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Black Roses -- The sleepy little town of Mill Basin is about to get more than it bargained for. The satanic heavy metal rock band "Black Roses" is coming through to raise hell... literally! After making a deal with the Devil himself, the band's music demonically possesses the kids in the audience, turning them into blood-thirsty demons.


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Release Date:
September 1988 (Japan) See more »
Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Martin ... Matthew Moorhouse

Ken Swofford ... Mayor Farnsworth
Sal Viviano ... Damian

Julie Adams ... Mrs. Miller

Frank Dietz ... Johnny Pratt / Demon Guitarist

Carla Ferrigno ... Priscilla Farnsworth
Carmine Appice ... Vinny Apache
Tony Bua ... Tony Ames (as Athony C. Bua)
Karen Planden ... Julie Windham
David Crichton ... Mr. Miller (as Dave Crichton)
Jesse D'Angelo ... Jason Miller
Keith Miller ... Dr. Marshall (as Kieth Miller)
Paul Kelman ... Julie's Step-dad
Robin Stewart ... Tina
Patricia Strelioff ... Janey Miller (as Pat Strelioff)
Margaret Groome ... Mrs. Sullivan

Vincent Pastore ... Tony's Dad

Jason Logan ... Mr. Pratt (as Jason Harris)
Paul Phenomenon ... Black Roses Keyboardist
Ron Mazza ... Black Roses Guitarist
Glenn Deveau ... Demon Bassist
Chester Nakelski ... Demon Drummer
Peter Bontje ... Flunkie
Frank Thompson ... Official
Dave Roberts ... Usher
Skip Snelgrove ... Cop #1
Dennis Woods ... Cop #2

James Slade ... Minion (as James 'Big Jim' Slade)
Debbie Noonan ... Minion
Heather LaPointe ... Minion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Gruma ... Minion
Lonnie Oliver ... Minion
James Rocchi ... Biff

Directed by
John Fasano 
Writing credits
Cindy Cirile (screenplay) (as Cindy Sorrell)

Produced by
John Fasano .... producer
Jerry Landesman .... associate producer
Leonard Shapiro .... executive producer
Original Music by
Elliot Solomon 
Cinematography by
Paul Mitchnick 
Film Editing by
John Fasano 
James Ruxin 
Ray Van Doorn 
Makeup Department
Felicia Fasano .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank K. Isaac .... executive in charge of production (as Frank Isaac)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan Levine .... first assistant director
Special Effects by
Richard Alonzo .... creature effects
Tony Bua .... creature effects
John Dods .... mechanical corpse effects
Arnold Gargiulo .... creature effects (as Arnold Gargiulo Jr.)
Michael Maddi .... creature effects
Dean Mercil .... special effects technician
Dan Platt .... creature effects
Roger G. Brown .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
David Niven .... assistant camera
Craig Richards .... gaffer (as Craig W. Richards)
Editorial Department
Larry Engelmann .... final colorist
Robb Wright .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Geoffrey Teabo .... production assistant
John Fasano .... special thanks
Mary Fasano .... special thanks
James Glickenhaus .... special thanks
Dick Smith .... special thanks

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90 min
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The VHS version of the file was released with a textured cover.See more »
Julie's Stepdad:Mmmmmm, you really know how to take care of your old step-dad don't you?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Lipps & McCain (1978)See more »
Me Against The WorldSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Underrated movie, 12 June 2013
Author: Jacob Boeve

I think this movie is really underrated. Sure, it might be a little cheesy and it's not the most amazing film of all time, but it is enjoyable. The plot isn't waterproof, but the acting is alright. I'm not gonna say that much about the plot, because there's not that much to say about it.

It's a movie about a demonic rock band and it's just that. It doesn't have huge effects, but it doesn't need that. In fact, great effects would ruin it. You might think it's kinda stupid, but this movie was surprisingly fun. I do recommend it if you like movies like Suck: Vampires Rock with some cheesiness like Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

It's a fun, enjoyable movie for what it is, but don't expect a movie that would win an Oscar. It's definitely not the best movie from '88, but it has nice music and a pretty fun concept.

I recommend this movie, especially if you're bored and if you enjoy this kind of movie. 7/10.

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