Plot Synopsis: Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.
Ahh the 80's, a time of horrible hairband music, ugly cloths, and
very cool straight to video movies. Black Roses is one of those
films. In all actuality this film should suck. But it's really
good. I first saw it on the old USA Up All Night show. I then went
out and bought the cool VHS tape with the 3D cover. Then a few years back
Synapse Pictures released a gorgeous DVD transfer.
Black Roses centers on a Heavy metal band named Black
Roses. Their lead singer is Damion. A typical 80's glam metal
band. By typical I mean crap. big hair, sissy vocals, Spinal Tap
reject back up players, ugly outfits, the whole nine yards. Well there music
turns people into zombies, or something like that. They go to a sleepy
town to put on a series of shows at the local high school. The kids are
all normal, they even look up to a cool teacher. We know he's cool
because he has a Tom Selleck mustache, and wears jeans to school with his zip
up hoodie. At first the parents, and school board don't want
the band playing there, as heavy metal music is evil. That was a huge
taboo around this time. But when they go to check out the bands first
show they see Damion, the singer is dressed nice, and singing slow love
music. For some reason the parents don't stick around, they just go
"Ohh this isn't so bad" and leave halfway into the first song.
Once gone our Band pulls a magic trick of some sort and is now dressed in full
heavy metal cheese costumes. They start singing there God Awful music.
The next day the kids start acting different. Angry,
aggressive, rebelling against authority. Our one stereotypical Italian
kid gets yelled at by his dad for having an earring, and suddenly a giant
monster pops out of the stereo speaker and sucks the dad in. The kids go
back to the concert the next day, yes, it's a whole series of crap music, and
become further possessed by evil. One kid runs his mom over with a car,
another kills her abusive step dad, and also the girlfriend of our hero
teacher. The principal gets thrown out the window. And in one very
weird, but amusing scene a girl seduces her freinds dad by playing strip gin
Just as our hero is about to spring into action, one of his students
shows up to sexually entice him. She's pretty hot, and gets naked.
When he pushes her away she tuns into a weird looking cross between a demon,
zombie, and that hot thing from Splice. It's not much of a demon, as he
beats it to death with a baseball bat.
So he finally decides he has to take the band out, and goes to there
concert. As everyone is in a trance he starts dumping gasoline on
stage. Guess he doesn't really like his students, as he must be planning
on burning them to death too. He gets caught, as hes basically 2 feet
from our lead singer, who morphs into a demon, along with the rest of the
band. Demon may be too strong. More like big rubber
monster. Luckily as I said before there not that tough, as our hero
starts fighting them off, complete with sound effects after each hit.
Just when all is lost, and our teacher is grabbed he does the dreaded
"Kick the rubber monster in the balls" bit and lights the stage on
fire, while the band plays. Which is much cooler then the band playing as
the ship went down in Titanic. Somehow this causes the kids to go back to
normal, as they leave the building.
As this is 80's horror, we cut to the final scene where our teacher,
and the mayor are watching TV too learn that the Black Roses will be playing a
set of shows in Madison Square Garden!
Ok, I know this sounds bad. Truth be told it kind of is.
But it is entertaining. I hate the music. But watching a rubber
monster get kicked in the balls is funny. Plus it has good, and bloody
scenes, with nudity, so there is something there for the fan of 80's
horror. If you like 80's horror, dig Heavy Metal, or just like cheesy
films check this out. The DVD transfer is fantastic. If you a child
of the 90's you may want to avoid
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars.