January 18, 1999

Murder with a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup. It is a scene that would leave Andy Warhol in fits of ecstasy. Anyway, Araki’s favorite piece of ass, James Duval stars in this day in the life tale of Dark, a boy with many problems – a noncommittal bisexual girlfriend (sexy Rachel True, also known as Drew Carey’s neighbor), a bitchy mother and a bunch of X-ing friends, not to mention his budding bi-curiousity and a space alien that keeps zapping people. The Kafka-esque ending will leave you in stitches…or maybe ‘busting’ them. Literally, because you may puke your guts out…

I’m not sure how they managed to make Christina Applegate, Rose McGowan and Traci Lords ugly, but damn, they did it. They didn’t have to work at all on Shannen Doherty. She was born that way.

Seriously, there is something about this film that is even more hopeless than The Doom Generation. It’s not the deaths of Egg (Naivety) and Bart (Addiction) or even the suicide attempt of Ducky (Loneliness) or the murder of Handjob (Hatred). It is the possession and disintegration of Montgomery that is so hopeless. Montgomery’s end represents the end of all hope, the possibility that things can get better, that the world can be changed by the young generation. All attempts at change will be assimilated….


Year – 1997
Rating – R
Runtime – 82 minutes
Genre – Gregg Araki
Director(s) – Gregg Araki
Writer(s) – Gregg Araki
Actor(s) – James Duval, Rachel True, Christina Applegate, Kathleen Robertson, Ryan Phillippe
BOB Rating – Four BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Dogs eating people is cool!" - Lilith (Heather Graham)