Horror Movie Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987)

A bit of a cult classic, most probably won’t understand why until the final 15 minutes. When we reach that point, good god does Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare come into its own. It’s outrageously silly, so much so that it’s hard not to love every minute of it. This is a great example of a ‘so bad, it’s good’ horror movie.

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The story surrounds the heavy metal band, Triton led by their striking frontman and singer, John Triton (Jon Mikl Thor). They have rented out a quiet farmhouse planning to knuckle down and write some new music but something evil is afoot.

It’s not long before the band and crew are being killed by supernatural creatures made up of effects so bad, you’ll double take. Seriously, some are obviously just sock puppets and not even well done sock puppets. It’s hilariously bad but not what makes this a movie worth watching.

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No, what makes this movie worth watching is the big reveal that John Triton is actually the Archangel Triton. His band doesn’t even exist, just things he conjured up to lure his nemesis out. Who is the Archangel Triton’s nemesis? Only bloody Satan himself!

Will the Archangel Triton, his gorgeous head of hair and studded leather codpiece be able to defeat the ultimate evil?

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It doesn’t sound real does it? Well, it is and it has to be seen to be believed.

It’s not a good movie by any conventional sense. It looks like crap, has some amusingly bad acting, horrid dialogue and eye-wateringly bad effects but…

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The latter part is so insane that it’s impossible to not have fun watching it. The slow and uninspired slasher first half is completely forgotten in favour of the sight of a near naked Archangel Triton grunting and grappling with the worst looking Satan ever.

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Grab a few friends, grab a few beers and enjoy Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare. You won’t regret it.

Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
  • The Final Score - 5/10
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