=”295″ height=”400″ />The late 80s through the early 1990s were a great time for the entertainment industry… I mean some truly great heavy metal music came out then. A few examnples being:
1. In 1991 Metallica released what in my opinion to date is their best album, (Their self titled album.)
2. In 1995 White Zombie (Rob Zombie’s former band) released one of my favorite albums that they ever made called, ‘Astrocreep 2000’.
3. In 1992 The Offspring produced what is in my opinion one of the best albums that they have created to date called, ‘Ignition.’
Now these are just a few examples of some of what in my opinion was some very memorable music! Now for me the reason that I think that this music was so great was that it was so raw and untamed, and wasn’t so extremely commercial! I mean despite the fact that all of this music is on albums that have been produced by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, you could also expect to hear similar from underground bands (which I have and still think it’s great!)
And as for movies… I mean forget about it! Goodfellas (1990), Wayne’s World (1992), Striking Distance (1993), The Stand (1994), Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995), Black Sheep (1996), The Fifth Element (1997), just to name a few…
Ultimately I do think that the 90s was a great decade for movies to the point where despite the fact that I am not a huge fan of Musicals, I gotta admit that I found that I really enjoyed the movie, Rockula (1990)…
Written by: Chris Ver Weil (Waiting Game), Jefrey Levy (Ghoulies) and Luca Bercovici (who also directed this movie as well!) Starring: Dean Cameron (Men At Work), Toni Basil (Slaughterhouse Rock), Tawny Fere (Return To Justice), Thomas Dolby (Howard The Duck) and Susan Tyrrell (The Killer Inside Me)
Rockula tells the story of Ralph Levine (Cameron). Now Ralph is kind of the nerd of the Vampire world, you see he tries not to kill, when he eats food he usually puts a little garlic in it, crosses don’t seem to hurt him, (as a matter of fact, the only thing that does seem to hurt him is sun light…) And his only friend seems to be a reflection that he should not be able to see…
With that said though around the 16th century Ralph did fall in love with a woman by the name of Mona… Of course Mona ends up getting killed off when her jealous lover kills her on the Halloween night, the year that she is 22!
Since then Ralph has had to endure Mona being re-incarnated and the both of them falling in love with each other, and then loosing her over and over again on Halloween Night every 22 years for the last couple of centuries!
Now we come to present day, and the prophecy has come full circle again… Only this time though, Ralph has decided not to go through with the prophecy…
The problem is, is that while Ralph is out during one of his nightly journeys, Mona (Fere), ends up hitting Ralph with her car, which starts the whole cycle over again…
Now Ralph poses as an underground musician, in an effort to win Mona’s heart (Mona is also an under ground musician.) Ralph has to do all of this by Halloween Night so that he can save her life, and finally be able to be with the woman he loves once and for all!
Now what I like about this movie and what I do truly believe makes this an awesome b movie is a couple of things:
1. The music in this movie is incredible and the majority of the sound track is actually performed by some of the artists in the movie! Including Thomas Dolby (who played Stanley in the movie), Toni Basil (Phoebe… A.K.A. Ralph’s mom), Tawney Fere (who played Mona in the movie) and Dean Cameron himself!
2. Despite the way it sounds this movie is utterly hilarious!
3. I also have to say that the acting in this movie was fantastic as well!
If your looking for a fun musical with a bite, folks, then I highly recommend this one… It is a fun one!