George (Jonathan Le Billion) is a graphic artist who’s supposed to be working on the latest album cover for that bad-ass metal band Rebortion. Unfortunately for George, he’s got artist’s block right now and he’s produced absolutely nothing. Even worse, Rebortion’s leader, the Lemmy-like Gary (Frederick “Rick” Lawrence) has threatened George with physical violence if he doesn’t complete the album art in time. Terrified, George decides to get high to see if that helps. In his drug-induced state, he meets a heavy metal-loving demon named Scott (Frederick “Rick” Lawrence again) who offers to remind George what it means to be heavy metal. But with time running out will Scott be able to save George’s skinny hide?
Try to imagine a demented version of all those classic Hollywood movies where an angel comes down to earth to help a lost soul and you have an idea of the good natured insanity that is “Miracle on Metal Street.” Carl Bachman’s twisted ode to heavenly help is a wonderful short that keeps you laughing until its conclusion. Bachmann knows that part of the fun of a spoof is taking an old cliché subject and standing it on its head. So instead of having to come up with the traditional money for his mortgage, George faces an unbearable pummeling if he can’t get creative! Bachmann (and writers Stephen Kronick and Andy Paige) even have the good sense to send up the traditional Hollywood song and dance number. It’s one of the best scenes in the film as a tux and tails attired Scott sings of the virtues of all that is metal.
While Jonathan Le Billion is appropriately nerdy and geeky as George, it is Frederick “Rick” Lawrence who steals the show as the demon Scott. Done up in great devilish makeup by Kelsy Boutte, Lawrence screams, cajoles and berates George until the artist finally wakes up and sees the way to heavy metal happiness. Lawrence is mischievously delightful and he gives an eye opening performance.
“Miracle on Metal Street” is a perfect short film that will keep you giggling and laughing. Bachmann’s flawless spoof not only skewers the traditional soppy Hollywood feel good film, but the entire heavy metal genre as well. It’s demonically good and deserves to reach a large appreciative audience. It also gives new meaning to the term “head banging.” The film is currently making the festival run, so keep an eye out for it.
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