(aka. The Edge of Hell)
review by AARON ALLEN
Directed by John Fasano
Written by Jon Mikl Thor
Starring: Jon Mikl Thor, Jillian Peri, Frank Dietz
You can't really consider yourself a red-blooded Canadian fan of exploitation and trash cinema until you've put down your hockey stick, set aside that Tim Horton's, and popped in a copy of the ridiculously bizarre Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare starring Canadian god of glam metal: Jon Mikl Thor.
Sadly, John Fasano -- the director of this and several other little oddities of Canadiana -- passed away last week at the age of 52. I point this out because in my original review of Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare I called his directing "inept to the point of self-satire but ... nevertheless fun as hell." Is that disrespectful in the wake of his passing? Look, I respect Fasano even if his work here is not the best. Independent film-making is a hard road to travel, and it's easy for audiences on the sidelines to criticize after the fact. Fasano's early directorial output might not win any awards here, but films like Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare and Black Roses (which was filmed in Hamilton) endure in the hearts and minds of cult film fans exactly because of Fasano's quirky interest in these weirdo flicks. As we reflect on Fasano's passing, let's take a look back at one of his first films to explore just what exactly makes Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare a charming trash treasure.
|Electric perm? Check. Muscle oil? Check. Let's go!|
|Was it good for you, baby?|
Aside from the silly effects, actor Jon Mikl Thor brings the movie to a whole new level of endearing ridiculousness with his portrayal of Triton, an impossibly earnest metal band front-man. Thor is simply so clearly into his role despite the bad script and bad direction that his commitment to this bizarre movie should put a grin on your face. Watch him rock that mic in a red vest and belt out complex lyrics such as, "Energy takes me where I want to be. And you're where I want to be. Girl, you give me (give me) energy!"
After teaming up with Thor in Zombie Nightmare, Jon Mikl Thor re-teams with John Fasano to demonstrate that they still don't quite have a handle on this whole movie-making thing. Case in point: I REALLY hope you like to watch a van driving...for 10 minutes.
|I experience the energy of Jon Mikl Thor's hammer at SHOCK STOCK 2011|
where Thor was an honoured guest.
|Someone needed to give the film editor a hand on this picture|
|The always classic Handbra|
|Peek a Boob!|
|Oh yeah. That's steamy.|
|He-Man: The Rock Opera|
|Arrrrgh! Cyclops starfish attacking!|
|No Sympathy for the Devil|
RIP John Fasano. Thanks for the laughs!
A version of this review originally appeared on monsterchiller.blogspot.com