Monday, May 18, 2009
Andy Warhol's 'Bad'
Picked up and watched Andy Warhol's 'Bad' (1977) on VHS. I have been dying to see it and was not disappointed.
Directed by Jed Johnson (Warhol's former boyfriend who died in the TWA800 plane crash on July 17, 1996) and starring a slew of Factory faces like Geraldine Smith, Brigid Berlin, and Barbara Allen, 'Bad' is surprisingly not that bad. More accessible than some of the earlier Factory films (which I also love) due to somewhat of a narrative, the film has the same dark, campy sense of humor as John Waters' early work. Everyone is gleefully up to no good and throughout the film characters comically trash a diner, torch a movie theatre and a car, stab a dog, chop off a mechanic's finger and worst/best of all do this (bringing new meaning to the phrase, "don't throw out the baby with the bathwater"):