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Rockula, 1990

You’d think that vampire would rock but apparently not. And they certainly don’t rap.

A vampire movie in which no one gets bitten, staked, or even has garlic waved in their general direction is arguably not a real vampire movie, and this horror/musical/romantic comedy sure doesn’t feel like one. Dean Cameron does his best with a script that makes about as much sense as his character’s never explained talking reflection (which morphs into Elvis during the films weirder than weird climax) but he’s fighting a losing battle. The explanation for Ralph needing to become a rock star to save the life of reincarnated lost love Mona is sketchy, while how he does it overnight is just plain baffling, as is the involvement of Blues legend Bo Diddley. On the other hand, a film with vampires, pirates and Elvis can’t be all bad.

Director: Luca Bercovici

Writers: Luca Bercovici, Jefery Levy

Stars: Dean Cameron, Toni Basil, Thomas Dolby

Trivia: Actor Thomas Dolby who plays bad guy Stanley took his stage name from the nickname ‘Dolby’ given to him as a child because of his interest in recording equipment.

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