Thor Didn’t Mind Mystery Science Theater 3000 Making Fun of His Film
Thor is a heavy metal Renaissance Man of the highest order. Not only has he built a loyal fanbase through his signature hybrid of metal and punk, he’s also won various body building titles and been in the Guinness Book of World Records several times.
But another group of people know Thor from his work in C-movie classics like ‘Zombie Nightmare’ and ‘Recruits.’ The former had an entire episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 dedicated to it. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing ‘Zombie Nightmare,’ you already know the campy genius of it. The fact that Adam West, the original television Batman, is in the film is just the icing on the cake.
Noisecreep spoke with the mighty Thor and asked him about some of his film work.
The folks at Mystery Science Theater 3000 famously chose ‘Zombie Nightmare’ for one of their episodes. Did that bother you or are you fine with the film being celebrated for its campiness?
I’m very happy that they took it on. MST3K made ‘Zombie Nightmare’ the success it is today. It was just re-released this year on Shout Factory and will be released again on the Code Red DVD label. My label Vulcan Sky Records will be putting out the soundtrack album.
Has the exposure from that episode helped bringing people to your music stuff?
It absolutely has. Another movie I did, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare’ also brought in a lot of new people to my music from all generations. There are quite a few anthems on the soundtrack such as ‘We Live to Rock’ that fans always request and sing along with when we perform it in a live setting.
‘Zombie Nightmare’ featured Adam West (the original Batman) as a police detective. How was it working with him?
It was Thor meets Batman! Certain actors are a pleasure to work with, such as Lou Diamond Phillips. They have a special kind of personality and spark that gets you going and into your role. Adam West was definitely that type of actor, and it was great to work with him on ‘Zombie Nightmare.’
In 1987, you wrote, produced and starred in a movie called ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare.’ At the time there were other movies that had the combination of heavy metal and horror as their main theme but we think that ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare’ is way cooler than both ‘Trick or Treat’ and ‘Black Roses.’ How do you feel about the film now when you see it?
I see the vision of what could have been with that project. We only had a small budget to work with. Maybe that was its charm. In the film, when I transformed into the Arch Angel, instead of a cape and the monster being a puppet, I was really supposed to sprout wings and fly around shooting lasers at a mechanical creature. I feel that in these modern times if ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare’ had a $300 million budget invested into it, it would be a blockbuster as good as any Marvel superhero movie out there.