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Slaughterhouse Rock (1988)

A man visits Alcatraz prison after having dreams about all the people who died there. When he gets there, his brother is possessed by an evil cannibal demon. The ghost of a female heavy ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Basil ... Sammy Mitchell
Nicholas Celozzi ... Alex Gardner
Tom Reilly Tom Reilly ... Richard Gardner
Donna Denton Donna Denton ... Carolyn Harding
Hope Marie Carlton ... Krista Halpern
Tammy Hyler ... Jan Squire (as Tamara Hyler)
Steven Brian Smith Steven Brian Smith ... Jack
Ty Miller ... Marty
Al Fleming ... The Commandant & Monster
Michael J. Scherlis Michael J. Scherlis ... Tour Guide
Danny Somrack Danny Somrack ... Dead Guard
Lenka Novak ... Commandant's Lady
Julie Rhodes Julie Rhodes ... Commandant's Lady
Richard Hench ... Biff - The Band
Charles P. Bernuth Charles P. Bernuth ... Skip (The Band)


A man visits Alcatraz prison after having dreams about all the people who died there. When he gets there, his brother is possessed by an evil cannibal demon. The ghost of a female heavy metal singer who was killed there tries to help the man fight the monster. Written by Anonymous

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Alcatraz. For 39 years it held society's most depraved killers. Now it's home to something even worse...


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Island See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arista Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Only four days of exterior shooting were done on Alcatraz. All the interiors for this movie were shot at a studio in Culver City. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


The Only One
Written by Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by Devo
Sung by Toni Basil
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No Logic, Weird But Hey, There's Gore!
5 April 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Slaughterhouse Rock (1988)

** (out of 4)

Alex Gardner (Nicholas Celozzi) is suffering from non-stop nightmares where he sees himself being ripped apart by demons. He and five friends end up visiting Alcatraz and sure enough he begins to see things that make him think his dreams were warning him of something.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK is a rather strange film to say the least. If you take it too literal then you're head will probably pop off. If you don't take it too serious then you're going to be basically watching something that seems to have been influenced by Lamberto Bava's DEMONS but without any sort of logic. I'm really not sure what the producers were trying to do with this picture but it's certainly one of the craziest out there and did I mention the soundtrack was done by DEVO?

As far as the film goes, it really doesn't make any sense. I've read countless reviews where people talk about the plot but who knows what's really going on. I say that because the first thirty-minutes are full of scenes that turn out to be dream sequences and even when the kids get to the island there's really not much of a clue as to what's going on. Before you know it the dreams turn into a reality and we get some blood and gore.

This here was released after the genre was pretty much on life support but I give the filmmakers credit for delivering not only the nudity but also the gore. There are some pretty gory scenes to be had here including several where people are either ripped open or have their throats torn open. The practical effects actually look very good as does the make-up design on the demons. Is all of these stuff and the rock music as good as DEMONS? No way.

Again, if you're wanting logic and brains in your horror movies then it's best that you stay far away from this one. There's no question that this here is a highly flawed movie but at the same time it has an approach that at least shows the filmmakers were wanting to deliver something horror fans would like.

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