Film Review: “Attitude For Destruction” (2008)

Title: “Attitude For Destruction”
Genre: Rock & Roll Horror Fantasy
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 4/15/2008
Rating: 2.5/5

“Attitude For Destruction” is a Horror Fantasy film that takes a little bit of movies like “Trick Or Treat” and “Rock And Roll Nightmare” and blends them with the premise of a young and successful Hollywood Rock band that are on their way to the top and soon find themselves dealing with witchcraft and the living dead as they make their quest for musical greatness. It begins in a club where the band “Hollywood Roses” and their lead singer Drake have just performed and are soon solicited by Record Company powers that be who wish to sign them to a multi-album deal and determine that they don’t want Drake as a part of the deal. The singer balks about the decision that the rest of the guys make about their respective futures as he would sooner the band wait on such success rather than sell their souls to such a corporation. Since the band wants the success without more waiting, they seek to toss Drake out of the band and instead beat him to death, dispose of the corpse and move on to sign the deal with the record company with no one any wiser to the crime. Of course you know there is more to this or the movie would have had a happy ending only twenty minutes in and with this type of film that is never the case.

Fast-forward a little bit of time into the future where everyone is celebrating their new found success and we are speaking of the band and the record company execs as well as singer Drake’s ex-girlfriend who has now begun dating one of the other dudes in the group. The celebrants are systematically hunted down and murdered by what appears to be a zombie of their deceased singer and with him being dead and their being famous saying he is pissed would be an understatement. He’s been brought back to life by the ex-girlfriend who we learn early in the film is a practicioner of the Satanic arts and since these peoples actions cost her a boyfriend she is going to make sure that everyone pays what they owe in spades. The first ones to buy the farm are the greedy record company executives and this scene might make any struggling musician jump from their seats cheering, but we do not condone such behavior and request that all remain seated. From this it continues on and on until its resolution.

There are some pretty graphic scenes of murder and a couple of gratuitous nude shots (and hey this is a Horror movie about a Rock and Roll band so what did you expect), but nothing is truly over the top enough to send you running for a sink to toss the cookies into. The music pumping in the background reminded me a little bit of Guns ‘N Roses and LA Guns and the singer Drake’s resemblance to Axl Rose is probably just a coincidence 🙂 It’s a fun movie and definitely worth the hour plus that you would spend watching it even though the acting could have been just a little bit better. Overall the production was sound based on the premise that was being delivered. Readers are going to have to watch or rent this themselves to see what happens to the band as far as whether they all get murdered, or their reuniting with the dead singer, or even his chances of recording his own album and releasing it years later using the same name of the band without any of original members. I guarantee that you will not predict the ending even if such things are that which you are known for.

Starring: Jed Rowen, Colby Veil, Simon Burzynski, Annmarie Lynn Gracey, Laura Lyon, Mighty Mike Murga, Brian Ramian, Monte Hunter, Geoff Stirling & Tanya Sabat.

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