Alice Cooper plays Steven, a character from his album Welcome to My Nightmare, who encounters a surreal dream fantasy, guided by the spirit of the nightmare, Vincent Price. Written by
The Alice Cooper band was under contract with Warner Bros. records when frontman Alice Cooper decided to pursue a solo career. To sidestep contractual obligations they shot "The Nightmare" and issued the LP "Welcome to My Nightmare" on the company's Atlantic Records subsidiary as the soundtrack from the TV special. See more »
Alice Cooper is one of the greatest rockers of all time, and is probably the penultimate theatrical shock-rocker legend. I rented this in middle school and thought it was so kickass. It's always neat when somebody takes a handful of songs and makes a trippy horror movie out of them, as is the case here. Some of the songs showcased are among the best of Alice, but some of them were (even in my opinion) some of his lesser musical moments. At the same time, one of the great things about "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" is how what becomes musically weak at times remains visually strong throughout. Vincent Price is one of the greatest actors associated with horror, so it would make sense to have him introduce Alice Cooper's classic horror rock, and it all amounts to a fun, freaky blast that I would highly recommend to all the weirdos out there... like me!
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