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by brianorndorf

"Turns out the poop thing was the least of GG Allin's problems"
4 stars

GG Allin wasn’t simply a hardcore performer, he was a cult legend of the music genre, riding his potent brand of lunacy into the dark recesses of performance and media frenzy. Allin was a unique punk personality, a frightening human being when provoked, and, to some, a feces-smeared deity.

“Hated” is a pistol-whipped documentary about GG and his band The Murder Junkies as they tried to assemble a tour of America in the early 1990s. Starting life as a 10-minute NYU student project from director Todd Phillips (“Old School”), “Hated” grew to a more intimidating stature as the filmmaker drilled deeper into GG’s behavior and attempted the unthinkable: to sympathize with a monster.

A scrappy 16mm, 51-minute-long feature, “Hated” is the ultimate document of GG and his fire-breathing sense of self. It’s a tangled story of a young, soft-spoken boy named Jesus Christ Allin who was soon baptized in the loogie-drenched waters of punk rock and set out to destroy himself through the arena of live performance. Briefly tracing his youth, Phillips isn’t offering an explanation of future habits, but merely provides a glance at GG and the birth of his ferocity, leading to his famous spoken-word years, acts of self-mutilation, and idolatry of John Wayne Gacy (who provides the film’s opening quote).

Rumbling around the punk scene for years, “Hated” picks up GG as he embarks on another round of musicianship with band members Merle Allin (GG’s brother) and nude, flighty drummer Dino Sex. The following tour, as well as much of the theatrics presented in “Hated,” is prompted by Phillips himself, who pokes a stick at GG and films the results. Of course, GG doesn’t need much in the provocation department, but it’s interesting to watch “Hated” unfurl not only as visual proof of GG’s antics, but also for Phillips to live out a part of his rock star trainwreck wet dreams.

GG’s infamous anti-social life soon permits him a booking on “Geraldo” to better butter his murky message of anarchy; it takes him to the campus of NYU where he promptly peels a banana and shoves up his rear end; we also see fragments of the tour, leading to several hilarious/revolting scenes of GG either beating his fans or defecating on the stage and smearing the results all over his face. You gotta love attention whores and their unshakable foundation of shock value.

Of course there are many, such as Merle or fanboy “Unk,” who proclaim Allin to be a misunderstood genius; that his theatrical style of performance and rage was a comment on social ills. I’m not 100% sure about that thinking, but I will admit that GG’s legend still holds incredible power and his stage-based acts of aggression and bodily functions took him places few dared to go. GG Allin was a self-made spokesman for a subculture, and “Hated” is the ultimate presentation of his dementia.

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12/18/10 Danzigger Film gives little insight but is an interesting watch 3 stars
8/21/07 Ole Man Bourbon That's one show I'm glad I missed 4 stars
7/13/06 jason i thought this film was great. a good 101 lesson for grads of the decline of western civ. 5 stars
10/31/05 K. Sear Interesting since it proves that G.G. was nothing more than a hack and his fans sheep. 3 stars
5/13/05 Indrid Cold Hearing about Allin's extremeness is more fun than seeing it, but still worth a look. 4 stars
8/31/04 tatum Informative, but nowhere near long enough 4 stars
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  02-Feb-1994 (NR)
  DVD: 09-Jun-1998

  02-Apr-1994 (18)


Directed by
  Todd Phillips

Written by

  GG Allin
  Merle Allin
  Shireen Kadivar
  Dee Dee Ramone
  Geraldo Rivera

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