Hated: Special Edition Todd Phillips

Hated: Special Edition Todd Phillips

Hated, is generally seen as the end of the line for "performance artist” and musician G.G. Allin. Documenting the career "highs” and lows of the controversial artist, best known for violence, defecation and politically incorrect songs, the film follows Allin’s chaotic final U.S. tour (plagued with riots and arrests) before his death via heroin overdose in 1993, reflects on his past in order to understand his antisocial behaviour and just kinds of witnesses the debacle unfold. Regardless of the offensive subject matter though, Hated, is a shocking and compelling look into one twisted life. The film — a class project by then-student Todd Phillips — may feel loaded with depressing finality and wasted life but it’s also a beginning. It kick-started punk rock martyrdom for Allin, as well as Phillips’ own budding directorial career, which produced more respected tomfoolery such as Old School and Road Trip. Released in countless formats since its 1994 debut, one might feel another version of Hated is pointless but with extras including G.G.-inspired tattoos, a poster gallery, interviews with Allin’s mother and band the Murder Junkies, commentaries and music videos, this edition truly is special. (MVD)