The original members of the Ramones may all be dead now, just like the music they played, but man do they and that music still sound great in a movie trailer. This time it’s “Cretin Hop” over part of the new teaser trailer for Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk! 2, a sequel that we’ve been waiting to see come to light for the last year. This is proof that it’s looking like a worthy follow-up for all the fans of the 1998 original. Of which I am definitely one. Still, in punk rock fashion, it ends with a proper “FU” directed right at all of us.
This first spot also shares a good indication of what the plot entails. It’s 2004 and “Heroin” Bob (Michael Goorjian) is indeed still dead, but he apparently is still cursing us out from the afterlife. Meanwhile, he’s left behind a very pretty son (Ben Schnetzer) who is now about 17 and running off to do his own thing with some 21st century punks. Without telling Mom (Sarah Clarke) where he’s going. Which is to a punk show after eating too many psychedelic mushrooms. We also get some glimpses at some reunited old friends, namely John the Mod (James Duvall) and Eddie (Adam Pascal). Very briefly we also see new friends Machine Gun Kelly and Hannah Marks. It’s mostly stuff we got peeks at with the stills we posted a couple weeks ago, but now the scenes and characters are in motion. And moshing even.
“I am now in New York editing Punk’s Dead and it’s looking really good,” writer-director James Merendino wrote in an email sharing this first look. “It’s a long process so I wanted to give you a little tease so you can see a bit of what I’m up to. In this teaser you will get a glimpse at familiar faces and I briefly introduce Bob’s son, Ross. I am not revealing all of the characters or even much of the story. There’s more, much more but you have been so supportive that I wanted to show that there is indeed a movie on there. Enjoy.”
Am I the only one who isn’t really missing Matthew Lillard here? I’ll admit it, the scene where Ross (Bob’s son) gets on stage and tells everyone in the crowd that he wants to fuck them is sort of dumb and maybe a little cliche, but I also get the impression that he’s pretty much as dorky as his mom and dad were cool. Did he latch on to those young punks in an attempt to get in touch with who and what and where he comes from?
All I know is that somewhere between the two SLC Punk! movies were the years when I was going to shows, so I have to ask: when do I get the movie that speaks to my punk years? (Okay I was more of a ska kid, but whatever, the shows were all mixed.) Time to start the Indiegogo page for SLC Punk! 1.5. In the meantime, I can’t wait for the actual sequel, which is expected to hit the festival circuit early next year — hopefully with a Sundance premiere.