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Martin is a total loser, who nobody cares for. When he fails to get a position as guitar player in Lindsay's band and loses his job on the way, he makes a deal with a Voodoo priestess. She promises him the fulfillment of all his dreams if he swears obedience to her. He becomes a rock star and has many women - but to stay alive, he has to kill other people.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
The delectable Traci Lords is the star attraction of this howler of a B flick. Another addition to the "horror & heavy metal" sub genre, it stars a dude named Stephen Quadros as Martin, a loser employee at a pizza joint. Ordered around by the gruff boss Tony (Aldo Ray, in his last film role), he craves success as a rock 'n' roll guitarist. Unfortunately, he sucks, but after a bungled audition, he makes a deal with Satan via a voodoo priestess (Tyger Sodipe, who deliciously overplays her role). He is reborn as a guitar god named Angel with awesome 80s hair. Of course, his newfound abilities come at a price: he can no longer consume ordinary food, but must derive sustenance from peoples' souls.
Traci, looking as ravishing as ever, may have been hired for her name value, but this is more Quadros' story and movie. He's believable as both the hopeless nerd and his head banging alter ego. Markus Grupa is amusing as the effeminate singer Jonny, whom Angel replaces in a rather aggressive manner. Tim Moffett is the requisite hero as bass player Greg, who is engaged to Tracis' band manager character. Also hired for name value is another veteran, Troy Donahue, who is good as a sleaze ball record executive.
The movie is much more campy & cheesy than scary *or* creepy, but this does give it some entertainment value. Both the visual and the makeup effects are very damn crude; they must have been done for next to nothing. The music is sometimes fun, and sometimes it's cringe-inducing yet catchy in spite of itself. Best of all is when the movie focuses on Angels' new entourage of babes: Karen Russell ("Tenement") as Michelle, Gina Parks as Marilyn, and Laurel Wiley as Monique. There's no shortage of very sexy women to fill out roles (and costumes).
Dopey beyond belief, but it's not without its pleasures, such as when Angel satisfyingly deals with Jonny.
Six out of 10.
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