HATED is an unblinking look at the late G.G. Allin, a professional misfit who took punk rock to extremes that many may have fantasized but few (if any) had the stomach to explore. Examples include: physical attacks on his audience; self-mutilation with razor blades, broken bottles, and
microphones (Allin once slammed a mike so hard into his head that he knocked out seven teeth); onstage defecation and coprophragy. His goal was to commit suicide onstage, and most who knew him believed he'd do it.
Nor were any of these outrages random, spontaneous instances of punk frenzy. Allin acted this way all the time. His standard stage costume consisted entirely of boots and a dog collar (and not because he looked good that way). He was jailed more than 10 times, and served prison terms for assault.
The film begins with him breaking parole after serving two years in a Michigan prison.
Allin may have recorded more than 20 albums and EPs since 1979, but there's no evidence that he had anything remotely resembling musical talent: even his spoken word "performances" seen here are nothing more than incoherent assaults on his audiences. The only thing he had to say was "I hate
everything," though to give him his due he seemed perfectly sincere about it. ("He pretty much does hate everyone," says his brother and bass player Merle.)
Filmmaker Todd Phillips deserves credit for having the stomach to have spent enough time with Allin to make this documentary. More than once during HATED you'll be glad it's such a low budget affair--there are plenty of Allin's antics that you wouldn't want to see in any more than the minimal
detail visible here. After the film was made, Allin died of a heroin overdose; the video of HATED features additional footage of Allin's funeral. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, adult situations, substance abuse, extreme profanity.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: NR
- Review: HATED is an unblinking look at the late G.G. Allin, a professional misfit who took punk rock to extremes that many may have fantasized but few (if any) had the stomach to explore. Examples include: physical attacks on his audience; self-mutilation with raz… (more)