeans, hair spray, mullets, boatshoes, bad metal ballads, rubber masks, demon voices, some good old nudity (yeahhh!!!), a neat speaker eating someone, cool throat slit, car hitting body with sound effects, a shooting, boiling records, 80s babes, pentagrams, throw out the window, burning classic super hero figures (ekkk!), laying rubber, nasty ashtray to the head and some poor acting. We have the typical stalker creepy school teacher (he even has a pictures of his students in his livingroom), good girl, bad girl and the too bad to be bad boy. Some nice appearances from drum legend Carmine Appice and an opening of Lizzy Bordens “Me against the world” nice touch!
Rating: This film is so bad and dated that I could not stop watching it. This films acting is very bad and the scenes on the streets are funny as nobody is on them but the characters! The band is shameful and lame (different vocals on each song) and make Manowar look like they wear suits for a living. This film was not great and very cheesie but with all the nudity and sexual in your window the film was entertaining enough. Drink to Damien!