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Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)

R | | Horror, Music | 1988 (Greece)
At an old farmhouse, a family mysteriously dissapears at the hands of evil. Years later, hair metal band The Tritons comes to the farmhouse, whose barn now features a 24-track recording ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Mikl Thor ...
John Triton
Jillian Peri ...
Lou Anne
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Roger Eburt
David Lane ...
Max
Teresa Simpson ...
Randy
Adam Fried
Denise Dicandia ...
Dee Dee
Jesse D'Angelo ...
Little Boy
Rusty Hamilton ...
Seductress
Cindy Cirile ...
Mother (as Clara Pater)
Chris Finkel ...
Father
Liane Abel Dietz ...
Mary Eburt (as Liane Abel)
Jim Cirile ...
Stig
Gene Kroth ...
Karl
Carrie Schiffler ...
Cindy Connelly
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At an old farmhouse, a family mysteriously dissapears at the hands of evil. Years later, hair metal band The Tritons comes to the farmhouse, whose barn now features a 24-track recording studio. Lead singer John Triton gets the band to perform their first night in the farmhouse after dinner, and weird little beasties suddenly appear, and strange things start to happen. Band members (and their tag along girlfriends) begin to act strangely and vanish one by one. Soon, only John Triton remains, and he holds a secret. Finally, the evil shows itself and a battle between heaven and hell ensues.... Written by Chris Rutkowski <rcd1215@mail.purduenc.edu>

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When the band starts to Rock... heads start to Roll! See more »

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$53,000 (estimated)
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The film came in 10 minutes short of its required running time. So director John Fasano and star John Mikl-Thor filmed sequences of John Triton driving the band in the van to the farm. Hence, the prolonged opening shots of the van driving to the farm. See more »

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When John searches downstairs, he's wearing stage make-up and his silver jacket. When he goes upstairs, he's clean-faced and wearing a sweater. Then when he goes back downstairs, he's wearing the make-up and jacket again. See more »

Quotes

John Triton: [nonchalantly facing the demon] You're wasting my time, Bub.
Demon: This is incredible! It is almost no fun to kill one so stupid as to not know who it is that slays him. You are in my domain, and I will kill you as I have killed your pitiful friends.
John Triton: Ah, you killed no one, Bub.
Demon: What?
John Triton: Or is it less familiar to call you Beelzebub?
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References Act of Vengeance (1974) See more »

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The best bad movie ever made!!!
11 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You all may say what you will about this movie, but I was there making it, and I'll always love it... I'm Jesse D'Angelo, the actor who played the young boy in this magnum opus. I acted in several low budget horror films in the 80's, and this is my favorite. But it's not for everyone. So many people on here just trash it, writing really nasty reviews, saying everyone involved was an amateur, nobody ever went on to do anything again... Well let me correct this misinterpretation.

First of all, this movie was shot in seven days with a budget of only 50 thousand dollars. Okay? You make a better movie with that much time and money. Second, everybody was an amateur back then. For the money we had, we couldn't afford anyone who knew what they were doing, decent props, monsters, etc. This was basically a glorified student film or home movie. And that is part of its appeal. The fact that it was made for no money by a bunch of amateurs, all working their asses off.

Also, many people from that movie have gone on to prosperous careers, despite the claims of one reviewer. John Fasano has continued to work as a writer, producer and director. You may recognize some of his credits: "Another 48 Hours," "Alien 3," "Tombstone" and many more. Frank Dietz did more work as an actor, independent filmmaker and as an artist for Disney. Felicia Fasano is now a top casting agent in Los Angeles. Cindy Sorrell (really Cindy Cirile) is an accomplished writer and historian. And then there's me. I storyboarded "Sky Captain and the world of Tomorrow," "Darkness Falls," "Mini's First Time," and many TV shows, commercials and music videos. I'm also an aspiring writer/director... So when I hear people say that we were just a bunch of amateurs who didn't do anything afterword, I take offense.

We were amateurs, but what sets this film apart from many bad movies is that we were amateurs with talent and skill. We hadn't developed it yet, but it was there inside of us. Watching the movie, you can tell it's made by people who love this kind of movie, that it took real ingenuity, hard work, and most important that it was fun to make. This vibe of family and fun I think seeps into the final film, giving it its charm... So appreciate it for what it is. Sit back with some friends, put on "Rock n' Roll Nightmare" and enjoy a night of fun and laughter.


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