Raging Waters

Inspired by Patty Hearst, Cecil B. Demented rails against the dying of cinema

In Cecil B. Demented Waters offers a unique world view. Imagine a gang operating out of an abandoned theater. Imagine its members getting support from the few old-time movie houses still in operation, playing porn and action films. Now witness a fight to defend the Sprocket Holes Gang from a band of “Family Viewing” thugs (led by Waters regulars Mink Stole and Mary Vivian Pearce). And that's not to mention the gang's guerrilla takeover of Gump Again -- the sequel to Forrest Gump, a film that Waters clearly despises with a passion. It's all here, charged by Griffith's funky glamour and the gleam of perfectly calibrated insanity in Stephen “Call me if you can't get Johnny Depp” Dorff's eye. The crowning touch? Cecil's real name is Sinclair Beckstein. And if you really know your movies, then you're aware that that's the name of the author of O Brother Where Art Thou? -- the novel Joel McCrea wants to make into a movie in Sullivan's Travels. (The Coen brothers pay similar tribute in their upcoming musical starring George Clooney.)

Stephen Dorff is the demented leader of the Sprocket Holes Gang -- and he's got those crazy eyes to prove it
Abbot Genser
Stephen Dorff is the demented leader of the Sprocket Holes Gang -- and he's got those crazy eyes to prove it

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In short Cecil B. Demented is essential viewing.

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