5.4/10
769
21 user 15 critic

Shock 'Em Dead (1991)

Martin is a total loser who makes a deal with the devil to become the greatest rock star in the world.

Director:

Mark Freed
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Directors: Roger Duchowny, Joel Silberg
Stars: Traci Lords, John Vernon, Nick Cassavetes
A Time to Die (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A female photographer teams up with a policeman to try to bring down a corrupt police officer who framed her for drug possession and during her investigation, finds that not everything, or everyone, is what they appear to be.

Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Stars: Traci Lords, Jeff Conaway, Richard Roundtree
Evilspeak (1981)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston
Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese
Demon Wind (1990)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

With the need to investigate the mysterious death of his grandparents, Cory and his friends assemble back to the old farm where it all began, sixty years earlier.

Director: Charles Philip Moore
Stars: Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Rufus Norris
Laser Moon (1993)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

A radio DJ helps two police detectives hunt down a serial killer who kills women using a surgical laser instrument during every full moon and whom makes taunting phone calls the radio station.

Director: Douglas K. Grimm
Stars: Traci Lords, Crystal Shaw Martell, Harrison Le Duke
Intent to Kill (Video 1992)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A young policewoman relentlessly tries to bring down a ruthless drug kingpin whom plots his own agenda for his drug distribution empire.

Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Stars: Traci Lords, Angelo Tiffe, Scott Patterson
The Church (1989)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.

Director: Michele Soavi
Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Tomas Arana, Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
Fade to Black (1980)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.

Director: Vernon Zimmerman
Stars: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1946, a hooded serial killer terrorizes the residents of a small Texas town.

Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells
Homicidal (1961)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich
Raw Nerve (1991)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A race car driver has visions of the victims of a serial killer before their demise and tries to get a skeptic police detective and an ambitious reporter to help him find the killer.

Director: David A. Prior
Stars: Glenn Ford, Sandahl Bergman, Randall 'Tex' Cobb
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »

Director: William Castle
Stars: Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Traci Lords ... Lindsay Roberts
Troy Donahue ... Record Exec
Aldo Ray ... Tony
Stephen Quadros ... Angel Martin
Tim Moffett Tim Moffett ... Greg
Markus Grupa Markus Grupa ... Jonny
Karen Russell ... Michelle
Gina Parks Gina Parks ... Marilyn
Laurel Wiley ... Monique
Tyger Sodipe Tyger Sodipe ... Voodoo Woman
Christopher Maleki ... Dustin
David Homb David Homb ... Izzy
Madison Monk Madison Monk ... Jimmi Wolf
Yankee Sulivan Yankee Sulivan ... Trailer Manager
Barne Subaski Barne Subaski ... Record Executive #2
Edit

Storyline

Martin is a total loser, who nobody cares for. When he fails to get a position as guitar player in Lindsay's band and loses his job on the way, he makes a deal with a Voodoo priestess. She promises him the fulfillment of all his dreams if he swears obedience to her. He becomes a rock star and has many women - but to stay alive, he has to kill other people. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For the girl of his dreams, he'd make a deal with the devil.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock 'em Dead See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Noma Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Linda Blair was initially considered to play Lindsay Roberts. See more »

Quotes

Trailer Manager: I want you out! Now! Tonight! I let you live here, you're six months behind on rent and now you drive me and everyone else crazy with that damn guitar playing of yours!
Angel Martin: Someday I'm gonna be so famous that people are gonna stand in line to hear my play!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Purple Haze
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Sung by Markus Grupa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surprised the heck out of me.
8 December 2006 | by superlightweightSee all my reviews

At first when I got this one I browsed through it briefly and put it back on my shelf. The super-low production values and crappy cast made me think it was going to be absolutely horrible.

When I finally viewed the movie it really put my expectations to shame. Yes, the production value is nothing to brag about, but the actors actually pull it off. Everyone is at least tolerable, and some can actually act a little bit. A lot of the acting works simply because the timing is alright.

This is true of the cutting and screenplay as well. The pacing is right there. No need to trim anything with the fast forward button. The story moves forward constantly with a great imaginative script full of well defined characters in good scenes. The scenery and cheesy rock'n'roll wardrobe and hairstyles are great as well. Most of the effects are crappy, but they are used well all the same. Some are up to the standards of a few years earlier, some to standards of many years back...

With a proper budget this would have been a big hit, for sure. The worst part of the movie is actually the misleading cover. Traci Lords is far from being the star of this one, there's at least three girls and a whole bunch of guys with more interesting roles, and the title has nothing to do with anything.

At the time of writing this movie has a rating of 3.8 on IMDb which is certainly lower than it deserves. I would have given it a 7 if the production and effects had been better. A job well done!


67 of 69 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed