Araki’s director’s cut of the 1995 surreal road movie will be released in cinemas again this April. Watch the exclusive restoration trailer here.
Since its radical release in 1995, indie filmmaker Gregg Araki’s wild, violent and erotic “The Doom Generation” has mostly been available on mediocre DVD releases and occasional repertory prints. Araki’s fifth feature film and the second part of his tiniapocalypse trilogy — book entry Totally Fucked Up and Nowhere — The Doom Generation is about to reopen in 4K thanks to a new restoration. Watch the new trailer, an IndieWire exclusive, below.
In Araki’s chaotic highway nightmare, on their way home from a wild night at a Los Angeles club, young lovers Jordan White (James Duval) and Amy Blue (Rose McGowan) pick up a dangerously handsome drifter named Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech). Jordan has no problem offering Xavier a quick ride, but his acid-tongued girlfriend thinks he’s a creep. When Xavier accidentally kills a convenience store clerk, they are forced to flee, crossing a bizarre and extremely violent America. Somehow, every random thug, drive-thru operator, and neo-Nazi they encounter seems to recognize Amy as a past aberration or alter ego, adding to the already explosive sexual tension rife between the renegade trio.
With scenes edited for the 1995 theatrical release restored in 4K, this version reflects the director’s cut that Araki intended. The film has been completely reworked and re-edited to meet today’s technological standards. The audio has been remastered in the new 5.1 mix to complement the new audio standards.
“The Doom Generation” plays April 7 at the IFC Theater in New York, where Araki will introduce the film, as well as the Music Box in Chicago and the Alamo Drafthouse in Los Angeles, among other dates and theaters in the area. country in the coming weeks.
However, the New York premiere of the restoration will be screened at BAM on April 6 as part of NewFest’s upcoming “Queering the Canon: Totally Radical” series, followed by a Q&A with Gregg Araki.
“When ‘Living End’ came out, it was so polarizing in the gay community,” Gregg Araki explained to “Fire Island” director Andrew Ahn in a recent interview with IndieWire. “Jim Stark, the producer, said to me, ‘You make these gay movies that gay people hate. Too punk rock for the gays and they hate them. So he says, “If you make a straight movie, I’ll produce it and you’ll get real money for it.” And I was like, ‘Okay, sure,’ because shit. Why not? That’s why “Doom Generation” is subtitled “A Heterosexual Movie.” So I made this straight movie, but in a very punk rock bravura way, it became so gay.”
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