Dir: John Fasano (Rock N' Roll Nightmare/The Jitters)
IMDB: 3.2 out of 10
Horror is a funny genre of film, I don't believe there is any other style of movie that has nearly as many sub-sub-Genres as Horror does. You can go for the standard ones like Slasher,Supernatural,Monster,Zombies,Demons,Possession, and then dive even further into Rape/Revenge,Giallo,Gore,Torture porn or even further. This film falls into the very small sub category of the Heavy Metal Horror film, There are very few films in this niche like Hard rock Zombies, Slumber Party Massacre 2 and the director of this films first entry to horror Rock N' Roll Nightmare. Director John Fasano returns to his directorial roots with this fun little entry Black Roses. Black Roses also falls into that category of 80's VHS boom flicks that gained allot of popularity in it's day due to it's infamous cover art. I remember being a young child and seeing this flicks awesome packaging with it's 3-D cover art that literally stuck out from it's case , Something about that picture of the guitar and the eyes truly stood out to me as a kid and I'm sure that many folks my age would remember this movie even if they hadn't seen it just simply due to it's innovative cover art. After watching this film it becomes quite obvious that most of the film makers budget went into the cover art, which may or may not have been a smart move honestly. So when all is said and done, How does Black Roses hold up ? Is it the forerunner for the genre or is it just another "Heavy Mental" piece of celluloid trash? Let's stage dive head first right into this mosh pit of a flick and find out shall we?
The film opens with a average hair metal band performing the average hair metal song about empowerment, however something sets this band apart as they appear to be demons, But not Kiss Style demons but more like a Gwar style costumed band. Which makes me wonder if this pre dates that band or not? As the band plays , the crowd appears to be possessed by the music and as a suit attempts to shut the show down the crowd attacks him after turning into demons and we get our opening credits complete with more cheesy metal and shots of two fancy cars riding into a small town.
So, As far as the Heavy metal Sub - Genre of Horror is concerned Black Roses is certainly one of the better entries to the category, that's still not saying much. I do feel that Slumber Party massacre 2 is the best , this one is surely the flagship film of it's type focusing more on the Metal aspect than SPM2. This flick is kinda light on gore but it is a fun ride and a entertaining flick even for just a few laughs. If you are a metal head I really think this film is worth seeking out as it is pretty hilarious and portrays the 80's Hair Metal culture perfectly. The acting is corny, The cast and dialog is cheesy as is the music and the fashion is just plain awesome,Plus the make up effects are hilarious, especially Damien in demon form in the end which is obviously just a guy in a rubber suit.That scene alone will make you crack up.This film epitomizes the MTV generation , well at least the original MTV generation , You know the ones that remember the channel actually only showing music videos. If you remember fondly watching bands like WASP,Stryker,Sinderella ,Iron Maiden and the likes and are looking for a flick to just pass some time and share some chuckles with some metal head friends over some brews this is the perfect film for you. Black Roses is nowhere near one of my favorites but it is memorable for it's cheese and I love it for that. Do not go into this hoping for a gore fest or anything serious and you should have a blast watching this one. I have seen it several times in my years watching corny horror flicks and you can't get much cheesier than this. Also this is a huge improvement over the directors first film "Rock N'Roll Nightmare" although that flick was fun too. If you want some headbanging with your decapitations check this one out because it is not often you come across a Heavy metal Horror flick that is even worth watching as most of the films in this small niche are just awful at least this one has it's charm and for a film like this that goes along way.
Overall:4.5 out of 10