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Black Roses (1988)

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Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.

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Matthew Moorhouse
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Sal Viviano ...
Damian
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Johnny Pratt / Demon Guitarist
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Priscilla Farnsworth
Carmine Appice ...
Tony Bua ...
Tony Ames (as Athony C. Bua)
Karen Planden ...
David Crichton ...
Mr. Miller (as Dave Crichton)
Jesse D'Angelo ...
Keith Miller ...
Dr. Marshall (as Kieth Miller)
Paul Kelman ...
Julie's Step-dad
Robin Stewart ...
Patricia Strelioff ...
Janey Miller (as Pat Strelioff)
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Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.

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September 1988 (Japan)  »

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Matt Moorhouse: I'm here to see your father, is he in?
Miss Priscilla Farnsworth: No. No, he's not here. Did you and daddy have a date?
Matt Moorhouse: Come off it Pricilla, I am not in the mood. I need to talk to someone.
Miss Priscilla Farnsworth: What about me?
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References Golden Needles (1974) See more »

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Paradise (Were On Our Way)
Written by Appice, Free, Solomon, Sweda, Woltman and Wright
Performed by Black Roses
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Goofy 80s Demonic Rocker flick
8 October 2007 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

Famous glam rock band The Black Roses is booked to play their first (?) live shows at its hometown local high school. While all the teens are stoked that their favorite band chose their sleepy small town for their first ever live concert, the parents are less than enthused with The Black Roses and their seemingly demonic lead singer Damien. The teachers and mayor stick by "Free speech" while the parents protest. When the band shows up for the show, the PTA and other authoritative adults attend only to find a Michael Bolton type in a Don Johnson suit singing power ballads. They shrug their shoulders at this harmless lite-rocker and bolt for the exit. That's when Damien strips down to a kinkier outfit (think Cher in "If I Could Turn Back Time) and The Black Roses crank out the hard rock. The kids in the crowd go wild. When the band stays in town to do more three more shows, the kids' become increasingly zombie-like and violent. Their English teacher starts to think that maybe the PTA was right and the kids are becoming possessed by Leotarded Damien and his rocknroll.

John Fasano's follow up to his bizarrely awful "Rock & Roll Nightmare" doesn't fare that much better story-wise, but it's still sort of charming. It lacks the interesting visuals and characters of its predecessor, but makes up for that by adding more puppet-monster action. Nothing happens in the first half hour of the film, which has a really strange feeling, like it's a musical from the 50s instead of an 80s rocker movie. There's even a sequence where the bored lead teenager is trying to woo a girl by dancing around the street, from lamppost to lamppost, saying things like "Let's paint the town red!" The score is equally out-of-place for a movie about a demonic glam rock band. It sounds like something out of an 80s children's adventure movie. The special effects and puppetry are charming and one of the only things that kept my attention. Especially worth noting is a scene where future Soprano's star Vincent Pastore gets gobbled up by his stereo speakers. So while "Black Roses" isn't completely unwatchable, it isn't really a good movie and recommended for only those who really dig this type of thing.


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