Plot: Alex (Nicholas Celozzi) is plagued by nightmares, vivid and violent visions that haunt him even when he is awake. These horrific dreams have impacted him greatly, to the point even his friends are noticing severe changes. In an effort to put an to the brutal nightmares, he decides to visit Alcatraz, which happens to be the central element in all of his twisted visions. He is joined by his brother, his girlfriend, and some friends, to see if he can ease his mind and defuse the nightmares. But he quickly learns his dreams are rooted in reality when he meets Sammy (Toni Basil), the ghost of a rock star who tells him that a demon is loose and has to be dealt with. Can he trust this paranormal metal queen and if so, can he and his friends defeat an actual demon?
Entertainment Value: A movie about demons, the ghost of a rock star, a haunted prison, and 80s horror vibes, Slaughterhouse Rock is a fun ride. The frequent flashbacks, long movement shots, and slightly confusing narrative can baffle some viewers, but given how odd the movie is in general, they seem right at home, I think. I especially love the insanely long, totally unneeded series of flashbacks about an hour into the movie, pure madness. The story is on the thin side and makes some odd choices, but I like the premise of a demon prowling an infamous prison and our heroes being guided by Toni Basil, as the ghost of a rocker chick. Her dance moves are pure magic, much like the movie’s dream sequences, which offer some wild, sometimes blood drenched visuals. I’d have to rank the scene where a giant light shines out of his ass while he sleep levitates to be the bright spot in that department. The performances are fine, on the goofy side of course, with Basil and some playmates on hand, as well as Tom Reilly and Nicholas Celozzi as the intrepid brothers. This is just 80s horror cheese, but it is a fun watch and has a cool premise, so genre fans should have a good time here.
The nakedness here is limited to a few brief topless scenes, but the quality is high, even if quantity is low here. The movie boasts some cool bloodshed, including an interesting scene where a guy’s torso is ripped apart in vivid detail. The other gore is a little tamer, but still fun to watch and includes demonic transformations, a humorous severed hand bit, and assorted other splashes of the red stuff. The movie starts off hot with the crimson, but slows down and then ramps back up toward the finale, but overall a decent amount of bloodshed here. The dialogue has a lot of unnecessary discussions, bro talk, 80s lingo, and Toni Basil’s paranormal wisdom. This gives us some memorable moments, but not as much wackiness as you might expect. The craziness scale tips a little, but not a lot, as we have the hilarious dance routine, the odd narrative/visual choices, and of course, the heavy metal influence. I wish it was crazier, as the material seems primed for insanity, but the movie keeps things reeled in.
Overall Insanity: 2/10