Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 14th, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1997
Director: Michele Pacitto
Writer: Michele Pacitto
Cast: Mike Passion, Lonnie Jackson, Ron Wicks, Suzanne Labatt, Bobby Drew, Oliver Giancola
DVD released: December 4th, 2007
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Bloody Earth Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Having previously seen director Michele Pacitto’s less then arousing soft core romp Dracula’s Dirty Daughter I had set my expectations very low for American Punks. Sure the very cool trailer for the film does a first rate job selling this low grade revenge flick. American Punks is a fast moving tale about a psychopath named Bobby Tilton and he is played with the utmost intensity by Mike Passion an actor who appears to have faded away after his star making performance in American Punks. The story like Bobby Tilton’s logic makes very little sense and as the plot progresses Tilton becomes more deranged. One of the highlights of the film is it bone crushing soundtrack with punk bands like Shock Therapy, Itchy Wiggle Christ and Lab Animals.
The films main bad guy is a balding fat man named “Chachi” and despite the name connection this is not your Scott Baio version of ‘Chachi’ since the American Punks versions is void of any real machismo that gets the ladies wild. Other famous names that crop up in the film are Madonna and Detective John Holmes played by an actor named Lonnie Jackson who just also happens to look like OJ. The films other doppelganger is actor Oliver Giancola who looks almost exactly like actor Steve Buscemi. The acting in the film is virtually nonexistent and yet that only makes the film that more enjoyable as you watch the mayhem which unfolds because of Bobby Tilton. Ultimately with so much stacked against American Punks it is still hard too not advert your gaze away from its kaleidoscope of carnage.
The image is not as crisp or detailed during darker scenes and outside of this the transfer looks pretty good overall despite the films low budget origins.
The audio mix really gets going especially during music where it sounds robust.
This release comes with a handful of extras which are highlighted by some amusing auditions tapes and an audio commentary with Michele Pacitto. Other extras include an outtake Reel and liner notes about “American Punks” written by Mike Passion.
Overall Bloody Earth Films gives American Punks its best DVD release to date and best of all it is available at a more then affordable price.