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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
A Disturbing film about a disturbing man, 19 July 2000
Author: A-Ron-2 from Storrs, CT
GG Allin was easily one of the most unpleasant and untalented individuals in
the annals of rock music. He was crude, violent and utterly insane. Seeing
him live was more like seeing a side-show Geek than going to a show. He
hurled feces, he assaulted the audience, he was usually beaten up or
arrested before the show even started... yet, there will always be a certain
part of me that will miss him.
GG was a force, a wild ride rather than an individual. He demonstrated a total lack of empathy for other human beings and I believe people who say that he probably would have been a serial killer if he had not become an 'artist.'
However, regardless of an of this, Todd Phillips documentary on the man is utterly brilliant. It passes no judgment on the man or his music, but documents a phenomenon. Phillips looks at GG with unflinching honesty and does not try to sugarcoat the reality of the disturbed individual who lashed out at the world around him.
If you have any interest in documentaries and how they SHOULD be done, look no farther than Hated, which is an honest and serious look at the psychopathology of one lone outsider.
17 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
Long live the outlaw scumf**k, 1 December 2002
Author: Jake from Springfield, MO
GG was talentless , GG was insane , GG was disturbed..yep thats all true. The man had no talent (even though I have all his albums..funny stuff)..he was basically just this hateful defiant violent person that didn't give a damn about his life or anyone elses. Todd Phillips disturbing documentary takes us into his world of defiance and destruction. It features some insane characters besides GG ..like Dino the naked drummer who exposed himself to a little girl only to reply "I was just teasing her"..and Allin's weirdo brother Merle with his scary moustache. Includes some very sick scenes , but the most disturbing has got to be the final concert at the Gas Station in New York..it is undescrible but almost a chaotic barrage of nudity , rioting , violence , and a search for heroin that would kill him the next day. No one will ever hold a candle to this sick individual ..maybe thats a good thing
18 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
One-sided., 10 August 2005
Author: InjunNose from Alabama
First off, let me say that I found "Hated" to be a very entertaining film, and I believe that G.G. Allin was as legitimate an American folksinger as Leadbelly or Woody Guthrie (his material was more, ummm...specialized, but listen to 'Gypsy Motherf*cker', 'Liquor-Slicked Highway', or 'Shove That Warrant Up Your Ass' to get an idea of what I'm talking about). But rather than being a balanced portrait, "Hated" is largely a performance. Some people will just respond, "So?" after reading that. But it matters because this film takes itself soooooo seriously. There are serious moments in it, of course, but there's a lot of humor as well...and a lot of artifice on Allin's part. Did he have a horrible childhood? Yes, by all accounts. Was there a time when his onstage antics were more sincere than when "Hated" was filmed? Yes--just check out the archival footage of his spoken-word performance in Boston in 1988; he wasn't kidding around. (Actually, the excerpts featured in the film don't even reveal all of the embarrassing, frightening, and nakedly emotional moments of that performance; you'll have to track down a bootleg video or DVD to see the whole enchilada.) But why, at thirty-six or thirty-seven--when you're out of prison and looking relatively healthy, and you've achieved at least some level of notoriety--do you still feel the need to cut yourself, eat your own sh*t, and beat up your fans? The answer is that G.G. Allin apparently DIDN'T want to do this anymore. Just before his death, according to biographer Joe Coughlin, Allin said that he wanted to retire from the punk scene and go into country music. And why not? When you're approaching forty, you simply can't withstand the kind of self-abuse that Allin's fans had come to expect. But he soldiered on for another couple of years, doing precisely what WAS expected of him, and he died because of it (if indirectly). G.G. Allin had a natural, genuine talent, but he painted himself into a corner pretty early on. He had a daughter, he was a fan of Captain Kangaroo, and at one time he was possessed of a damned fine singing voice. The monstrous character that he played--and sometimes became--was interesting, but it's a shame that "Hated" lets us see only that facet of his personality.
16 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
Excellent Documentary, 20 May 1999
Author: Voivod-2 from Berkeley, CA
Although he passed away in a typical rock star way (heroin overdose) in
1993, nothing else in GG's life could ever be considered typical. Yes, it
true that GG Allin makes Marilyn Manson look like a Sunday school teacher,
but to focus on that is missing the point of this movie. As a fan of rock
music, I can understand exactly where GG is coming from when he says that
there is a great void in rock music today, that there is no soul behind
stars of the music industry. Where is the senseless destruction? Where is
the violence? Where is the hyper-obscene sexuality that once offended
legions of conservative suburbanites in the 1950's and 60's? Feeling that
since he is the only one with the guts to do anything about it, GG took it
upon himself to single-handedly compensate for all the boring
rock stars that anxiously collect royalty checks and live in $10 million
mansions. GG willingly suffered to be a martyr for rock music, frequently
going so far that once, warrants were out for his arrest in at least seven
states at the same time! One scene that particularly hit me was this: GG
shown walking out of a court room after being handed down one of the many
prison sentences he received in his life. As he walks by the camera, he
exclaims triumphantly, "They're trying to destroy rock and roll but they
CAN'T DO IT!" It is strange for me to admit that as a touching statement,
especially when said by a man who is repeatedly shown sprawled out naked
stage, smothered in his own blood, urine, and feces, but at the same time,
you wonder-- does anyone else out there in that nameless faceless monolith
of rock give a damn about what they're doing enough to sacrifice their
for the name of it?
This movie is not for casual patrons of rock-- only a true lover of it will be able to transcend the gruesome, appetite-suppressing, often vomit-inducing qualities of the film. Endlessly fascinating, pathetic, disgusting, tragic, and perplexing, Hated is one the greatest rock documentaries ever made.
12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
One of the best rock docos going!, 28 January 2005
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness
Is the GG Allin seen on-screen in this doco the "real" GG Allin?
Frankly, THAT remains to be seen because GG on camera is a different GG
to the guy who appeared occasionally at LA's Mondo-Video-A-Go-Go and
shot the breeze with The Colonel, the store's proprietor.
The GG essayed on film by Todd Phillips is a force of angry nature, a punk with no discernible talent for music but a blazing talent for notoriety, anarchy and illegality.
What a true warts-and-all docu this is. Its jagged, freewheeling style perfectly mirrors the personal style of its fascinating subject. GG isn't likable in a standard way, but he's a damn courageous nutbag and intensely interesting for the angst he peddles.
Interviews with Deano (the naked drummer), brother Merle (with his Hitler moustache) and ex-members of GG's band, The Murder Junkies, are priceless. Also of bottomless merit is a wild clip where GG gets wasted, heads to a party and pays some skank to urinate into his mouth.
The concert footage is gold, and so is one live performance where a mean-spirited GG (is there any other kind?) slashes himself up and begs a female fan to finish the job. For her efforts, the fan cops a beating.
An interview with GG's old school principal, a vague ex-Hippie, is unforgettable.
One of the best rock docos going and entertaining from beginning to end.
Director Phillips, who also did the disturbing SCREWED, now directs Hollywood forgettables such as ROAD TRIP and OLD SCHOOL.
8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Revolting yet fascinating, 13 June 2001
Author: sick_boy420xxx (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Buffalo, NY
GG Allin was truly something else. The man had no musical talent
whatsoever, yet had probably one of the most loyal fan bases in rock music.
This is despite the fact that he beat up, assaulted, and even raped audience
members during concerts he gave...and more often than not ended up in jail
because of it. His concerts were more of a war zone, filled with bodily
fluid, violence, and musical assault. As a "fan", or more an observer of
GG's music, I was quick to pick up this documentary about the man, and I
must admit, I was thourougly impressed with it. It contains what probably
are some of the most disturbing and utterly disgusting images I have ever
seen. GG was known for performing shows naked, and defecating on
stage...then rubbing the result all over himself. I can bet that most
people would have a hard time watching a video of this event...which is
shown here...and would find it hard to even imagine seeing GG in concert
live. GG was also somewhat remembered as the guy who said he would commit
suicide onstage for rock, only to die of a heroin overdose.
Overall, this film was a no holds barred look at the life of this infamous rock 'n' roll "legend", and one that was actually quite revealing into the how and whys of his life through interviews with him, friends, family, and fans. There is quite a few disturbing and absolutely disgusting images, including moments from live shows, as well as a scene a fan talks about with a camera there to document it. This particular scene is just beyond description...and as not to spoil it should you attempt to watch this film, I refuse to comment further.
GG was definitely one of the outlaws and revolutionaries in the rock and roll industry, paving the way for such artists as Marilyn Manson and others doing nasty things on stage and this documentary is worth it to see just what created this rock and roll myth and the "legend" behind it. Recommended, but be prepared for a lot of nastiness going in.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Enough to frighten the viewer right back to their Bing Crosby records, 27 December 2006
Author: TimothyFarrell from Worcester, MA
G.G. Allin died of a heroin overdose in 1993. What a typical death for
such an untypical rock 'n' roller. Often when watching extreme cinema,
you can relax by reassuring yourself its only a movie. This isn't the
case with this documentary. G.G. Allin was completely real, completely
derange, and oddly compelling. You can get a glimpse of him in this
student film, feces and all. G.G. has become a legend not because of
his music (which was amusing but pretty crappy) but because of his
transgressive stage antics. Unlike other shock-rockers such as Marilyn
Manson, G.G. Allin was the real thing. He was one disturbed, messed-up
individual witness by the interviews caught on camera. Hes by far one
of the most misanthropic individuals out there and (depending on your
definition) possibly the living embodiment of the punk rock lifestyle.
"Hated" is a bit one-sided, but gives the viewer a good idea just why the man is one of underground music's most infamous participants. G.G.'s stage act would often involve performing completely nude (the man had a disgustingly small endowment), eating ex-lax and rubbing his feces all over himself, shoving the microphone up a certain orifice, and many other shocking acts along the lines. The documentary captures him in all his, err, glory. I wouldn't in my right mind recommend this to most people, but for those interested in the fringes of culture with a strong stomach, it carries interest. One thing for sure, there's never going to be another G.G. He's enough to frighten the viewer right back to their Bing Crosby records. (6/10)
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Live Fast - DIE!!!, 28 May 2006
Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic
Any of you that know anything at all about G.G. Allin should know what
to expect from this one. If not - ya may as well leave this one alone.
G.G. was a "true" punk who really just didn't give a f!ck about
anything. Often performing nude, defecating on stage and rubbing it all
over himself and sometimes eating it, assaulting the crowds, inciting
riots - Allin was the REAL definition of the anti-social,
drug-and-alcohol abusing, outlaw/anarchist punk.
HATED tells a bit about Allin's upbringing in a small town in Vermont, and follows right up until his heroin-induced death. There are interviews with previous friends and classmates, teachers, former and present band-mates, a rabid fan named "Unk", as well as G.G. himself. Of course, G.G.'s insane live performances including several shows with him and his band, The Murder Junkies, are shown, along with a few spoken-word performances. One truly notable scene is from a party at Unk's house, where a girl agrees to p!ss in G.G.'s mouth as he drinks it and then pukes all over himself. The only gripe I had with the film as a whole, is that at only around 50 minutes, it was too damn short as Allin is such a "character", that I could watch his antics for hours...
I have to say that HATED is definitely one of the most entertaining docu's I've ever seen. It could have been a little more in-depth - but it covered most of the topics and origins of Allin and his band in an acceptable manner. Definitely essential viewing for any G.G. fans, or fans of subversive punk-rock, or docu-lovers in general...9/10
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
GG Allin is God!, 14 July 2006
Author: Chris Barry from Canada
Hated is one of the most unique films you will ever have a chance to
see in your film-going life. Taking one of the most seriously committed
artists to ever 'grace' the American soundscape, Philips turns out a
documentary that captures not only the spirit, energy and intensity of
GG Allin, but also provides a very good context for Allin's life and
GG was a lot of things to many different of people, but if there is one thing everyone can agree upon it's that GG was extreme.
GG was born in New Hampshire, but made a name for himself in the underground downtown NY punk scene of the early 80s. This was around the same time Sonic Youth, Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, Pussy Galore, Foetus and Lydia Lunch were making the club rounds. These were the names that influenced American underground culture for about twenty years and GG was definitely one of the most risible and visible members of this scene.
Hated is a great film in its own right, showing the obvious, early talents of Todd Philips who would later grow up to be a Hollywood director in what must seem like another life to him. This is Philips at his most acerbic and the wit he shows is great. He also treats GG with considerable tolerance and respect, which almost backfires because you see how GG tries to alienate him at every turn. Despite this smokescreen, Philips captures something genuinely human about Allin, his misery, his sadness and his frustration but also his drive to create art and to challenge a society he saw as essentially hypocritical, empty, pathologically ill and discriminiatory; elements he himself flaunted in his most angry performances.
GG had been doing shows and making albums for about ten years when this film was shot. He was no longer a young man and a life of poverty, drug abuse and vagrancy had finally begun to take its toll. A stretch in prison also deeply affected him. GG died of a heroin overdose soon after.
A lot of this doc consists of very well appropriated footage from various shows, readings and performances Allin did during this time. You can find the uncut performances from other sources and its interesting to see what Philips used and what he didn't. GG's performances were actually far more frightening and depressing than Philips shows, if you can actually believe that, but I think the clips were accurate overall.
I once had the opportunity to have drinks with Kembra Phahler of Volumptuous Horror of Karen Black fame and she told me a little bit about her friendship with Allin and made an interesting comment in that Allin's self-destruction may have had much more to do with his drug addiction than his penchant for extreme performances. A lot of people feel that had Allin lived, he would have become a country or blues artist. It's hard to think about what we missed, or what GG missed, through his early departure.
Even if you think you'll hate GG Allin, or feel this isn't for you, you should really give it a shot. A lot of people I know who hate punk were really fascinated by this entertaining doc. I've probably watched it over thirty times. Whatever your reaction I promise you'll never forget it.
PS: May God bless GG Allin and better luck to him in the next world! Live Fast. Die. GG
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Hated is not for the weak minded., 8 October 2004
Author: Reuben Sala (ReubenSala@yahoo.com) from Covington, Washington
Warning: This Documentary contains images that are NOT to be taken
lightly with children under the age of 16.
Hated has to be my favorite music documentary of all time, I can watch it and be mesmerized by the "Raw, Brutal, Rough and Bloody" feeling I get while watching G.G. Allin. This documentary just follows around G.G. Allin and talks about his life growing up and it also has some people doing interviews, not a lot, but the thing that got me on the DVD version was the last performance he got to do before he died. It was disgusting to say the least, but you don't go to a punk show for the cool lights and watching your favorite band steal the hearts of their teeny bopper fans and bang the hell out of them.
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