Rocktober Blood Directed by Beverley Sebastian, Starring Tray Loren (1984).
Reviewed by Michael Hauss
This movie really hit home for me! The thoughts that music can influence the decisions you make in your everyday life was something that I could relate to, because it had happened to me! When I was a card carrying member of the West Side Mullets, a group of the most ferocious tough guys in mullets, you’d ever want to meet, I became addicted to playing the cryptic, satanic music of that spawned goddess of Satan, Cher. I found that when I played her songs backwards, I could hear faint chants of Satan saying “Buy Ovaltine!” Well of course after hearing this I immersed myself in the sub-culture that surrounded the great Cher, spiraling downwards with my addiction to Ovaltine, until I read in the World News that she had married Batboy and knew then and there that she could never love me! I, like most other young people in the 80’s also have a story about how their dog told them to kill, but that’s another story for another time.
Any who! This 1984 film is a decent enough little flick about a messed up Rock N Roll singer named Billy Eye (Tray Loren), who goes on a killing spree, killing twenty-five people and almost killing Lynn Starling (Donna Scroggins), the girl he was shagging and had written the song “Rainbow Eyes” for. A year after Billy’s execution, the band has reformed and goes under the name Head Mistress and is now being fronted by Lynn. At the reformation party Lynn is stalked by Billy Eye, but, how could it be Billy? He had been executed the year before for the string of murders he committed against “Rock N Rollers.” But it is Billy (or is it?), unfortunately no one believes Lynn, thinking her crazy. Chris who is the producer and the new shagging partner of Lynn, sends her to the cabin by the lake to get away from the crazy atmosphere surrounding the groups restart. While at the lake with Donna (Renee Hubbard) and Honey (Cana Cockrell), they do aerobics to release some tension and Billy appears and kills Donna and harasses Lynn, right after she gets out of a long bath scene (where she displays one of the most impressive tan lines ever), until the worried Chris shows up and is stabbed by Lynn, who thought he was Billy.
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The show must go on, as they say! But, not before Lynn and Honey go and dig up the grave of Billy. Chris shows up to aid the girls after they had done all the digging and when they open the casket they discover the skeletal body of Billy. Thus proving to Lynn that Billy is dead and maybe, just maybe she is just imaging Billy’s alive! The night of their first show, a plot twist is revealed and kind of ruins the movie. But, the last few songs like “Killer on the Loose,” and “I’m Back” both performed by Billy in an ape mask, and Lynn performing the song written for her by Billy “Rainbow Eyes, are effective songs and worth the view alone. The ending is a What-the-Fuck moment and may have been left opened ended for a possible sequel, which never happened.
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The Lynn character as portrayed by Donna Scoggins, is not a hapless victim and is resourceful, a bit vapid at times, but besides the glow in the dark ass, is attractive and capable in the part. This is Scoggins only film appearance, and that is a shame as she had some acting and scream-queen skills. According to IMBd Nigel Benjamin, who played Chris, was the lead singer of Mott The Hoople from 1975-1976, and was also the singing voice for Billy in the film. The movie is directed by Beverly Sebastain, who does a decent, but uninspired job on the film, she has a few other directing credits including that swamp-ass film Gator Bait starring the late great Claudia Jennings.
So, dudes and dudettes pull on them leather pants, tease that wig, slap on some mascara, and wait for the part where Billy while harassing the aerobic suit wearing Lynn at the cabin with phone calls, says…. wait for it…. When the frantic Lynn says, "What do you want?” Billy replies back “Blood! I want your hot steaming pussy blood all over my face!” Laughing maniacally all along. Then after that glorious moment, just remember one thing, you Rockers out there, they don’t write em’ like that line anymore! Hold on, my dog is telling me something...
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