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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Todd Phillips really CAN make a good movie!
Hated: G. G. Allin and the Murder Junkies (Todd Phillips, 1993)

What on god's green earth has happened to Todd Phillips in the ten years since he released Hated, the definitive G. G. Allin documentary? How, exactly, can one go from covering a dangerous, violent punk icon to doing a documentary about Phish and making really, really bad Tom Green/Wilson Brothers...
Published on August 11, 2003 by Robert Beveridge

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2.0 out of 5 stars a documentary with not much depth
Possibly a good attempt at opening up some an a legendary and sick punker, but the problem here is that it was made by too much of a fan--in the end, GG shows himself to be sociopathic and cowardly (revealed more in the bonus footage of his last show than in the documentary itself), finding identity more from whichever personality he can leech onto at the time than...
Published on October 18, 2006 by Mr. Richard K. Weems


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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Todd Phillips really CAN make a good movie!, August 11, 2003
This review is from: Hated (DVD)
Hated: G. G. Allin and the Murder Junkies (Todd Phillips, 1993)

What on god's green earth has happened to Todd Phillips in the ten years since he released Hated, the definitive G. G. Allin documentary? How, exactly, can one go from covering a dangerous, violent punk icon to doing a documentary about Phish and making really, really bad Tom Green/Wilson Brothers movies (Road Trip, Old School, Starsky and Hutch)? I don't know, but if you find yourself crawling under the table every time someone even mentions the name Todd Phillips, taking a look at Hated may convince you that there really are the underpinnings of a good documentary filmmaker beneath the present idiocy. Or maybe not. Much of that may depend on your view of his subject, a man on whom no one who's ever encountered his work can be without an opinion.

For the ten or twenty people who still haven't heard of him, G. G. Allin was, as Murder Junkies drummer Dino says, "God, Jesus, and Satan all rolled into one," perhaps the last American rock and roll singer who grasped what the spirit of rock was about, and aimed to bring that spirit back to music. To that effect, Allin would today be called a "performance artist" rather than a rock band frontman, probably. Allin and co.'s now-legendary gigs, three aborted tours' worth (as brother Merle Allin says, "you never plan on finishing a tour-- two reasons: the hospital or the law."), usually started out looking like punk shows, but ended (long before they should have) in fights, riots, raids by the police, overdoses, what have you. Allin's notoriety increased a thousandfold when the talk show circuit picked him up in the early nineties (some of the footage from his appearance on Geraldo is shown here), and as Phillips, who had been making Hated off and on since 1988, got ready to put the finishing touches on the film, Allin had gone from underground icon to public animal number one. The band kicked off the Terror in America tour in 1993, with much of the interview footage with the band members coming just before or just after the start of the tour. Allin was dead within days of the completion of the film, of which Phillips then halted postproduction to add another ten minutes of footage to the end.

Phillips is obviously influenced by the Errol Morris school of documentary filmmaking: just sit back with the camera and let those you're interviewing make complete fools of themselves. But there's more to Phillips than that; he fades into the background at times, but there's never the sense that the subjects of the documentary forget the filmmaker is there. (Phillips has confirmed, in interviews, that this never happened.) Not surprising when you consider that Allin's modus operandi, more often than not, was to attack the audience; the filmmaker is part of the audience, therefore...

The documentary itself is interesting enough, and refuses to paint Allin as either saint or sinner (surprising for a filmmaker who'd been in contact with Allin for five years), letting the viewer make his own judgments on that score. And viewers should, without doubt, though the pervasive language and nudity (both Allin himself and drummer Dino often performed naked or nearly so), strong sexual content, and what I can only describe as adult situations (despite the infantile nature of same) is likely to put the vast majority of viewers off ever renting this. But the real value in the DVD release, and the most ironic portion of it, is fifty minutes of extra footage recorded on the last day of Allin's life. The footage shows the soundcheck and aborted (halfway through the second song) legendary set at New York club The Gas Station, often considered the most violent set the band ever played (it has been reported numerous times that over a hundred attendees rioted after the show was shut down), and about thirty minutes of Allin's antics with Dino and a core group of fans afterwards while they went on a quest for heroin. What emerges in this footage is a picture of G. G. Allin that, while not diametrically opposed to the stage presence and the person that emerges from interviews, is certainly a different, and fascinating, side of Allin's character. In the documentary, Allin is characterized by almost everyone as a complete misanthrope, a person who would just as soon kill you as look at you. The footage of Allin wandering (naked, at the beginning of the trek) around the streets of New York City with eight to ten others and twenty or thirty following at a distance shows a smiling, affable guy who's usually got his arms draped around one or two people, haranguing police but never turning nasty about it, acknowledging fans with smiles and victory signs (yes, there are two fingers raised there), and generally being anything but dangerous-looking, as long as you look past the fact that he's covered in filth and (his own) blood. The end effect is to raise a whole lot of questions about a person for whom society assumed it already had all the answers. The documentary itself is capable; releasing the final footage with it is brilliant. ****
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65 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GG Allin: No Laws, No Limits, No Longer Living, May 21, 2001
This review is from: Hated (DVD)
Hated is a great documentary film that takes you inside the man who called himself GG Allin. GG Allin was the only true punk in music history. When everybody else was just posing and pretending GG was living his music of pain, torment, and suffering. The camera captures everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) in this documentary from GG beating up fans to bloodying himself with a microphone to deficating on stage and rubbing it all over himself and eating it to GG letting a female friend urinate in his mouth. And one other thing GG didn't discriminate there is footage of him beating up a woman at a spoken word performance in Boston. GG Allin hated everybody, most of all himself. He had no home, one shirt and one pair of pants. Hated also describes GG's relationship with John Wayne Gacy, the famed serial killer. The movie is great but there is also 50 extra minutes of GG Allin's final performance on the eve of his death at the Gasoline Alley in NYC which ended with 2 songs in ten minutes, GG getting naked, bloodied, and covered in his own waste and then inciting a riot. You just can't make this stuff up. GG Allin was a disgusting, disturbed, vile human being who just happens to be my idol. RIP GG Allin.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GG Allin the ultimate punk rock'n'roll terrorist, March 19, 2000
This review is from: Hated (DVD)
This DVD includes the 1991 Todd Philips movie "Hated" about the late GG Allin who was the most outrageous punkrocker of all times. Defecating on stage, beat up & rape the audience & selfmutilation was part of GG's performances. This documentary gives you a exellent picture of what this punk legend was all about. also as a bonus is GG Allin's last performance ever the outrageous Gas Station show in 1993 complete with show & aftershow mayhem. The camera also follows GG's walk to what later that night would show up to be his death. Nothing for the family hour but this is real world so you can't deny it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swan Song for Public Animal #1, June 26, 2000
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Documentary on the infamous punk rocker/ one-man disaster area GG Allin, filmed shortly before he died... in fact, you can see his funeral at the end. The film _Hated_ is mostly an honest attempt to explain what GG was about. It's kind of hard to explain what he does on a family website, but I'll try... you will witness GG running around naked, shoving things up his rear end, defecating on stage and then eating it, smearing it all over himself, and chasing people with it, smashing himself in the head with a microphone until he bleeds, and attacking his audience with serious intent to do bodily harm - often succeeding. And, oh yeah, sometimes he sings, too. Is GG a profound statement, or just a mentally-unstable misfit taking the cheap road to get attention? The answer probably lies somewhere in between. You see all the above in its sometimes funny, sometimes frightening glory, plus bits from a Geraldo interview, a talk with one of GG's fans, and bits with Dino The Naked Drummer, who comes across as weirder than GG, only in a peace-and-love way. The documentary is only 52 minutes long, but the DVD includes an extra hour of footage from GG's last show at the Gas Station, from the rehearsal to the show to the riot that ensued afterward, and follows GG as he wanders the streets of New York trying to score the drugs that would, later that night, kill him. Love him, hate him, or love to hate him, this is as close as you're going to get to seeing GG Allin anymore. And you won't even have to get anything on you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live it Up, February 28, 2006
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If you are feeling psychotic, paranoid, p.o.'d at the world don't take it out on your friends or co-workers. Watch Hated instead. G.G. Allin may have been extremely destructive to himself and others (and yes Todd Phillips does kind of use his subjects in this film-so what, so did Warhol) but G.G. made the most of his life, albeit in a sick and twisted way. However, he really lived the life, not just making up hateful and obscene rhymes like Eminem and then backing down and saying it was a misunderstanding, G.G. Allin (though musically without talent)was a blast of raw hatred that promised "to put the danger in rock and roll". Yeah I wouldn't have wanted to meet the guy either but Hated is far more therapeutic than any "chicken soup for the" series. My only caveat emptor is not to watch the Gas Station footage because it is shot with a shaky camera and will make you dizzy. Otherwise have fun but don't try this at home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shock-Rock in top form, September 6, 1999
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This review is from: Hated [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film may amuse you or sicken you (or both), but it will definitely NOT bore you. GG Allin's intense sense of perversion and degeneracy, combined with his shockingly obscene stage antics make this one of the most unforgettable rockumentaries ever produced. But be advised: this is NOT a light-hearted punkfest...GG Allin's music and concert acts were shocking, crude and downright ugly. If Marilyn Manson scares you and you considered Guns'n'Roses a tad much on the anti-social side, steer clear of this video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music...not to entertain, but to ANNIHILATE, April 4, 2009
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With the sensitivity of Russian Roulette,
it was a freakshow to appall you.
A voice to rape your eardrums.
A torrent of supreme vengeance
fixated on your fears
and exposing your repressed emotions.
Hellbent on shredding the societal chains
that shackle the weak and powerless.
It was pure rage without restraint...

the GG Allin show.

This is one well-made, brutal documentary. Born Jesus Christ Allin, this punk rock singer was considered a raving lunatic by many and the prophetic voice of rebellion by others. This film diligently chronicles in relentless, uncompromising detail the violent escapades that constantly encompassed his life, both on stage and off.

From his fighting, arrests(50+), exposing himself in public, self-mutilation, chaotic music, appearance on Geraldo--it's all here in alarming fashion. It talks about his plans for an onstage suicide on Halloween(which every year imprisonment prevented that from happening). We also get the gross pleasure of watching GG poop on stage and then getting creative--I won't go into details, you'll have to see it to believe it. There's plenty of other sick crazy stuff too. Not for those with weak stomachs, obviously.

GG Allin refused to be controlled by authority, trapped by typical human comforts, or harnessed by any common acceptable behaviors. He carried the ultimate(screw)you philosophy. His music reflects his life, a rebellious, punk rock icon who thrashed to the beat of his own demonic drum.

HATED includes raw footage from his final performance, recorded just hours before his fatal drug overdose.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insane yet enjoyable., July 29, 2001
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just who was GG allin? GG allin is perhaps the most notorious figure in punk history. while ian mackaye was preaching straight edge and jello biafra was ranting about the police, GG was busy eating his own waste and beating up his fans. this documentary, as disturbing as it is oddly touching and funny, follows him and will show you sides of his life that you would've never seen and sides of his life you don't nessescarily want to see.
the music itself wasn't all that substantial, mostly consisting of guitar work that sounded like it was recorded in a shed and lyrics that consisted of a few obscenities strung together in a semiincoherent manner. he had no home and barely any clothing, hated everyone and everything, and almost never ended a show without getting arrested or starting a riot.
not only do we get a glimpse into GG's past but we can also see GG on the road doing what he was famous for. words cannot do justice for what happens here. the shows themselves are disturbing and all have a color routine that consists of GG's naked flesh (eventually becoming splattered with blood), the dark musty surrounding of whatever club they're in, and the all too recognizable splatter of whatever bodily fluid was being thrown on the audience that night.
GG allin is and was a very unsettling person. he is perhaps most famous for the stunt he had planned for halloween in which he was to kill himself on stage and take as many people with him as he could. he wound up dying of a drug overdose after a show at the gas station that lasted but ten minutes, which was ample time for GG to wow the crowd with acts that took exhibitionisim and and stage excess to new heights. he truly lived by his own rules and, if he was still alive today, would probably be serving a prison sentence.
this documentary is among the best ever made, busting through taboos and the unexplored to give us a raw look at what would've probably just remained an urban legend. RIP GG allin. your legacy has caused me to never look at anything the same way again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You know exactly what you are getting., April 23, 2002
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This review is from: Hated (DVD)
GG was a sick man. He did things most people find repulsive. This DVD allows you to see him in action. Deficating on stage, mutilating himself, drinking urine, vomiting, this video shows it all.
My only complaint with this DVD is that its short. The documentary is only about 45 minutes long, and the bonus footage of his last concert lasts for about 3 songs until it is shut down. There is extended footage after the concert of GG walking away from the scene, but its nothing overly interesting.
Outstanding video, thats not for the faint of heart. GG was a sick and twisted man and this footage captures the power and debauchery of his life and music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hated for His Revenge on This Robotic Society, January 5, 2011
This review is from: Hated (DVD)
Todd Phillips is kind of a big deal in American comedy films these days. He has played a role in writing and directing such films as The Hangover, Old School, and Road Trip. All three films are arguably modern comedy classics. His 1994 documentary, made five years before his next film, is low-budget, disturbing, short, dirty, grainy, and sort of pasted together. As a film it is like getting punched in the face. This all seems kind of fitting as it is a movie about punk rock icon G.G. Allin and if ever there was a documentary that should be praised solely on the choice of its subject matter then it is this documentary titled Hated: G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies.

G.G. Allin is an underground punk rock performer whose performances were so chaotic they drew a choice few fans that were present for the intensity of the show. When I say intensity I'm not talking about crashing guitars and flashing lights, I'm talking about the threat of physical violence occurring at any moment. G.G. Allin often performed nude. He would drop from the stage while punching and kicking people in the crowd violently. He would hit himself in the face with his microphone until he bled profusely and he'd cover his body in his blood. He would sexually assault women in the audience and strongly encouraged his fans to do the same. He would request that women urinate in his mouth and would often urinate and/or defecate during his performances. If he defecated he would often cover his body with his excrement and even consume it or throw it onto his fans. He was arrested over fifty times for crimes he committed during his performances and even served two years in a Michigan prison. G.G. Allin was a primal uncontrollable and completely unbound force. In terms of shock rock or being unconventional and anti-authority, anyone else in a business of that ilk is partaking in child's play by comparison. Take him or leave him, G.G. Allin was the real deal.

G.G. Allin's fans were like rabid but loyal dogs and toward the end of G.G.'s life he made appearances on television unapologetically explaining his actions, even justifying them and declaring himself to be some kind of deity. He tapped into a culture obviously ignored by society and became their outspoken and attention-getting overlord. After I watched this documentary I couldn't look away from G.G. anymore. I needed to find out more about him. I'll fully admit that my fascination is not motivated by anything other than fear and general discomfort. Most will not want to be fascinated and it might be best for you to have never heard of G.G. Allin at all. He died in 1993 at the age of 36 from a drug overdose after a show that ended with near rioting in the streets. I'm sure many who read the papers about his many rampages, or saw him on Geraldo and Jerry Springer, drew a collective sigh of relief when they heard of his demise. But there was a human there somewhere, perhaps a civilized one that stripped off those pretenses with his clothes before his first few performances. A human that intentionally reminded us that we are hardly more than flatulent soft-skinned primates. Perhaps that is the scariest truth of all. I recommend checking this out but remember that Phillips' film doesn't look away and the footage is graphic. It simply wouldn't be covering its subject if it wasn't.
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