One of the defining films of my life ‘Pump Up The Volume’ hits all the right notes of rebellion, romance, soundtrack and culture, defining an entire generation and changing the lives of those who saw it. Wanna be a bad ass? Start here. Wanna learn how to Talk Hard? Well here you go.
We’re showing the movie tonight as part of our VHS AT NIGHT series at Mack Sennett Studios, but even if you aren’t in LA, here’s the Top 5 reasons you should cancel your plans this evening and watch this movie.
**SPECIAL Q&A ADDED TONIGHT w/ Writer & Director ALLAN MOYLE**
REASON #1: TALK HARD
I love this movie because it changed my life when I saw it. I had more in common with the nerdy side of Christian Slater’s character that the secret radio personality. Yet, Hard Harry said everything I was already feeling and thinking OUT LOUD. The very concept of ‘Talking Hard’ and the effect it could have on people inspired me beyond belief, to a point to where I never understood since why people let bullshit slide.
Plus, if there was ever a man I’d find sexy, it would be one who spoke like this. Samantha seems to agree…
REASON #2: SAMANTHA MATHIS
If there was ever a dream girlfriend that I never had in High School (and would still die for today), it’s Samantha Mathis’ character in ‘Pump Up The Volume‘. She’s a fucking badass and single handedly saves the day at the film’s darkest moments. She’s not just a muse, but a partner. Plus, that scene when they finally do it is pretty smokin’ too…
REASON #3: BEST SOUNDTRACK
Ummm, just look at how fucking sick this is!!
Leonard Cohen, Pixies, Descendents, Richard Hell, Ice-T, MC5, Bad Brains, Sonic Youth, Concrete Blonde, Was (Not Was), Above The Law, Peter Murphy, Stan Ridgeway, Henry Rollins, Cowboy Junkies, Urban Dance Squad, Liquid Jesus and Soundgarden.
Leonard Cohen – ‘Everybody Knows‘ from ‘Pump Up The Volume‘:
REASON #4: UP THE PUNKS
‘Pump Up The Volume‘ is the only movie I’ve ever seen that turns all the characters within and audience members into punks over the course of the two hours. The revolutionary words spoken by Christian Slater’s estranged student character mixed with an amazing soundtrack inspires anyone who hears them to fuck shit up and question everything around them. It’s fucking great. If only more films had these kinds of balls nowadays!
REASON #5: STILL RELEVANT
In a day and age where the FCC is threatening our equal access to the internet, ‘Pump Up The Volume‘, in a very real way, tackled this same issue in relation to regulation of the airwaves. In the pre-internet era, this kind of free access to a public forum was hard to achieve. Sure, it’s our right, but owning a radio station ain’t cheap. This movie signifies a very real need of an entire generation to have an outlet, something we all take for granted now and something that is being threatened to be regulated again.
‘Pump Up The Volume‘ Original Trailer: