A young vampire cannot lose his virginity because of a curse imposed upon him centuries ago.


Luca Bercovici





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Cameron ... Ralph
Toni Basil ... Phoebe
Thomas Dolby ... Stanley
Tawny Fere' Ellis ... Mona (as Tawny Feré)
Susan Tyrrell ... Chuck the Bartender
Bo Diddley ... Axman
Kevin Hunter ... Drunk
Nancye Ferguson Nancye Ferguson ... Robin
Rick Zumwalt ... Boom Boom
Tamara De Treaux Tamara De Treaux ... Bat Dork (as Tamara DeTreaux)
Tony Cox ... Big Al
Greg Rusin Greg Rusin ... Elmo
Bill Brochtrup ... Roadie (as William Brochtrup)
Dean Minerd Dean Minerd ... Roadie
Sloan Fischer Sloan Fischer ... Cigar Man


Rockula is about a male vampire who lost his lady love centuries ago. She was killed by a pirate with a rhinestone peg leg, wielding a large ham bone. Our hero, the vampire, did nothing to save her. So he is now cursed to watch her be born again in another life, and then watch her die, strangely enough by a pirate with a rhinestone peg leg, wielding you-know-what. Now, in 1990, he has, he suspects, his last chance to try to save her instead of watching get clubbed over and over again down through the years. Oh, and he becomes a rock star in the process. Written by Shannon Quesnel <sa_quesnel@venus.cambrianc.on.ca>

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Rock'n'roll comedy with a bite! See more »


Comedy | Horror | Musical


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Stanley (Thomas Dolby) and his date arrive at Club Hell in what very much looks like the original Munster's Koach. See more »


Ralph: If it wasn't for Red Cross donations, this vampire would die!
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References The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »


Performed by Toni Basil
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80s nostalgia value and likable cast boost a routine romcom (with vampires)
13 November 2018 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

From writer/director Luca Bercovici, the man behind "Ghoulies" and "The Granny," comes another oddball horror/comedy. Dean Cameron, best remembered from the underrated 80s teen comedy "Summer School" as Chainsaw, plays an ancient vampire cursed to watch his lady love be reborn and then killed again and again every hundred years. This curse happened after Cameron stood by and did nothing the first time she was killed. Now in modern day 1990, Cameron has determined this time around is his last chance to save her. In order to gain her trust, he decides he must first become a rock star (perfect sense, right?). Rockula is then born, becoming a wildly popular act, and he then goes on to battle with the forces of evil, which includes sleazy businessman (and real-life 80s rocker) Thomas "She Blinded Me With Science" Dolby. The story is dumb and predictable, but then again, what romcom isn't? The film is greatly helped by it's likable cast, which besides a solid performance from Cameron includes mostly a likable cast of unknowns who all do quite well, but also small supporting parts for Toni Basil, Bo Diddley, Susan Tyrell, and future musical choreographer and director Adam Shankman playing a driver. It also helps that watching the film now provides quite a bit of late 80s nostalgia, which always goes a long way for me. I'd probably have been harder on this film back in the day, but now it's 80s hair, music, and fashion are all quite entertaining in and of themselves. Overall, "Rockula" is far from being a classic 80s musical or romcom, but it's watchable and makes no pretensions of taking itself too seriously. FUN FACT: This film was the second feature film by cinematographer John Schwartzman (half-brother to Jason Schwartzman, stepson of Talia Shire, and nephew of Francis Ford Coppola), who'd later go on to earn an Oscar nomination and work on major films such as "Jurassic World," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Rock," and "Seabiscuit."

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Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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