Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scorpio Rising

1964 Short Film

Cast: Bruce Byron, Ernie Allo, Frank Carifi, Steve Crandell, Johnny Dodds, Bill Dorfman, John Palone, Barry Rubin and Johnny Sapienza
Director: Kenneth Anger
Writers: Ernest D. Glucksman and Kenneth Anger

An army of gay/Nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride their way to sexual/sadistic pain/pleasure.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 52%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVDs: Available

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  • According to director Kenneth Anger, Scorpio is the zodiac sign that rules both the sex organs and machinery, so it seemed like a good choice for the title of this film considering its subject matter.
  • Explores the worship of rebel icons of the era, namely James Dean and Marlon Brando.
  • As with many of Kenneth Anger's films, Scorpio Rising contains no dialogue. Instead, it features a prominent soundtrack consisting of 50s and 60s pop music, including songs by Ray Charles, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Bobby Vinton. It is considered by some to be the first dramatic film to feature a rock & roll soundtrack. Contrary to rumor, Anger did license all the songs for use in the film.
  • Due to the brief flashes of nudity in the film, the Hollywood vice squad raided a Los Angeles art theater where it was screening. They seized the film print and arrested the theater manager for public obscenity. The case went to the California Supreme Court, where it was settled in Kenneth Anger's favor, a landmark ruling against censorship.

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