Stunt Rock! Death Wish at 120 Decibels!

stunt-rock-posterA few years back, I was at the Alamo Drafthouse (our local beer-serving, food-serving, movie-showing slice of heaven) for a special event.  Showing quirky old trailers is an Alamo tradition, but one out-quirked just about anything I’ve ever seen.

It was for Stunt Rock.

What is Stunt Rock?  Well, it’s what happens when you make a movie about a stuntman and a rock band, of course.  Isn’t that obvious?

And not just any ol’ rock band–the rock band Sorcery, who live up to their name by having a guy dressed as Merlin on stage making explosions.

Oh, hell, I can’t possibly describe this thing.  Just watch for yourself.

Stunt Rock!

I really wanted to write some hilarious, snarky commentary about this–but I just can’t.  Anything I would write would pale so much in relation to the trailer itself that I’m not even going to try.  Some things can speak for themselves, no remarks from me necessary.

Stunt Rock!

The sheer, unadulterated awesomeness of this trailer created quite a buzz in film geek circles when it was rediscovered, and as a result, this bizarre obscurity is getting a DVD release on March 31st of next year.

Sorcery seems to still exist in some form or other–they’ve got a website, anyway.  Director Brian Trenchard-Smith has kept busy doing exploitation films and TV movies, including a few that horror fans have likely heard of, such as Leprechaun sequels and Dead-end Drive-in.  Star Grant Page worked on Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and is still active in the stunt field.  I wonder what they think about this forgotten oddity suddenly getting attention decades later?  Maybe the DVD extras will tell us.

Stunt Rock!


One Response to Stunt Rock! Death Wish at 120 Decibels!

  1. Alex LaPointe says:

    According to the National Institutes of Healths website:

    Noise, or sound intensity, is measured in decibels. Normal conversation levels occur at about 60 decibels. Anything above 120 decibels can harm the ears and lead to hearing loss. Examples of noises that reach 120 decibels or above include firecrackers, gunshots, and motorcycles AND SORCERY!!!! According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, noise is damaging if:

    * you have to shout to be heard.
    * your ears hurt.
    * your ears ring.
    * you have difficulty hearing for a couple of hours after the exposure.

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