Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 

USA, 1995, 85 min

Shown in 1995


Gregg Araki
Gregg Araki, Andrea Aperling
Gregg Araki
Jim Fealy
Gregg Araki
James Duval, Rose McGowan, Jonathon Schaech


prod co
Why Not Productions


Gregg Araki in person.
The Doom Generation

Gregg Araki’s first biggish-budget movie (it has a stunning, stylized look) is also his first “heterosexual” film, after four previous “Queer New Wave” films (Totally F***ed Up, SFFIF 1994). Homoerotic overtones abound, however, in the triangular relationship that develops between three beautiful, desensitized and otherwise screwed up youths. Amy Blue, a 17-year-old speed princess, her naive boyfriend Jordan White and a sexy drifter Xavier Red are forced to take to the road after Xavier inadvertently blows the head off a convenience store clerk during an impromptu hold-up. What follows is a hallucinogenic journey into a world of macabre violence and unbridled sexual games, as the enigmatic “X” leads Amy and Jordan deeper and deeper into trouble. The soundtrack (Nine Inch Nails, Porno for Pyros and many more) drives home the theme of lost innocence among an MTV-fed subculture with an in-your-face industrial spit. Several cameo roles (Heidi Fleiss, Margaret Cho, Skinny Puppy, among others) veer the narrative into a bizarre satire that feels like a media-induced nightmare. Araki never takes his foot off the accelerator in this ode to teenage angst—what he calls “The Alienated Teen Pic to End All Alienated Teen Pics—and, oh yeah, it’s a comedy and a love story, too.”