Watch out, kids: The Punk Rock Holocaust is coming to Berkeley! This low-budget horror flick pits the satanic, cannibalistic zombie singer of a rejected synth-pop band against the entire roster of pop-punk acts on the Vans Warped Tour. Punk Rock Holocaust was created during the 2003 tour as a tribute to bad acting and even worse production quality, and follows the misadventures of shady tour founder Kevin Lyman and fearless reporter Heather Vantress as they try to solve the mystery of who is killing the bands and concertgoers. A cameo by Troma's Lloyd Kaufman is an added plus for horror buffs.
A blasphemous number of product placements for tour sponsors slightly hamper the film's anticorporate, anti-right-wing, nonconformist message. However, the copious amounts of fake blood, comic-book graphics, loud music, and cute, punky teenagers should distract you from such plot flaws. And if you like acts such as Andrew WK, Rancid, Pennywise, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, then you'll enjoy the clips of their live performances. If you think these bands suck, then you'll enjoy seeing them slaughtered in endlessly creative ways. Plus, local intergalactic heroes the Phenomenauts battle it out with the zombies in a campy massacre scene filmed at their top-secret command center in Oakland. "We are the world's bravest space band and so we try to defend Earth as much as we can, any chance we get," Phenomenauts guitarist and vocalist Angel Nova says of the band's role. "We're from here and we love Earth. So of course we naturally put up a fight."
Killing space bands can be messy, though, as Nova discovered: "We had fake blood covering the entire floor of our five-thousand-square-foot warehouse. And it didn't all come up for at least a month. We had hoses and everything and it was still just everywhere." You can check out the damage Saturday night at 924 Gilman at 10:30 p.m. with director Doug Sakman in person and performances by the Phenomenauts, Teenage Harlots, and Left Alone. The show is wheelchair-accessible. Call 510-525-9926 for info.
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