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Black Roses (1988)

Julie Adams , Carmine Appice , John Fasano  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Adams, Carmine Appice, Carla Ferrigno, John Martin, Ken Swofford
  • Directors: John Fasano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SSONUC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Roses" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary With Director John Fasano, Writer Cindy Sorrell, Star Carla Ferrigno and Others
  • Rare Original Cannes Film Festival Promo
  • Audition Videotape Excerpts
  • Original Theatrical Promotion Trailer

Editorial Reviews

The sleepy little town of Mill Basin is about to get more than it bargained for. The satanic heavy metal rock band Black Roses is coming through to raise hell... literally! After making a deal with the Devil himself, the band's music demonically possesses the kids in the audience, turning them into blood-thirsty demons. The blood flows as they start killing their parents and causing chaos at their local high school. Culminating in a fiery battle between man and ultimate evil, BLACK ROSES is considered a MUST HAVE metal horror movie from the 80's (IMDB.COM).
 
From the director of ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE comes the next heavy-metal horror classic re-mastered in high definition. BLACK ROSES features an early film role for Vincent (THE SOPRANOS) Pastore and classic rock fans will love seeing Carmine Appice (of VANILLA FUDGE) on-screen as one of the demonic Black Roses band members! The heavy metal soundtrack features original music from LIZZIE BORDEN.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia with a killer soundtrack. May 12, 2010
Format:DVD
Black Roses (John Fasano, 1988)

The eighties were, briefly, awash in rock and roll horror pictures, and as a hair metal fan back in the day, I was happier than a pig in Poison album covers. They ranged from the sublime (Hard Rock Zombies, still one of my favorite bad movies of all time) to the ridiculous (Trick or Treat, whose best feature was its Fastway soundtrack). Black Roses was firmly on the "ridiculous" side of the equation, though I didn't remember it being nearly as awful as the IMDB crowd make it out to be (as I write this, its IMDB rating is 2.6). So I grabbed a copy of it a couple of nights ago and gave it a look for the first time in twenty-odd years. And I was right, it's not that bad. Yes, it's ridiculous, but like all bad movies that transcend their badness, that's a part of its charm.

The admittedly lame plot: a bunch of (badly-made-up) demons have been sent from Hell to gather disciples. What better way to do that than to form a hair metal band? Their first concert goes horribly awry thanks to interference from the authorities, so after a quick hush job they decide to take the stage next in a small, out-of-the-way place. Of course, they also adopt human guise. Their lead singer morphs into Damien (standup comic, singer, and Broadway actor Sal Viviano), the kind of hair-metal Adonis one would expect to see back in 1988; the make-up folks probably spent more time making Viviano's hair that feathery than they did with the demon make-up in the opening scene.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best of the 80s heavy metal horror films November 16, 2007
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I am a big fan of the 80s music oriented horror films such as Rock n' Roll Nightmare, Slumber Party Massacre 2, Terror on Tour, Shock 'em Dead (which has yet to see a dvd release), Trick or Treat, etc. and this is my favorite one. Rock n' Roll Nightmare is probably a close 2nd place, but this film has better special effects, funnier characters, and is even more bizarre and unpredictable. I ordered this DVD as soon as I heard it was coming out. My VHS copy was one of my most treasured films because it was so hard to find and long out of print. I am glad this one didn't slip into obscurity.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE CHEESY 80'S BRILLIANCE!!! July 25, 2013
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If you love 80's hair metal, and want to have a great time, throw popcorn at the screen and laugh with your friends, BLACK ROSES is an absolute gem! It's so bad it's good, and it's about a thousand times more enjoyable than the Evil Dead remake! This dvd is also loaded with extras, including a really hilarious commentary track with the director and some of the cast and crew. A must-own for any 80's cult horror movie aficionado!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Trick or Treat November 25, 2013
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I have to admit I haven't watched this movie since I was a metal hating punk rock teenager, but the soundtrack is awful, and it's just a dumb movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Music Horror Masterpiece July 26, 2013
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This is a heavy metal music/horror movie and is totally awesome, after making a deal with the devil for fame and success a rock bank ( Black Roses ) comes to town unbeknownst to the nice town folk they are demonic. They travel around from place to place performing, spreadind evil, corrupting teens, and reekting havoc gaining themselves power, popularity, fame, and big time success. It soon becomes the task of a teen guy to battle them and save the town

For example you have the pretty sweet innocent wouldn't hurt a fly blond girl next door who after listening to their music turns into a gorgeous sexy temptress dressed in black and kills someone, other teens transform in various ways This film features music by ( Lizzy Borden, song Me Against The World ) and other rock performers, I freaking love the music in this. Another one is ( Trick Or Treat ) starring Tony Fields as the singer who does a satanic ritual, later on dies in a fire, a kid buys their album and starts playing it backwards a voice starts telling him how to get revenge on his bullies he does, 1 cool special affect is ightening shoots out of his guitar. This is another Heavy Metal Music/Horror masterpiece it is perfect with this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars seen it back when it came out was cool May 27, 2013
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for the time it had good graphics seeing it now you can really see how much technology has advanced in movie making
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5.0 out of 5 stars Campy Fun! March 24, 2013
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Love the scenes with the band Lizzy Borden playing in the school auditorium!
This is definitely a classic cult fun film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Horror Baby! September 2, 2012
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This is one of my favorite horror flicks from the 80's. It is a movie made about a metal hair band that turns all of a small town's teen's into sinning monsters. It has only minor cheese and a few thing that made me laugh. If you are a fan of horror and hair metal from, you will want to check this one out. I can't wait for this to come out on blu ray!
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