The Doom Generation

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Overview

Billed as "a heterosexual movie by Gregg Araki", The Doom Generation is the director's self-styled bad-taste teen film. Amy Blue Rose McGowan is an obnoxious teenage speed freak and her boyfriend Jordan White James Duval is a passive, slow-witted poseur who won't have sex with her because he's terrified of AIDS even though they both claim to be virgins. One day, they run across Xavier Red Johnathon Schaech, a charming but enigmatic drifter who has a bad habit of killing people. Joining the young couple on a ...
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Overview

Billed as "a heterosexual movie by Gregg Araki", The Doom Generation is the director's self-styled bad-taste teen film. Amy Blue Rose McGowan is an obnoxious teenage speed freak and her boyfriend Jordan White James Duval is a passive, slow-witted poseur who won't have sex with her because he's terrified of AIDS even though they both claim to be virgins. One day, they run across Xavier Red Johnathon Schaech, a charming but enigmatic drifter who has a bad habit of killing people. Joining the young couple on a seemingly endless road trip, Xavier or "X",as the verbally challenged Jordan insists on calling him, proves a threatening and repulsive yet strangely alluring companion whose very presence raises issues of loyalty and sexual identity. The Doom Generation is dotted with a variety of eccentric cameo appearances, including comic Margaret Cho, actress Parker Posey, musician Perry Farrell, "Hollywood Madame" Heidi Fleiss, and onetime Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight. This is the middle installment in Araki's "teen apocalypse trilogy," which also includes 1993's Totally F***ed Up and 1997's Nowhere.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
After the in-your-face queerness of his indie breakthroughs The Living End and Totally F***ed Up, cult auteur Gregg Araki wrote, directed, edited, and produced this obliquely homoerotic road movie full of sex, gore, slang, convenience stores, cameos, credible alt-rock and tentative existentialism. An unlikely blend of Dennis Cooper's dark gay fiction, John Waters' garbage aesthetic, and Valley Girl's So-Cal teen vacuity, The Doom Generation works best on the level of trashy, subversive comedy, its video-game violence and naughty thrills played for laughs instead of titillation. Rose McGowan established her singularly snotty and sexy screen persona as Amy, the meth-head with the Pulp Fiction hair, the heavy-lidded eyes and the gift for slang neologisms so bad they're good. James Duval, in the second of many Araki outings, displayed the Keanu Reeves-on-downers vulnerability and the confused affability that would make him a sexually ambiguous alterna-pinup. Johnathon Schaech offsets his almost absurd good looks and supple body with a genial psycho persona that finds him masturbating, seducing, and killing almost absentmindedly, yet still somehow emerging as a sympathetic protagonist. Araki's casting is dead-on, but it's his overall vision that impresses, for he bypasses such played-out aesthetic strategies as irony and appropriation to strand us in a surreal Los Angeles whose plasticity and moral ambiguity are as alluring as they are alienating for his young protagonists. Wandering a punkishly art-directed landscape of endless motel rooms and hallucinatory strip malls, Amy, Jordan, and X embody Araki's quest for novelty and connection -- in that order -- in a world given over to complete alienation. In the end, then, The Doom Generation is a simultaneous condemnation of and love letter to mass teen culture, its solaces and its deceits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 031398629337
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Vidmark / Trimark
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Duval Jordan White
Rose McGowan Amy Blue
Johnathon Schaech Xavier Red
Lauren Tewes Female News Anchor
Margaret Cho Clerk's Wife
Cress Williams Peanut
Perry Farrell Stop 'n' Go clerk
Dustin Nguyen Quickiemart Clerk
Christopher Knight Male News Anchor
Nicky Katt Carnoburger Cashier
Johanna Went Carnoburger Co-Worker
Parker Posey Brandi
Salvator Xuereb Biker
Don Galloway FBI Man
Dewey Weber George
Amanda Bearse Barmaid
Heidi Fleiss Liquorstore Clerk
Billy Bullet
Paul D. Fow Pat
Dwayne R. Goettel Goon
Cevin Key Goon
Nivek Ogre Goon
Zak Spears Dan
Technical Credits
Gregg Araki Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Nicole Arbib Executive Producer
Peter Bækkel Asst. Director
Pascal Caucheteux Executive Producer
Catherine Cooper-Thoman Costumes/Costume Designer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Jim Fealy Cinematographer
Dan Gatto Score Composer
Jennifer Gentile Asst. Director, Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Hudson Special Effects
Jim Stark Associate Producer
Michael Krantz Art Director
Christopher Mabli Special Effects
Yves Marmion Co-producer
Kate McGowan Editor
Joseph Middleton Casting
Michael J. Moore Asst. Director
Jason Rail Makeup
Gregoire Sorlat Executive Producer
Andrea Sperling Producer
Shelley Surpin Associate Producer
Christien Tuttle Asst. Director
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What A Waste

    I thought Doom Generation would be a delightfully bitter attack on this effed-up world. The basic premise was ruined by the execution. I thought Doom Generation would feature the sexy Rose McGowan showing plenty of T&A. I was quite disappointed. There was much more tease than please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    100% punk rawk

    This is a look at an underground lifestyle that most have never seen. Not for the faint hearted. Brilliant!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CRAZY BUT GREAT !!!

    ''Doom Generation'' is a great movie packed with comedy,sex,violence and craziness. It stars James Duvall, Jonathon Schaech and Rose McGowan. If u like crazy independant movies then this is the one for you !

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