Itâs Mondo Musicals Month! Part of âRock Around the Loftâ in July!
Part of the Mondo Mondays series. Get ready for weird, wild and wonderful flicks from the mondo side of the silver screen! Every Monday at 8:00pm!
âStunt Rock is surprisingly and hugely entertaining on an âOh my God! Look at all the crazy s**t these people are doing!â level.â â 1,000 Misspent Hours
âDeath Wish at 120 Decibels.â
Do you like psychedelic heavy metal mullet rock? Do you like ridiculous, death-defying stunts performed by crazy Australians? Do you like wizards? Then youâll probably love Stunt Rock, one of the most bizarrely entertaining, impossible-to-categorize â70s exploitation flicks ever made! This quasi-documentary, fully-nutso âstunt-sploitationâ flick from Australia follows the adventures of real-life badass Aussie stuntman Grant Page, who travels to Los Angeles to do stunt work on an American TV series. Once in the States, Grant reunites with his cousin Curtis Hyde, who just so happens to perform with Sorcery, an unintentionally hilarious heavy metal band whose genius gimmick involves a stupefying stage show featuring The Prince of Darkness locked in cosmic, pyrotechnic-heavy combat with Merlin the Magician. It seems that Sorceryâs stoned audiences just canât get enough of the bandâs unique mixture of Kiss rock riffs, cheesy Doug Henning magic tricks and mystical, Tolkien-inspired lyrics involving dragons and ultimate evil. (Believe it or not, Sorcery was actually a real-life rock band âŚ thank you, 1970s!). While the band plays out its hilariously bewildering Hobbit Rock Opera on stage, weâre treated to suicide-courting stunts performed by Grant Page in the âreal worldâ (ostensibly for the American TV series heâs been hired to âstuntâ for), and his totally reckless, totally macho behavior enflames the lady parts of a sexy newspaper reporter and a sexy TV actress, who just canât help loving this wild dude with an obvious death wish. Proving he has no fear of anything whatsoever, Grant treats the ladies (and the audience) to a virtual tsunami of insane behavior, which means we get to see Grant set on fire, attacked by jungle cats, blown up with dynamite, thrown over cliffs, etc., all while Sorcery keeps rocking out like Middle Earth is going to swallow them whole. Itâs pretty much guaranteed that youâve never seen anything quite like Stunt Rock. Shazam! (Dir. by Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1978, Australia, 86 mins., Rated PG) Digital