THE EDGE OF HELL
RocknRoll Nightmare is a film that promptly plunges down into hilariously bad movie stakes from about the opening scene where a still-screaming roasted skeleton pops out of an oven. In the subsequent scene, an overly long one with Thors panel band driving through the countryside and approaching the farmhouse, there is something laughable to the soundtrack, which ineptly mixes a rock song whenever the van is there and standard scary music in the cuts away to the house. Crucially, whoever was in charge of sound-editing spectacularly fails to mix the two together resulting instead in two pieces of music playing at the same time.
Jon-Mikl Thor has a handsome face, although is not much of an actor. (All of the others in the cast appear to be non-professionals as well). The one thing that is very noticeable is that Thor takes every opportunity to display his physique. In every scene, he is showing off his gorgeous tangle of golden hair or has his shirt art artfully open to the waist to highlight his impressively buffed pecs.
Unfortunately, it is the horror aspect that causes RocknRoll Nightmare to collapses into the completely ridiculous. The film has some of the most cheap and unconvincing makeup and puppet work of any film of the 1980s. Towards the end, we get a variety of these absurd creature effects a plate of leftovers in the fridge moving; a one-eyed puppet creature that you cannot help but think resembles a penis; a lizard-like Devil figure that is incredibly immobile; even a puppet that sits and smokes cigarettes. Even funnier is the end revelation [PLOT SPOILERS] that the lizard figure is The Devil, while Jon-Mikl Thor reveals that there was no band, he created them all out of his own head, and that he is in fact an angel called The Intercessor. Then with he suddenly appearing with bare chest, wildly bouffed hair, cape and studded jockstrap, he takes on and fights the Devil, a badly choreographed fight with the immobile lizard puppet, that takes place while a song pounds on the soundtrack. His eyes are lit up and fire beams but the animated opticals are so badly patched in they fail to even sit in the same place on the screen as his eyes. It all arrives at a dream ending that fails to make sense.
Jon-Mikl Thor later appeared in a sequel Intercessor: Another RocknRoll Nightmare (2005).
John Fasano went on to direct another heavy metal horror film with Black Roses (1988) and the vampire film The Jitters (1989). He did direct Jon-Mikl Thor in two other films, both non-genre, Murder at the Presidio (2005) and A Family Lost (2007). Fasano has written the scripts for a number of other genre works including the tv movie The Hunchback (1997), Universal Soldier: The Return (1999), Megiddo (2001) and Darkness Falls (2003), as well as created the zombie tv series Woke Up Dead (2009).
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