Episode 164: Black Roses (1988)
The time has come, my children. The sacred month of October is once again upon us, and the lure of heavy metal has taken over our teenage minds. We are enslaved by distortion, guyliner and falsetto vocals. We are... BLACK. ROSES. Coincidentally, that's also the name of the film we're discussing this week on HMN, and boy, what a way to kick off Heavy Metal Horror month! We will be discussing a different heavy metal horror movie each week in October, starting with this forgotten low-budget 1988 rockfest, in which the titular band invades a small town and turns the 30-somethings cast as high schoolers into various types of monsters. It's as goofy as it sounds, and there was enough hairspray used on set to pop a second hole in the ozone layer. This month is all about rockin' y'all.
Quote of the Episode:
"That's the key-word right there is film and when I put on the DVD player and the option was PLAY FILM I was like they're being really kind, this is a movie" - Brian
More Heavy Metal Horror Films
We knew there was one film and one film only that could take us through to the end of our month-long Rocktober binge and while it may be daunting, WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE. That's right, it's time to talk about the (in)famously nutty and absurd first film by the writer/director of Black Roses, Jon Fasano - 1987's Jon Mikl Thor vehicle ROCK N ROLL NIGHTMARE! There's hairspray for days, penis monsters left and right, bulging man muscles and every single woman was forced to get topless at least once during the course of the 83 min runtime. Plus some sweet, sweet hair metal and the ultimate battle between good and evil. This one must be seen to be believed, so go watch it and be changed forever, bub, and then join us for an all-out compliment fest for one of the greatest heavy metal horror masterpieces ever made!
When you least expect it, HMN will attack, there'll be hell to pay, we're back! We return to our regularly-scheduled heavy metal horror with some REAL rock and roll gore and one of the scariest VHS covers baby Scott ever saw at the drug store rental section in the 80s, the ridiculous ROCKTOBER BLOOD from 1984 (but looks like it was filmed in 1980). Watch this killer tale of hilarious twin hijinks and laugh to such knee-slappers as a guy smoking meth and a 2-year-old corpse with a perfectly clean, bright red bandana. Oh and a sweet soundtrack by the relatively obscure metal band Sorcery. Up the irons!
Get ready to lay down your souls to the gods rock and roll, cuz this week the guys are discussing 1986’s Trick Or Treat! Watch as the slightly-menacing heavy metal singer Sammi Curr unveils his plot to…do something from beyond the grave (we aren’t quite sure what, really). Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne make their respective appearances, and probably have spent the last 29 years regretting not taking the lead role of this masterpiece. Join us for another installment of Horror Movie Night - if you have ears, ya dildo!