After helming the 2005 Syfy original creature-feature Pterodactyl, many assumed director Mark L. Lester had swallowed some shotgun candy and called it a life. As it turns out, the man behind Class of 1984 (1982), Firestarter (1984), Commando (1985), Armed & Dangerous (1986), and Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) is only dead on the inside.
The 64-year-old filmmaker is back with a new ridiculous psycho-bitch thriller entitled Groupie. The film stars Taryn Manning (Manson Girls) as a woman out to avenge the accidental concert death of her boyfriend by killing off the members of The Dark Knights, a rock band on the comeback trail. Costars include “90210’s” Hal Ozsan as the band’s lead singer, Eric Roberts as the group’s manager, and horror hottie Betsy Rue.
Guys who watch movies with their hands down their pants will recognize Rue as My Bloody Valentine 3-D’s ill-fated motel victim who fights off her assailant in the nude for 8-minutes. Her additional creds include Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 and guest roles on HBO’s “True Blood,” Fox TV’s “Bones,” and the CBS crime series “The Mentalist.”
Manning and Rue’s participation in this flick automatically earn it a spot on my Netflix queue. But, also drawing me in is the possibility that screenwriters Michael Feifer and Randall Frakes may have gotten inspiration for their story from the tragic 2003 Great White concert fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island.
Groupie arrives on DVD on June 14 from Allegro Entertainment.
Peep the trailer: