Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has landed himself a role in a pretty unique-sounding horror movie. Dickinson will star in Bjorn Of The Dead, which according to Deadline "centers around an Abba tribute band who find themselves, along with various other tribute acts, trapped in a nightclub at the start of the apocalypse. Bjorn and his band must work together to save themselves, humanity, and the future of music."
So you've got Dickinson, the apocalypse, and presumably a bunch of Abba music covered by Dickinson's fake band Abbatoir. What's not to love here?
Bjorn Of The Dead comes from director Elza Kephart (Slaxx), was written by co-producer (and Bruce Dickinson's son) Austin Dickinson, is based on an original story by Andrew Prendergast, and is produced by both Austin Dickinson and Prendergast.
"We are thrilled to be making this blood-drenched gore fest from Austin's super funny, terrifying, cautionary tale about the inner workings of the music industry," said Prendergast.
"I'm absolutely honored to be working with Raven Banner on this crazy adventure" added Austin Dickinson. "Andrew, Elza, and myself can't wait for you guys to see what's in store. Get your spandex on, preen your wigs, and sharpen your axes. Bjorn is coming."
The following is a full synopsis of Bjorn Of The Dead: "Bjorn, lead singer in Abbatoir, and his band mates Benny, Anni-Frid, and Agnetha spend their weekends covering Abba classics at a variety of increasingly depressing venues, from old folks' homes to empty pub back rooms. It's a grind and the band is ready to call it a day when Benny, the band's oldest and most needy member, hears of a Battle Of The Bands competition for tribute bands at The Niney Dimey.
"As the band arrives to load in their gear, things begin to go awry rather quickly. A disturbance in the main room of the venue rapidly gets out of control forcing Bjorn and his band to take cover backstage. Some of the other bands are injured from the fracas outside, injuries which soon present a problem when the wounded begin to metamorphose into bloodthirsty undead."