Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson to star in ABBA cover band horror film, ‘Bjorn of the Dead’

Today in worlds colliding, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson will star in a horror movie about an ABBA tribute band, Deadline reports. It’s called Bjorn of the Dead, and it was written and co-produced by Bruce’s son, Andrew Dickinson, who also previously fronted the bands Rise To Remain and As Lions. The film is based on an original story by Andrew Prendergast, who also co-produced, and directed by Elza Kephart (Slaxx). Other rock and metal cameos are promised too.

The synopsis, via Deadline, reads:

The horror comedy is set in the world of tribute bands. 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.

Prendergast said, “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.”

Read more at Deadline and stay tuned for more details on the film.

Meanwhile, Bruce’s first solo album in nearly 20 years, The Mandrake Project, is arriving in 2024. Lead single “Afterglow of Ragnarok” arrives on December 1 and you can check out a clip below.

There’s also a new Iron Maiden graphic novel coming, and we’ve got a version with an exclusive JG Jones “Trooper Cover” up for pre-order now and limitd to 500. Pick one up while they last, and check out more Maiden merch in the BV shop.