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Black Roses (1988)

Black Roses (1988)

Country:  USA

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.

MV5BMTIxNzY5MjMwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjk2MTQ1MQ@@__V1_UY268_CR3,0,182,268_AL_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!

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5/10 Beers!

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Country: USA

Director:  Jack Arnold

Main Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Whit Bissell

Storyline:  Scientists search the Amazon River for fossils and awaken the creature from the Black Lagoon. The creature kidnaps one of the scientist’s fiancée Kay and they must track him down to save her.

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Review (Spoils):  Another Universal film and movie monster. This time it is the Gill Man also known as The Creature. I found this film not as great as the others but the film itself is unique and the underwater shots are amazing for its time.  The most classic shot of this is the swimming scene with the beautiful Kay (Julie Adams) where the creature is just beneath her feet. The storyline itself can be a little boring but it opened the door for monster movies in the horror genre. The Gill Man is one of the most recognized monsters from the Universal era.

Rating: This was an ok film not the greatest from the Universal collection but none the less a classic. The monster itself was done by two different people so no credit was made to them but hats off to both Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman for their work.  This is the best of the Gill Man series.

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6/10 Beers!

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