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6.31 h 26 min201518+
Two high school metalheads play a forbidden piece of music that unlocks the gates of hell. Now the two headbangers and a metal maiden must join forces to save their town from a demonic onslaught.
Jason Lei Howden
Milo CawthorneJames BlakeKimberley Crossman
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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John's Horror CornerReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The New Zealand horror comedy where Ash vs the Evil Dead brilliantly meets Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
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If you like the Evil Dead movies, heavy metal music, or ultra gory horror comedies you will like this. If you simply have good taste in silly (raunchy and gory) horror, just see this.

Just a random aside, a shocking number of actors in this were from recent Power Rangers and Spartacus series. Not a bad thing, not a good thing; just an observation.

Written and directed by Jason Lei Howden (visual artist of The Hobbit movies), this playfully feisty New Zealand horror comedy opens with an almost adorably gross credit sequence complete with the stylings of Adult Swim and a personable narration which reminded me of an old favorite, The Gate (1987).

Not five minutes into this zany little gem (and a GLOWING gem it is) I had lost count of how many times I had laughed out loud at its brilliant execution, sense of humor, and random clip scenes featuring goofy sketches and wicked music video dreamscape sequences that reminded me of “W is for Wish” from ABCs of Death 2 (2014) and everything that was awesome about 80s music videos. When he used his laser vision to incinerate that chick’s (Kimberley Crossman; Power Rangers Samurai) top, Jeeeesus Chr--… oh… oh, dear, I seem to have gotten carried away. On with the review!

After being forced to move in with his uncle and insidiously bullying cousin, troubled teen metalhead Brodie (Milo Cawthorne; Power Rangers RPM) quickly unites with a group of social misfits, forms a metal band, and they bite off more than they can chew when they play some devil-worshipping music to summon the king of demons.

It’s not so obvious at first, but afterwards all of the adults in town are just…not right. They’re basically eye-gauged deadites. Think Ash vs the Evil Dead (2015) meets a zombie apocalypse and that’s kind of looney territory we’ve hit.

The acting is on-point, the editing and direction seem perfect during funny dialogue, and this just enhanced the quick-witted and frequent comedic execution. This movie is brilliantly hilarious! The Dungeons and Dragons scene was simple yet precious, but it had nothing on the bit when they’re coming up with the name for their metal band—Cannibal Unicorn, Maggot Sperm, and so many more beautiful combinations of words. I was also quite fond of the handful of Dungeons and Dragons references sparingly peppered in the script.

Not only is this movie delightfully funny, but it’s brutally gory as well. This film seizes every opportunity to be gross with the reckless abandon of irritable bowel syndrome. We have projectile blood vomiting into people’s face, blood enemas, ripping through bodies, splitting heads in half, the honest use of dildos as legitimately effective weapons against the supernatural, ripped out spinal columns, blood geysers, a chainsaw up the butt, coils of sloppy intestines falling out, forced dismemberment, a nude cultist (Delaney Tabron; Power Rangers Megaforce, Spartacus: War of the Damned) stabbing, a tarot card reader (Kate Elliott; Power Rangers Samurai, 30 Days of Night) heart rip, and when his bully cousin finally gets his messy comeuppance the accompanying dialogue with have you in love with this film!

It’s a lot like Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) crossed with Ash vs the Evil Dead (2015). Just pure horror comedy bliss. And be sure to watch ‘til the end of the credits for a bonus scene featuring more grossly awesome band name ideas!
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Andrew "Big Ugly' HaleReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Well-acted and directed gratuitous malarkey.
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"It's like when life sucks, and you feel alone and empty. You stick on some metal and life is better, because somebody else knows the pain and the rage that you're going through." - Brodie

True words. I've also noticed that I can replace 'metal' with 'rap' or 'country' in that statement and they all ring true. Especially those Motown oldies and classic rock. They all also have the capacity to represent our joy and pleasures as well as the pain.

Now to the story/movie. I think the actors carried the story well and the writing kept it reasonably excitable. The gore was a bit cheesy in some points and excessive but I can understand that it lead to the demonic storyline and horror at hand, especially with a lot of axe-wielding symbology (guitars and actual axes). The bullying of the main character by "straight-laced" popular kids and his lifestyle being harassed by fundamentalist Christian family members was another vehicle for driving our 'protaganist' towards his damning decision to summon power and fortune. But it's an extreme showing of a more complex time when metalheads and popular kids alike bullyied an outsider. The character of metalhead Zakk did lean towards this callous type of being and Brodie's uncle preaching against their devil music turned out to be spot on ... since the music indeed summoned a nightmare. Can't fault a married couple for having their bedroom fun either, even if it is a writer's attempt to mock their beliefs.

But this is all done in a black comedy telling, parodying all things involved. If you're easily influenced into taking this at face value and approaching life with what you learn, don't watch this. If you can just watch it for fun and move on, then do.
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James E. AddisonReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
The bloodiest comedy I've ever seen! LOL
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To the best of my recollection, in all my 61 years of movie watching, this has got to be the bloodiest comedy I've ever seen. Simply hilarious! I'd give it 5 stars, but by my rating rules I can't, because I'll probably never watch it again.

1 star: couldn't watch more than 15 minutes. Unwatchable!
2 star: jumped my way to the end for the ending. Unwatchable, but interested in how this turd ended.
3 star: watched it all, but not happy about it. Nothing better to do.
4 star: I watched it, liked it well enough. Would never watch it again.
5 star: Great moving picture show! I'll watch it again, and maybe again in a few years.
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Melanie CReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not good, even for a 'B' Flicks...don't trust the rating on this one!
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Not really sure why this is so highly rated on Amazon. I mean, it has overtones of 'Toxie-the Toxic Avenger', 'Evil Dead' and 'Tucker and Dale vs Evil'...all without the humor, but with a bunch of T&A shots, and 'elbow-in-the-ribs' adolescent off-color humor.
It tried so hard to be cool, and it wasn't cool. It tried pretty-hard to be funny, and it wasn't funny. It tried hard for its 'R' rating with T&A shots, and just couldn't use them correctly...and it was really trying to rip off the cartoon 'Metalocalypse' with the band 'Dethclok'...and just couldn't get there, either.
The story is ok, the casting not-so-much. While the two main characters were cast ok (Cawthorne and Blake), and Crossman was most-fitting as 'Medina', Berkley and Cresswell just couldn't 'make the band' work (or the humor they were scripted for).
Overall...a rather tired 1990's 'B' movie (made in 2015) that was tiring to watch...luckily it was INCLUDED with Amazon PRIME...or I would have felt ripped-off, and STILL caught myself fast-forwarding through a lot of the 'dark scenes' that you couldn't make out "was that a car, or a dog, or a demon" in...(BAD lighting)...
Take a pass, or see it for free...but DO NOT PAY for this one...
Rick JamesReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
EPIC! disappointment that is. . .
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The entire first half of the movie is a generic, and sometimes annoying high school movie. Nothing particularly charming or memorable about the characters except perhaps I was anxious to see some of them die in the film. OK. Skip ahead to the action. Sure, there's some charming kills, but they aren't delivered with any real style by the characters. The dialogue is atrocious. I was really prepared for laughs, kills, blood, etc. I may? have found it funny when I was 12. I'm not too high brow when it comes to humor, trust me. It just plain wasn't written well. It's wayyyyy too try hard. It didn't come off natural at all. I am shocked that anyone would put this remotely close to films like "Evil Dead". That's a classic 5/5 star movie. This is knockoff schlock at best. I continued until the end in desperate hope of something, and the fact that I wasted 45 minutes on teen drama. Nope. The final creature looked like a reject from the set of "Legend". Acting? Passable, it's a horror. Writing? Awful. Effects? Seen it all done before way better. Style? Nope. Forgettable? I can't wait to. Yeesh. I love everything that was supposed to be in the movie based on reviews but it didn't happen for me. Good luck!
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EinsatzReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
“For whom the bell tolls, old man.”
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Hmmm. I wonder what all that was about. It’s loud, obnoxious, and messy…but it is interesting. And yet―such a fuss over a piece of stolen music that sounds the same forwards and backwards. There’s a fragment of an idea here that’s not fully realized because it’s too easy to get distracted by the sheer volume of noise and gore. The gore I liked, the music…not so much. Was this a tale of unrequited love, a treatise on bullying, rebellion, wanting to belong to something…or…all of the above.
It had its moments, just not enough of them to form a complete thought. I kind of, sort of, almost liked it… But I would never watch it again.
Cinema FanReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Throw "Dead Alive," "Night of the Demons," "Shaun of the Dead," and "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny" into a blender.....
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Wow! All I can say is Wow!

Is a young Peter Jackson reborn? This movie is FANTASTIC! Any fans of gore, demons, or straight up black/heavy metal will enjoy this film.

The story follows Brodie, a metalhead that spends his time at school daydreaming of being in an ultra heavy metal band, and spends his afternoons browsing the local record shop looking to snag the most obscure black metal record he could find. Brodie meets another punk kid named Zack, who tells him about the singer of a pretty popular black metal group hiding out in town. Brodie and Zack find the guy and steal his music, which was actually written to summon a demon.

Brodie and his friends start a metal group and play the demon music, unleashing hell on earth. Now, its up to Brodie and his buddies to put an end to the demon army and destroy the local crime syndicate who is looking to embrace the demon for world domination.

Simply put, this film is AMAZING! Expect massive amounts of humor, blood, guts, and gore. Oh, and an incredibly awesome soundtrack.

NOTE: The film was released on dvd format with alternate cover art and a new title "Heavy Metal Apocalypse" to Wal-Mart stores around the country. For whatever reason, Walmart felt the need to censor the title and artwork? Do yourself a favor and buy the film as intended here or at Best Buy.
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LauryReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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From the moment the nudity and neon orange blood started happening, I knew exactly what I was in for.
This is low-brow, schloky, immature humor, and I adore it. I didn't expect high art, or for the movie to elevate death metal as an artform, and I had a great time. This is definetly going on my list of movies to watch when I'm feeling down. The world is dismal, the characters are terrible people, and the soundtrack slaps. HARD.
If there is any lesson to be gleaned from this movie, is that basically friendship is magic (?). I love the fact that even the most evil person in town has a friend he has a soft spot for. This is the type of positive outlook we need right now. Go on and hold your terrible friends a little closer.
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