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Rocktober Blood (1984)

R | | Horror, Music
A crazed rock singer returns from the dead to murder members of his former band.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tray Loren ...
Billy "Eye" Harper / John Harper
Donna Scoggins ...
Lynn Starling
Cana Cockrell ...
Honey Bear
Renee Hubbard ...
Donna Lewis
Ben Sebastian ...
Head of Security
Nigel Benjamin ...
Chris Keane / Billy Harper (singing voice)
Tony Rista ...
Tony Leland
David Mables ...
TV Announcer
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Dancer at Party
Scott Fisher ...
Security Guard
Kevin Eddy ...
Recording Engineer
Mary Well ...
Asst. Engineer
Perry Morris ...
Headmistress Band - Drums
Richie King ...
Headmistress Band - Bass (as Rich King)
Smokey Huff ...
Headmistress Band - Guitar (as Richard Taylor)
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This horror movie begins with rock star Billy Eye (Tray Loren) losing his sanity and killing his colleagues at a recording studio. Billy is tried, found guilty and executed. The woman who testified against him at his murder trial is a successful singer with a group called Rocktober Blood. Two years have gone by, and just when she thinks the horror of the murder case is dead and buried, someone that looks a lot like Billy starts to terrorize her. Written by Ørnås

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He's back from the dead with a message from hell!

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Banned in the Australian state of Queensland until the early-'90s when the Queensland Censorship Board was disbanded. See more »

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Featured in Film House Fever (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

High School Boys
Written by Susie Rose Major, Paul Bennett
Performed by Facedown (Paul Bennett, Susie Rose Major, Michael Zionch, Barry Brandt)
Published by: SIR (BMI)
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Fair humdinger of a heavy metal horror howler
9 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Though metallers from the very start of the genre have been tripping down the horror/occult route, it took till the 80's for film makers to have enough balls to mix the two. And thus we have this film, which will have some cheering, many booing and a fair few just gently drifting off to sleep in between its bookends of brain fried awesomeness. The film follows Lyn, backing singer for some undistinguished but catchy hair metal chuggers, whose singer wigs out and gets kill happy, a couple on screen before he exits in pursuit of a security guard and two years pass with him. Oh yeah and he gets a bit slicey on Lyn, so she's none too pleased by the whole affair, especially since he's kind of a douche anyway. Anyways, two years later and Lyn is fronting the band, murderous previous lead Billy Eye got the chair and all is groovy as they practise for the upcoming Rocktober Blood tour. But wait a minute folks, all isn't groovy, because someone is taunting Lyn and she's pretty convinced Billy is back for a spot of the old grisly vengeance. Technically this should be where the film gets really righteous but instead it calms down a little too much, Lyn goes off to a lakeside retreat, we gotta cheesy workout scene, some stalking, a little death, but the film is pretty much just shuffling its cards. A few wacko moments and the bands manager gets some chuckles, being a staunch and sensible English guy, but its pretty much just building up to its climax. And oh baby what a climax, the final ten minutes is a veritable blizzard of brilliance, we get a big style musical performance, 80's rockers Sorcery are performing the tunes and we get three of 'em, all pretty catchy and mixed in with the rockingest kind of idiot slasher fun imaginable. Well, the actual slashing don't rock so much as the rocking presentation, but it still rocks, which is the main thing. After all, when a film rocks it avoids sucking, a film cannot rock and suck at the same time because that would be a logical contradiction. Everything ends on a literal high note and the crowd goes wild, as encore worthy a send off as ever there was. As far as acting goes (as if it really matters) Donna Scoggins is a capable enough lead, Trey Loren is a hysterical villain and Nigel Benjamin is good value as band manager Chris. Not like the acting is actually good, but it has enough of a pop to it to be good fun. Altogether this is far from great but I still liked it. Husband and wife team Beverly and Ferd Sebastian handled it, they tend to be better known for earlier exploiters like Gator Bait and others, none of which I've actually seen. A fair number of the good exploit hitters took a swing at the slasher genre during the 80's, with Doris Wishmans mind warping gem A Night To Dismember being one of the most notable, but Rocktober Blood is sadly a bit restrained and though goofy in extremis a bit lacking in tits and gore goodies that would have bumped it up into greatness. For silly slasher fans this is still a pleasant slice of idiocy, it just sags a bit in the middle. Completists only need apply, but if like me you just have to see all available 80's slasher trash this is capable stuff, so dig in if it sounds like you're sorta thing I say.


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