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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.


Mark Freed




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


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>

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


Horror | Thriller | Music


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The Mercedes Benz belonged to director Mark Freed. See more »


Record Executive #1: Hey, we gotta sign that guy- I haven't seen anyone like him since uh... uh, what's his name bit that bat's head off
Record Executive #2: yeah, what WAS his name?
Record Executive #1: ...what's his name
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Get a Band
Written by Mark Freed and Robert Decker
Sung by Rick Livingstone
1990 Noma Productions
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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!

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Release Date:

31 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock 'em Dead See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Noma Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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