Shock 'Em Dead (1990)





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In this thriller, geek Martin (Stephen Quadros) makes his dream of becoming a famous rock musician come true when he sells his soul to the Devil. As Martin is rocketed to stardom as a performer known as Angel, he is also transformed into a ghoulish undead creature who must kill in order to survive.
Comedy , Horror , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
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Stephen Quadros
as Angel/Martin
Traci Lords
as Lindsay Roberts
Troy Donahue
as Record Executive
Aldo Ray
as Tony
Tyger Sodipe
as Voodoo Priestess
Tim Moffet
as Greg
Marcus Gupta
as Jonny Crack
Karen Russell
as Michelle
Gina Parks
as Marilyn
Laurel Wiley
as Monique
David Homb
as Izzy
Madison Monk
as Jimmi Wolf
Kathleen Kane
as Pizza Girl #2
Phillip Cooper
as Pizza Boy
Pete Knight
as Lead Guitarist #1
Suzanne Ager
as Groupie #3
Tyler Bowe
as Announcer
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A nerd loses his job, gets evicted, and fails at a guitar audition all in one day. Along the way he meets a Voodoo priestess (Estelle) to whom he sells is soul in exchange for becoming a famous metal guitarist (ala Faust, Paganini, Robert Johnson, et al). He soon learns in order to stay alive, he has to kill other people. Michael Angelo Batio provides the guitar work, Traci Lords is a prude, and Aldo Ray performs in his final role as a pizza shop owner. A very funny dig at Ozzy is included. I'm extremely surprised I'd not heard of this until now!


1/1/2009 This is movie 2 of a metal horror movie marathon: I really liked this one. The premise of buying your wish from the devil but living with the cost was really well done. His calculated moves toward being a rock god was so great. Especially with the band's former leader throwing such great hot pink hissy fits!

Kayla Kromer
Kayla Kromer

This is either 4 stars or negative 4 stars depending on whether or not you're in the mood for some garbage. Hilarious story of a nerd who looks kind of like Mark McGrath selling his soul to the voodoo devil (or something?) to become the greatest hair-metal artist in the world.

Jason Coffman
Jason Coffman

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