There’s an open discussion about nostalgia happening now where participants either decry our reliance on it based on Buzzfeed Gif-sticles and co-opting major studios, or vaunt a highly personalized flavor of hazy memories by looking uncritically at the past. Then there’s Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk! 2, an attempt at opening the wounds of the 90s cult classic and rooting around inside.
Like the mohawked engine that could, the production has taken a successful crowdfunding campaign (no doubt fueled in part by nostalgia) and converted money into moving images — some of which director James Merendino saw fit to share with us.
The second coolest image is from the concert scene where now-older characters reconnect. Merendino used the IndieGoGo money to bring Screeching Weasel and anyone who donated at least $10 to the cause together for a show that scored over 1,200 participants. The coolest image, as you’ll see below, is the grave of a beloved friend.
That’s exactly what Bob’s headstone should look like. Beat to hell and slightly ironic.
The rest of the photos feature Hannah Marks looking disaffected as Penny, Ben Schnetzer looking like a Downton Abbey extra as Ross, Machine Gun Kelly looking grungy, and John the Mod rocking a pretty sweet sword. Plus, we get a dramatic look at Michael Goorjian returning as Heroin Bob.
SLC Punk! 2 was originally shot for a November release, but the production tells me that they’re aiming now for some festival time running into early 2015. My best guess is that they’re angling for a Sundance showing, which will be fitting not only because Park City is a stone’s throw away from Salt Lake City, but because the first film opened the festival back in 1999. After all, there are few things as nostalgic as a good homecoming.
Or someone scrawling “Fuck U” on your tombstone.