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Black Roses

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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.

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

Product Details

  • 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:
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  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SSONUC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Roses" on IMDb

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By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 12, 2010
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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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I grew up on 80's hair bands, but this movie is poorly cast with theater type kid actors that overact and prance around like they are in a musical not a horror movie. also the rubber monster costumes aren't fooling anybody whether you saw this in the 80's or now; they were probably left overs from other movies but seem out of place here...a giant bug?? and especially the frog type creature near the end??
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Oh boy. This one has some serious cheese-factor going for it. Not your best, not your worst. Certainly a good example of a bad 80's horror flick, but one with at least a few redeeming points. Some may love it for the 80's hair-metal vibe that's rocking the whole time, some for the random nudity. I see it as an "average-at-best" production when compared to contemporaries of it's genre.
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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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Black Roses is from the same director of another 80's cult classic "Rock 'N' Roll Nightmare", but I like this one better because it has a good storyline to go with the cheese. It also has a great soundtrack, and it seems like the kind of movie that would have ran on USA Up All Night back in the day. They really don't make movies like this anymore, and it's a shame. I'll take stuff like this over Paranormal Activity or Insidious any day.
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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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My father was in this movie and died because the real demons , watch out .. the BLACK ROSES will get you.
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By Ray on September 14, 2015
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Great movie had me laughing not scary at all but but still worth watching
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