ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE (1987) Reviews and overview

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‘When you raise Hell… the Devil must be paid – in full!’

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare – aka The Edge of Hell – is a 1987 Canadian horror feature film directed by John Fasano (Darkness Falls co-writer; The Jitters; Black Roses) from a screenplay written by rock musician and producer Jon Mikl Thor. The latter stars alongside Jillian Peri, Frank Dietz, David Lane and Teresa Simpson.

A belated sequel, Intercessor: Another Rock’n’Roll Nightmare, was released in 2005.


Recording some new music in an isolated farmhouse, rock band Triton get more than they bargained for when something horrifying stirs in the darkness. Eternal evil haunts this place and the band members start turning into demons from Hell itself!

After a day of making music – and making love – this band is starting to break up… one by one… limb by limb. The band’s lead singer, John (Jon-Mikl Thor) Triton, holds the key to defeating this horror once and for all – a secret that culminates in a battle between good and evil! Triton versus the Devil himself!


“It’s truly terrible in every way but with lots of that bad movie charm fans of this kind of stuff look for. If you want to see something along the same lines that’s similarly cheesy but more competently-made make sure to give Trick or Treat (1986) or Shock ’em Dead (1991) a gander.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

“As a testament to Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare‘s popularity with schlock fans, it has appeared on the majority of the American bad movie sites, and the film’s notorious reputation has put it in almost the same league as esteemed bad films like Plan Nine from Outer SpaceRobot Monster, and The Corpse Grinders.” Canuxsploitation!

“My big hair, masculine make-up, shiny man-boobs, and skin-tight undies tell me that Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare is a campy piece of crap that shines like a diamond in the rough. It’s cheesy. It’s ridiculous. It’s a terrible piece of filmmaking. But it’s B-grade entertainment in its highest form.” Full Moon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare deftly balances awareness of its own cut-rate ridiculousness with an unvarnished desire to entertain and, above all, to rock. This feature ripples with stupid success on every headbanging count.” Mike “McBeardo” McFadden, Heavy Metal Movies

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“The film has some of the most cheap and unconvincing makeup and puppet work of any film of the 1980s. Towards the end, we get a variety of these absurd creature effects – a plate of leftovers in the fridge moving; a one-eyed puppet creature that you cannot help but think resembles a penis; a lizard-like Devil figure that is incredibly immobile; even a puppet that sits and smokes cigarettes.” Moria

“I’m happy I got to experience it if only so I can tell people I’ve seen both the worst shower scene ever and the oddest ending ever. But you have to go through so much shite to get the good stuff that you really have to have a high level of B-movie tolerance to get the most out of it.” That Was a Bit Mental

Cast and characters:

Jon Mikl Thor … John Triton
Jillian Peri … Lou Anne
Frank Dietz … Roger Eburt
David Lane … Max
Teresa Simpson … Randy
Adam Fried … Phil, The Tritons’ Manager
Denise Dicandia … Dee Dee
Jesse D’Angelo … Little Boy
Rusty Hamilton … Seductress
Cindy Cirile … Mother (as Clara Pater)
Chris Finkel … Father
Liane Abel Dietz … Mary Eburt (as Liane Abel)
Jim Cirile … Stig
Gene Kroth … Karl
Carrie Schiffler … Cindy Connelly
Tralle O’Farrell … Groupie
Lara Daans … Groupie (as Layra Daans)
Nancy Bush … Groupie

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