Blu-ray Review: The 27 Club (2019)

April 28, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Music man Quinn Scott (Travis Grant) goes and joins the 27 Club (you know, the exclusive collective of rock n’ rollers that have done the whole croakin’ bag on their big two seven)…well, to be honest; it isn’t entirely up to him, as a dagger toothed demon emerges from a magic-ass mirror and drags him to Satan knows where…as is so often the case.

That brings us to Jason (Derrick Denicola) who is doing the whole documentary bit on the ol’ 27 Club. As he investigates the demise of the mighty Quinn, he discovers one of those arcane tomes the youngsters are so bananas for these days…which of course he swipes with the quickness.

Well, that beastly book can do the whole demon summoning dealio (and said supernatural creatures can grant wealth and fame…with a catch of course), and Quinn’s band-mates will do anything to possess that artifact like it’s some sort of preternatural Klondike bar!

Look, The 27 Club ain’t gonna set the horror biz alight with it’s star-bright originality; and I damn well bet the filmmakers (Writer/Director Patrick Fogarty aided and abetted by Co-Writers Joe Flanders and Michael Lynn) didn’t intend to…but you’ll have to ask their asses to know for sure, I’m just makin’ an educated guess.

This is rock n’ roll Faust 101; and it’s a real kick in the ass (in a good way boils n’ ghouls)! You get dead rock stars (Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and more make appearances before the credits role), dodgy occultism (Do you even need the damn book to summon the demons? Fucked if I know for sure, and I’m willing to bet you won’t either), a killer practically realized beast (all fangs, protruding bone, and midnight black skin), and some grizzly gore (also realized with beautiful practical effects wizardry).

Also included on the Blu-ray release are a DVD copy of the film, as well as the film’s impressive soundtrack which features tracks from Todd Rundgren (with an assist from Trent Reznor), Jurgen R Engler, and many more!

If you are looking to kick back and enjoy a rockin’ fable fraught with demons, bloodshed, comic book style occult trappings, and a love of what makes a fright flick fun I urge you to slap your putrid peepers on The 27 Club tonight!



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