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Scorpio Rising (1964)

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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Ernie Allo ...
Joker (uncredited)
Bruce Byron ...
Scorpio (uncredited)
Frank Carifi ...
Leo (uncredited)
Steve Crandell ...
Blondie (uncredited)
Johnny Dodds ...
Kid (uncredited)
Bill Dorfman ...
Back (uncredited)
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Jesus Christ (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Palone ...
Pinstripe (uncredited)
Barry Rubin ...
Fall Guy (uncredited)
Johnny Sapienza ...
Taurus (uncredited)
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this underground film by cult director Anger. Written by <cl_navarro@infonie.fr>

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10 October 1969 (Denmark)  »

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The church scenes were filmed inside an old church next to the Brooklyn garage where the party was taking place. The church building had been abandoned and was being demolished, and Anger got into it, with his camera, through a broken door. Scorpio's climbing on the altar during the "I Will Follow Him" sequence, delivering an excited political rant, and kicking old prayer-books and hymnals off the railing and to the floor, was all Bruce Byron's idea. The scene during the "Torture" sequence of a young man having his trousers and underwear pulled off, and a full bottle of mustard squeezed onto his naked abdomen, was the club initiation of a new member - having mustard rubbed over the groin and testicles, which caused a burning sensation but was not permanently harmful. See more »

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Performed by The Surfaris
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King of Kings Reference
28 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During the early 80's I attended many screenings where Anger was present to introduce "Scorpio Rising." The clips of Jesus are not from "King of Kings" as one viewer wrote,but according to Anger, the clips are from a religious instruction film that he received by mistake one day while he was editing the film. He took it as sign to use some clips in the film. This is a great work of art and one of the best and most influential underground films ever created. It's influence on the modern music video and other aspects of popular culture cannot be dismissed. I urge everyone to get the 2 volume DVD set that's out now. Check out Anger's other films among them "Puce Moment," "Rabbit's Moon," and "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome."

"It's my happening and it freaks me out!"


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