Sworn to Fun…Loyal to None!
The Loveless (1982)
Tuesday, December 13th
Film starts at 9pm
Otto’s Shrunken Head
538 East 14st (between Ave A & B)
As always, free popcorn and $2 Vehicular Bingo for prizes!
This dark tale, “a sort of unholy collision of The Wild One, Kenneth Anger, and Two Lane Blacktop.” (Mondo Video) is also the feature debut of both actor Willem Dafoe and writer/director Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days). Bigelow co-wrote and co-directed the film with Monty Montgomery, who would go on to produce a Cine Meccanica favorite, Wild at Heart. The film also has a kickin’ soundtrack and pacing that is indeed very much a nod to the 1960’s style of Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising. Rockabilly musician Robert Gordon also composed the film’s soundtrack
Vance (Willem Defoe) rolls into a quiet little town to meet some friends Davis (Robert Gordon), Tarver and their chicks. The plan is to ride down to Daytona together and ‘watch the bikes howl’ . The gang’s running late, so Vance kills time in the diner, getting to know the “local talent’. They finally show, but Tarver’s had some bike trouble so they rent out a mechanic’s shop to fix it up.
These cats are out for excitement, and this town’s got none. With only so much pop to drink and cigarettes to smoke, they start to get bored quick…
So when ‘Sportster debbie’ shows up in a cherry red 1960 Chevy Corvette, Vance isn’t letting that fun get away. He hops in and takes her for a spin. When her mom committed suicide, Daddy gave here the car out of guilt. She fits right in with the misfit crew, and they drink and party ‘til Daddy drags her home.
The gang sticks around in town, against their will. Vance makes excuses, but it’s clear he’s hooked on Debbie. While they party at the local dive, things start to get out of hand between Daddy and the boys.
He tries to pick a fight and has already alluded to trying to bump them off, but before it can go any farther Debbie walks in and blows pops away. Turns around, runs out and in the front seat of her ‘lil corvette. Ends it all with a gunshot to the head.