In the latest edition of Merriweather TV (the official TV show of Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD), our pal Dixie Cup checks in with Doug Sakmann (director of Punk Rock Holocaust 3) while he murders Peelander Zas well as some of the fans at the latest installment of the Vans Warped Tour at Merriweather!
“They seem like such a perfect match. Each represents the outside edge of their respective mediums, a specific subgenre that caters to a very select, eclectic few. While many can argue that there are universal elements involved – to wit, the desire to be scared or the need to rock and roll – it is clear that not everyone embraces these extreme entertainment entities. No, it takes a true type of enthusiast to enjoy the intensity of punk or the fear factors of horror. So imagine what it would be like to meld these two totally intense concepts together, to construct a movie around the separate but equal elements of whiplash, aggressive music and the similarly violent statements of the cinematic variety Voorhees built. What would such a peculiar merger look and sound like?
The answer, interestingly enough, is incredibly FUNNY! Yep, that’s right. In the rather recent tradition of Midnight Skater, Shaun of the Dead and Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker, the combination of the slacker and slayer, the terrifying and the rib tickling has turned the creature feature on its head, proving that scary and silly can easily co-exist and even compliment each other. You can now add Punk Rock Holocaust to that list of amazing amalgamations. With Van’s annual Warped Tour as a backdrop, and what has to be the highest body count in any movie EVER MADE, Doug Sakmann’s lunatic love letter to bloodletting and mosh pitting is big, brash power chord layered across the entire DIY mentality of the music, and the moviemaking, he’s championing. And the results are amazingly insane.
What Punk Rock Holocaust does best is play to the excesses inherent in both the world of power pop hardcore and extreme sports, the two areas Warped founder Kevin Lyman has used to forge a successful showcase empire. The unfettered energy expressed by the bands and their fans is funneled into this film, folded and mutilated a little by Sakmann’s desire to gently tweak the entire corporate rock sponsorship angle of the modern music biz, and expelled like so much pus from a flesh wound. Using subtle asides to the audience (the constant reference to Warped’s $25 ticket price, the numerous, noticeable product placements for things like Yoo-hoo and Monster Power Drink, etc.) and actually providing a little cynical commentary about the entire post-millennial punk movement (Lyman has a clever speech in which he rationalizes feeding the dead fans to the live ones in some manner of strange “circle of life” conceit), Sakmann socks us with one amazing moment after another, be it in the live arena (all the concert footage is great) or the realm of the ridiculous and repulsive.”
About the original Punk Rock Holocaust;
“Punk Rock Holocaust truly turns the amps up to eleven in a way that Spinal Tap would never have dared.”
“Doug Sakmann’s lunatic love letter to bloodletting and mosh pitting is (a) big, brash power chord layered across the entire DIY mentality of the music and moviemaking he’s championing. And the results are amazingly insane.”
“Doug Sakmann’s mixture of tour commentary and George A Romero-style gore is the most original twist on the rock video genre in a long, long time.”
– Raindance Film Festival
“A mutant love child from the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis and the early work of Penelope Spheeris, who documented the late 70’s/early 80’s LA punk world in “The Decline of Western Civilization”.”
“Punk Rock Holocaust is a movie documenting one of those special mergers like chocolate and peanut butter, only this time it is rock music and horror.”
– Terror Tube.com
Quotes about Punk Rock Holocaust 2;
“Punk Rock Holocaust 2 touches parts of (the punk) aesthetic that usually are left pretty much unexplored and/or unscathed. As a result, this fabulous fright farce earns a Highly Recommended rating. Those who like it louder, faster, nastier and nuttier need apply…Thanks to the devious Doug Sakmann, all your simplistic chord progression tendencies will be sufficiently satisfied – and then some.”
Bill Gibron – DVDtalk.com
“If you want comedy, bloodshed, and quality live footage, this is definitely the movie to provide it…With hilarious antics, gore, and high caliber music, Punk Rock Holocaust 2 is a rollercoaster ride of chopped limbs, severed heads and mosh pits.”
– Unbound Zine
“Lots of energy, lots of music, lots of B-film blood, plenty of tongue in cheek, even some half-pipe stunts! Punk Rock Holocaust 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original, beyond a shadow of a doubt.”
Grand Guignol – BScared.com – 3.5 out of 4 Stars
“(Sakmann) not only amps up the kitsch factor, but seems to enjoy the downright goofiness he subjects the bands and audience to”
Rue Mourge Review – June 2008