I’m a Horror guy. I’m a Metal guy. That means Jon Mikl Thor means something to me, and if you are unfamiliar with his name or his music or his supreme being-ness than do we have a documentary to prime your pump. I Am Thor coming to you from Dark Sky Films follows both the history of Jon Mikl Thor as well as an attempt by Thor to rise from the ashes and regain his former greatness.
I first found out about Thor from watching Rock N’ Roll Nightmare. He’s featured prominently on the cover and plays a major role in the film. I knew he was in Recruits and Zombie Nightmare, but what I never realized was the extent of his career in Metal outside of the cinema. I suspected he was a successful bodybuilder from his physique. Perhaps the greatest part of watching I Am Thor is learning to what extent a man will go to secure his legacy and to do what he loves. I Am Thor is a story of heart.
The movie is a mixed bag of Thor’s accomplishments as well as his attempt to rise to stardom once again. You follow him through archival footage as he blows up hot water bottles with his mouth to the point of exploding, bending steel bars and generally rocking. Then you watch as band mates come and go and follow the struggles of reforming a once great Metal act with the burden of age bearing down. It’s not heartbreaking mind you. This isn’t a sad bastard movie that follows the decline of a “has been”. This is a triumph of a man over circumstance; the attempt to be great and to lead the life Thor was meant to live. How many of us can say we follow our dreams? Thor did and does even if the result isn’t always perfect and the outcome wasn’t necessarily the overwhelming success story we hope for.
The movie looks great and is a well shot documentary. Dark Sky knows how to pick movies that challenge, innovate and enlighten. There’s a little bit of each of those in I Am Thor. You get the trailer which is the only extra.
If you’re a fan of Heavy Metal Horror, get ready to learn about the other side of Thor. If you loved the Heavy Metal of the man, then you can get a more complete picture of his work, life and struggle. I’d liken it to the movie The Wrestler in the sense that you get to watch a once great man try to get a leg up on the time. There’s deep passion. There’s pain. It’s exciting, and you’ll feel it in your heart.
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He has been named one of the greatest front men of all time by Classic Rock magazine, yet true and enduring fame has eluded him. Now, at long last, metal legend Jon Mikl Thor gets the cinematic tribute he so fully deserves in the triumphant, full-throttle I AM THOR, which comes to Digital Download and Dark Sky Films Blu-ray and DVD on January 19, 2016.
Jon Mikl Thor was a blond, bodybuilding, steel-bending, brick-smashing rock star in the 1970s and '80s whose theatrical band THOR hit the scene alongside Metallica and Kiss. He also shared the stage with such top acts as Motorhead, Anvil, Thin Lizzy, W.A.S.P. and Manowar, but he and his band never achieved gold record status.
After a brief but memorable film career saw him starring in the cult classics Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare, Recruits and Zombie Nightmare, Thor all but disappeared from the entertainment map. But 10 years into retirement, and incapable of living like a normal mortal human being, Thor attempts a comeback to achieve the level of success that has eluded him his entire career - a comeback that nearly kills him.
Tracing the rise, fall and rebirth of a determined performer over the course of a career that has seen more than its fair share of highs and lows, I AM THOR paints a fascinating and sometimes unbelievable portrait of this larger-than-life icon.