“Wouldn’t it be crazy if the music had something to do with demons?”
Story: Death Metal nerd moves in with his uncle’s family after his mom is committed. Needless to say he doesn’t fit in. That is until he finds a group of fellow misfits and forms a band. First up? Playing that music they found at the house of a metal legend…that glowing pentagram on the page isn’t gonna be a problem, right?
Scares: Not many. This is revenge fantasy gone out of control. Scares take a back seat to sweet, sweet payback…and the resulting chaos.
Splat factor: Lots. Folks barfing up blood, and a surprisingly well done bit of throat slitting FX. Then there’s the possessed, with their bloody eye sockets and the gory ways they go out (or take people out…)
Closing scene “shocker”: Not really, but stay past the end credits.
Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul): While there’s a ton of metal = demons movies out there, this is original.
Trick or Treat: I kept trying to tell myself that this was going to be a crappy low-budget horror movie, but this film is the little horror movie that could.
Yeah it’s plot is clunky, and the editing can be choppy at times. But there’s solid bloody goodness here, along with a few jokes that keep things goofy. And yes, the “possessed voice” is tough to understand, but there’s a cool Evil Dead like look to the possessed. Not to mention a Dead Alive mix of grue and goofs. Best? When adult toys get used as weapons. No, really.
There’s a weapons making montage, and a demon dispatch montage (spoiler: chainsaws)…not very long ones, but I guess that’s due to the low budget. When the rest of the movie is so well done production-wise? That’s fine. Come for the funny title, stay for the fun.
Score: out of 5 pumpkins