Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Season 1 Episode 8

You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 02, 2006 on TNT
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Episode Summary

You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band
A wrong turn on a lonely road turns frightening for Clark and Mary Willingham as they stumble upon a town not on any map - Rock and Roll Heaven, Oregon. There is a free concert every night, but the price of admission is high - once the audience enters, it can never leave.moreless

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  • I waited a long time to Rock 'n Roll Heaven come to the screen.

    I have always loved the short story Rock 'n Roll Heaven. I was very excited to find out that it was included in Nightmares and Dreamscapes series. It was a perfect ending. I was not real big on some of the other episodes. This one made it worth watching the others. I've been on those deserted back roads of Oregon which seem to close in on you and transport you to another dimension. I've often suspected that I would end up somewhere like this. Just the thought of all of the legends of rock 'n roll ending up at the same place. What a concept. This could only have been better if it had been longer and included more details about these "not living" legends.moreless
  • Weak!

    Wow this show really went from being entertaining and somewhat scary in the earlier episodes to complete rubbish in the last few episodes. Guess they saved the worst ones for last. The first part of the story is completely predictable. It’s been done a thousand times. “Oh I’m lost in the woods! Oh I’m going to find something strange.” This time its dead rock stars. That’s the only twist. Everything else is old folks. Very old. Kim Delaney is still looking good though. That’s the only positive thing in this whole thing. Nice cleavage too. Other than that… find something else to do. And by the way, how annoying was the husband, Clark? What a complete moron!moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes, and a great end to the show.

    I feel this episode was one of the best in the series. It is similar to ‘Crouch End’, where a stubborn husband and a suspicious wife take a road trip, and get lost along the way, and later find themselves in a strange area. While ‘Crouch End’ set a more dark and eerie atmosphere by using dark lighting and supernatural creatures, I feel that "you know they have a hell of a band" was better, because it created the same suspenseful atmosphere like "Crouch End", but by using bright colors and celebrity look-alikes, instead of using ghostly cats or spider like monsters (from Crouch End).

    Even though I loved this episode, I personally hoped that something bad would happen to Steven Weber's character Clark, since he got Mary into this whole mess.

    This episode shows that you don't need a haunted house or a dark night to scare yourself. Stephen King can use a rock concert at daylight to send a chill down your spine. I only wish that they hadn't put this as the last of the series, because it is so good, I feel like watching more stories of this kind.moreless
  • Impressively haunting atmosphere!

    What a perfect bookend to the series! A perfect match for the second show in the premiere, Crouch End. Both this episode and Crouch End provide an eerie symmetry. Two goofy, irritating husbands who deserve everything they get through their own stupidity and arrogance. And two broken wives who deserve better than what they've got sitting next to them in the car.

    It was the "road to Heaven" that made this episode so memorable. It harkens back to every fear lying in wait in the Collective Unconscious. And then there is the town, its houses, and inhabitants. As Mary says, it's the "Hansel and Gretel House" at the end of the road out of the woods that screams "turn around and get out!" But the wilfull Clark pulls the most stubbornly stupid act since Tippi Hedren went up the staircase in The Birds and just must have his Coke at the diner. Coke and cherry pie. Put it on his tombstone!

    A fabulous end to a very good short series.moreless
  • "Hail, hail the band's all here." A young couple gets lost and stumbles upon a fork in the road that will lead them to "Heaven" where it's, "All Rock & Roll, All The Time," and their lives will change forever.moreless

    Once again I'll say that this story sticks close enough to the original but I liked the original better. I think the imagery is better in the printed one. I also think that although the series is holding my interest, the stories would have worked even better had they been half hour ones. I did enjoy the portrayals of the various rock legends though. I also thought that Steven Weber and Kim Delaney did good jobs. I loved that Elvis was the Mayor, after all, there have been theories about him still being alive ever since he did, so I got an ironic chuckle out of this one. I'll give this one a thumbs up but I highly recomend reading the story.moreless
Bert Labonte

Bert Labonte

Otis Redding

Guest Star

William McNamara

William McNamara

Ricky Nelson

Guest Star

Joe Sagal

Joe Sagal

Elvis Presley

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the scene in which Ricky Nelson is being driven through town on top of "Mustang Sally", the car keeps switching between having a hubcap on the front driver's side tire and not having one. The only time we see the car actually lose a hubcap is a few scenes later when it runs into the bus, and we see a hubcap roll off in the dust.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mary: Clark, I said okay that doesn't change how I feel.
      Clark: Okay.
      Mary: So you'll have to excuse me if I decline to put my cheerleading skirt on and yell "Go Clark Go."

    • Alan Freed: Let's go…because rock and roll will never die!
      Mary: That's what I'm afraid of.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Differences from the story: the brief stop at the diner, Mary seeing them as aged, and the tree blocking the road.

    • As the Willinghams becomes lost on the way to Heaven, one-liner after one-liner tossed between them are song lyrics from 60s and 70s rock songs.


    • Clark: It's not some Tolkien Fantasy.

      J.R.R. Tolkien was the author of the epic novel, The Lord Of The Rings which is set if a fantasy world, and based around a long journey. The book was made into three movies in the early 2000s.

    • As Mary and Clark arrive in town, Mary remarks at how the town reminds her of an episode from The Twilight Zone.

    • The title comes from a line from the Righteous Brothers' song "Rock and Roll Heaven". The town in the episode gets its name from the same source.