Extreme Jukebox (2013) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Alberto Bogo
Starring: Alessio Cherubini, Elisabetta Loi, Guglielmo Favilla
Rated: UR/Region 0/Widescreen/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Where to get it: Troma Entertainment
Welcome to Nova Springs, a rock and roll metropolis chock-full of rising stars. Here you’ll meet Jessie Cake, a charismatic glam metal front man and his groupie girlfriend, Chloe. After unearthing a mysterious LP in the abandoned estate of legendary 80s superstar David Crystal, these young lovers unleash a bloodthirsty spirit… the infamous Killer of the Woods. Even worse is the flesh-and-blood maniac Naughty Rocky Boy, the skulking back-alley killer whose weapon of choice is a musical instrument! As the bodies pile up in Nova Springs, it’s up to Jessie, Chloe, and rock’n’roll priest Father Zappa (Italian heavy-metal pioneer Pino Scotto) to set things right. It’s LORDS OF SALEM by way of ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, with a side of spaghetti!
Well, I have to say that I am a bit disappointed by what I got with Troma’s Extreme Jukebox. This is a movie that starts off good enough with a quick kill, some back story, and then a lot of dialogue that is music industry driven, but the fun seems to almost come to a halt there. The plot is a good one in theory, dealing with a dead rocker, a cursed record, and a killer who rises when the music is played for seven days before returning to the record. The idea is awesome and it sure does sound cool when you think about it, but the movie never does live up to the plot and what we get is a mess at times. There are unfunny jokes, characters that just don’t work, and kills that do little to nothing for you as you watch. There is some T and A and the movie looks nice in HD, but outside of that I find myself pulling at straws to really say anything too nice about it. It just wasn’t as all-out and crazy as I had hoped it would be and the music side of things just doesn’t help much, if at all.
The killer looks alright. I mean, it isn’t another Jason or Freddy, but the whole thing looked alright, if only it would have had more to play off of. There is some stuff about the plot that seems to drag the whole movie down and that never helps when you are trying to get into a foreign film. I don’t mind reading subtitles, but you got to at least tell a story that holds my attention, Extreme Jukebox had a very hard time doing just that. While I do think this director has a very good chance of doing something awesome down the road, this one here just wasn’t it. There is a lot of style with no substance here. It looks nice and it starts off really well, but I’m afraid that is about the best it ever gets, as things take a nose dive and never do seem to recover after about twenty minutes of what this movie has to offer.
– Intro from Lloyd Kaufman
– Behind The Scenes Documentary
– Rainbow Projects
– Slide Show
– Troma Trailers
Quality of Transfer: 93%