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Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
     

Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare

Director: John Fasano

Cast: Jon Mikl Thor, Jillian Peri, Frank Dietz

 
It was a long time coming, but Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare finally hit DVD thanks to Synapse Films! Jon Mikl Thor's opus can now be appreciated for all of the brilliantly cheesy schlock that it is for the masses that haven't already been indoctrinated into its hardcore fan base. Incredibly, this special edition is packed

Overview

It was a long time coming, but Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare finally hit DVD thanks to Synapse Films! Jon Mikl Thor's opus can now be appreciated for all of the brilliantly cheesy schlock that it is for the masses that haven't already been indoctrinated into its hardcore fan base. Incredibly, this special edition is packed with new exclusive extras that shed more light on the production, while presenting the film in such a pristine way that was once never believed possible. Accompanying the incredible high-definition widescreen transfer is a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that pumps out the jams in surround mode or for those completists out there, the original 2.0 mono track is included as well. Features-wise, the fun starts with a candid audio commentary from Thor and director John Fasano, both of whom have a good time as they recount stories of the rushed production (which was apparently filmed in ten days). On top of that, there's an interview special with Thor as he reminisces on his career and the way that the film has continued to affect it, as well as rare behind-the-scenes footage of the filming and make-up portions of the picture. Two music videos are also on tap, plus in-depth liner notes and a brand-new intro and afterward to the film provided by Thor make this a must-have purchase for the film's devoted audience that have long worn out their VHS copies of the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Rock fans who kept an ear to the heavy metal underground in the early 80s might remember a band called Thor, a sturdy group of Vikings whose simple sword-n-sorcery riffs were forever overshadowed by the legendary feats of strength performed onstage by their leader and namesake, singer Jon-Mikl Thor. This bodybuilding he-man was known for bending steel rods with his teeth and blowing up hot water bottles with the mighty power of his lungs, all while clad in skimpy chainmail duds and brandishing the occasional sword or mace. While there's always a select audience for this kind of macho bombast, the big hits were not forthcoming, and Jon-Mikl Thor expanded his horizons by exploring the film industry. Written, produced and starring the Canadian muscle-man, Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare is his baby all the way, with plenty of excuses for him to show off his rock chops, flex heroically, and even make it with a naked lady in a shower. Directed by future big budget screenwriter John Fasano (Another 48 Hours, Darkness Falls), this demonic slasher tale is as cheap as they come, with puppets and marionettes as "special effects" and a cast of friends and family members smirking their way through boneheaded dialogue. Giant plot holes, extraneous characters and continuity mishaps are prevalent, and the generous helping of dated hair-metal fashions make the film either insufferable or hilarious, depending on one's tastes. What allows Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare to achieve a certain transcendence is an inspired twist ending which explains away the cliched characters and botched logic of the previous 75 minutes with one simple, ridiculous stroke. Headbangers with an appreciation for clumsy gore will enjoy Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare, and anyone who still believes that heavy metal is the devil's music will be in for a big surprise.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
UPC:
0654930305591
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Synapse Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
32,755

Special Features

Audio commentary from director John Fasano and Heavy Metal Icon and Star, Jon-Mikl Thor; Revelations of a Rock 'N' Roll Warrior - The life and history of Jon-Mikl Thor featurette; Creating a child-wolf - behind-the-scenes make-up featurette; Rock 'N' Shock memories -- Rare footage from the set of Rock 'N' Roll Nightmare; Music videos for "Energy" and "We Live to Rock"; Liner notes by Ian Jane; New video introduction and afterword by Jon-Mikl Thor

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Mikl Thor John Triton
Jillian Peri Lou Anne
Frank Dietz Roger Eburt
David Lane max
Teresa Simpson Randy
Adam Fried Actor
Denise Dicandia Dee Dee
Liane Abel Mary Eburt
Jim Cirile Stig
Gene Kroth Karl
Jesse D'Angelo Little Boy
Rusty Hamilton Seductress
Nancy Bush Groupie
Layra Daans Groupie
Chris Finkel Father
Paula Francescatto Actor
Tralle O'Farrell Groupie
Clara Pater Mother
Carrie Schiffler Cindy Connelly

Technical Credits
John Fasano Director,Special Effects
David Aplin Songwriter
Frank Boehm Songwriter
Anthony Bua Special Effects
Jim Cirile Special Effects
Robert Connelly Production Manager
Thomas Dicandia Songwriter
Frank Dietz Special Effects
Mike Dolgy Associate Producer
Arnold Gargiulo Makeup Special Effects
John Gibson Special Effects
Jerry Landesman Executive Producer
Mark MacKay Cinematographer
Rok Manonoff Songwriter
Peppi Marchello Songwriter
Vincent Modica Special Effects
Steve Price Songwriter
Stephen Scott Songwriter
Wolfgang Siebert Art Director
Elliot Solomon Songwriter
Cindy Sorrell Asst. Director
Jon Mikl Thor Songwriter,Producer,Screenwriter
John Tonin Songwriter
Ray van Doorn Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Williams Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rock 'N' Roll Nightmare
1. Breakfast Is Ready [5:03]
2. On the Road [8:26]
3. Home Sweet Home [3:03]
4. A Toast [3:24]
5. Rehearsal [4:48]
6. The Finer Things [4:46]
7. Bedroom Visitor [5:31]
8. Rare Form [4:08]
9. Resourceful Fans [4:44]
10. Rock & Roll [5:31]
11. Walk in the Woods [5:52]
12. Scrub-A-Dub-Qub [3:42]
13. Little Boy? [:13]
14. Crazy Talk [6:39]
15. Arch Angel [5:34]
16. Angel Avenger [2:32]

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