Nowhere (1997) | Gregg Araki’s anarchic 1997 teen romp is like a US Skins with a touch of the surreal

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HOW’S IT HANGIN’?
Student film-maker Dark Smith (James Duval) and his bisexual girlfriend Mel (Rachel True) hook up with their fellow alternative LA college friends and embark on a series of increasing surreal adventures involving drink, drugs and sexual encounters that result in total chaos at a hedonistic party.

Gregg Araki's Nowhere

THE DIRTY TRUTH
Gregg Araki’s polysexual 1997 teen romp, the last in his Apocalypse trilogy, is worth revisiting both for its exploration of issues like bulimia, drug addiction, sex and suicide, and for the cast of then-unknowns who have since become big names (including Ryan Philippe, Heather Graham and Mena Suvari). Araki’s style is wildly colourful both in its psychedelic, often surreal, visuals and quick-fire toilet humour – think Skins US style with a John Waters vibe.

There’s also his trademark mix-tape of cool tunes, from the likes of Suede, Marilyn Manson and The Chemical Brothers, playing in the background and a host of Hollywood celebrity cameos (Shock horror – Eve Plumb and Christopher Knight from TV’s The Brady Bunch pop up as white trash parents?). The film’s most surreal highlights include a zombie clown carrying a dead dog and an alien lizard vaporising three Valley Girls played by Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty and Traci Lords.

Gregg Araki's Nowhere

THE RELEASE
This Second Sight Region 0 DVD (Cert 18) release, which follows the 2012 DVD re-release of Araki’s The Doom Generation, includes an audio commentary with the director, and actors James Duval, Rachel True and Jordan Ladd.

THE VERDICT
A Might See – mainly because of all the cameos.

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About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on August 26, 2013, in American Indie, Might-See and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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