- 1 hr 30 min
Rockula is a 1990 comedy horror movie directed by Luca Bercovici, featuring a rather weird take on the classic vampire story. The movie takes place in the present time, in the town of San Francisco, where a vampire named Rockula, played by Dean Cameron, is cursed to spend eternity as a vampire, cursed to repeat his father's death every Halloween, which happened over 400 years ago. Rockula, our titular character, is indeed a vampire, but unlike most vampires, instead of preying on humans, he wants to become a musician and win the heart of the woman he loves, Mona, played by Toni Basil. However, every year, his performance is interrupted when his arch-nemesis, a pirate ghost named Vinny, crashes the scene, determined to make sure that Rockula never falls in love. The twist in the story comes when Mona begins to fall in love with Rockula's reincarnated father, who appears to be a total opposite of his son. As the story unfolds, Rockula, with the help of his band, The Monsters, decides to give up on his dream of becoming a musician and tries to break the curse of his father's death, hoping that doing so will finally allow him to be with Mona. He then learns that in order to break the curse, he must have Mona as a virgin sacrifice, the very thing he's been trying to avoid all along. Despite being a comedy horror movie, Rockula has some really good musical sequences, showcasing the talents of Thomas Dolby, who composed the music for the movie. The soundtrack offers a mix of rock, pop and soul music, making it a musical feast for viewers of all ages. The characters in the movie are well developed, and the performances by the actors are commendable. Dean Cameron, as Rockula, delivers an excellent performance, embodying the character perfectly. Toni Basil, as Mona, does an incredible job of portraying a woman who is unsure of her feelings towards Rockula and his father. Thomas Dolby, as the geeky music inventor Stanley, delivers an amazing performance both in acting and music. The visual effects in the movie are also worth mentioning. With the use of creative and well-orchestrated effects, the movie transforms into a delightful spectacle for those who love horror-comedy flicks. The final sequence, which features a battle between Rockula and Vinny, is an excellent example of how well the visual effects have been used in this movie. To sum it up, Rockula is a comedic horror movie that will have you rooting for the vampire lead character. The storyline is unique, the performances are outstanding, and the soundtrack is amazing. Despite being a lesser-known film, Rockula is a movie that should not be missed by anyone who enjoys off-beat comedies or horror movies.