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Lightbox Film Center
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Kids of the Black Hole continues with Penelope Spheeris' fictionalized account of young, wayward punk rockers. An abandoned house is home to “The Rejected” – runaways who have fled family abuse and a society that has no use for them. Ensconced in a life of drugs, thievery and punk rock, “The Rejected” kids embody the punk nihilism that served as a counterview to the affluent yuppie culture of 1980s America. Featuring a cast of non-actors, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Suburbia is a disturbing portrait of reckless kids forging a community of cast-offs.
Penelope Spheeris, US, 1983, 35mm, 94 min.
About Kids in the Black Hole
Teen rebellion has always been a favorite topic of movies, from James Dea...n in Rebel Without a Cause to the hippie delinquents in Riot on the Sunset Strip. By the late 1970s, with the counterculture baby-boomer generation moving comfortably into adulthood, a new crop of angry youngsters was taking the stage. Fueled by punk rock and heavy metal, these kids emerged from their subterranean, black light poster-covered bedrooms to cause real damage. With shaved heads, dyed hair, torn jeans and a penchant for spiked jewelry, these wayward youth succumbed to the paranoia and depression of Cold War-era America led by Ronald Reagan. The five films in this series offer a glimpse of every parent’s nightmare – pure anarchy with none of the sentimental charm of John Hughes or the hopefulness of John Cusack comedies. Watch your back because “a kid who tells on another kid is a dead kid.”