Ok I have to preface this with saying that I did NOT know what I was in for with Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare, and it turned out that was a very good thing. So if you don't want to know anything else, just be aware that this movie starts off as a seemingly cliche cheesy horror movie but then it has this magical ending. MAGICAL. The story is generally concerned with rockers Triton and their supportive ladies/wives, who all take refuge in a remote Canadian farmhouse to record their next album. But uh oh, turns out the house is haunted by a variety of demons, who can take the form of their victims and seem to be as hungry as they are sexually frustrated. Will the band make it through the recording session?
Starting off as a laughably stereotypical slasher movie, what the film lacks in acting, pacing, and dialogue it makes up for tremendously with gratuitous sex scenes and bodacious hair metal. At various intervals little demons pop up and wreak havoc, and it's kind of hilarious and kind of super gross at the same time, and I actually really appreciated the creature effects just because I generally dig prosthetics and puppetry over CGI. Screenwriter/star Jon Mikl Thor (a bodybuilder turned rock star turned actor/producer turned jack-of-all-trades) leads a gang of big-haired, fun-loving ditzes who just want to hang out and have sex and rock on, with some couples happily married and another just forming a surprisingly cute romance. The script is light, throwing in some pro-Canada commentary and some goofy jokes and Terminator references, until there's this wacky curveball towards the end. Like, seriously, I did NOT see that coming. I know saying there's a twist ending is a spoiler in itself but well I can't help but comment on it. Because it's FUCKING AWESOME. The ending of this movie is crazy enough to completely redeem the so-so first two-thirds of the film, both blowing the preceding events out of the water and somewhat explaining their vibe.
I don't have much more to say except that Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare is everything I thought it would be and more, and even though I started to get a bit bored halfway through it was all worth it!
Pair This Movie With: A few films sprang to mind with this one. The 80s cheese and rock band protagonists made me think of Miami Connection, while the creature effects and horror/comedy elements had me thinking of Evil Dead. BUT really I think the best pairing might be The Cabin in the Woods because they both deal unexpectedly with horror stereotypes.