Punk Rock Holocaust on Troma Now
Doug’s first and second feature films from 2003-2004, the live action horror comedy/concert series ‘Punk Rock Holocaust‘ are now available on TROMA NOW! You can check them out and get the first month of this amazing streaming service FREE at watch.troma.com. If you search ‘Doug Sakmann‘ you can also check out many music videos, shorts and other projects Doug has done with Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team including ‘Kabukiman’s Cocktail Corner‘!
Also Punk Rock Holocaust is finally getting a DVD re-release, Creep Records has a limited edition 15 year anniversary collection of the first 2 movies along with deleted scenes and tons of cool stuff, almost 5 hours of content on one DVD!!
Over the Summers of 2003, 2004 and 2005 Director Doug Sakmann set out on the Vans Warped Tour with a film crew in a punk rock school bus full to create the ultimate punk rock slasher movie series. The movies have screened at film festivals around the world to critical acclaim, had theatrical runs in most major cities in the US and released on DVD internationally. The series even had a retrospective & exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, OH!
More information can be found at www.punkrockholocaust.com.
‘Punks Not Dead…but it’s about to be!’
The Punk Rock Holocaust series is a unique mix of a live action horror/comedy movie combined with live concert performances.
The plot of the first film follows Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman as he tries to maintain the 2003 tour amidst a string of gristly murders at the hands of a pop-punk ‘Executioner’ while keeping the evil record executive Belial (Played by Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman) at bay. Meanwhile, tour reporter Heather Vantress is trying to figure out who is behind the heinous crimes as the Warped Tour crew and bands (all played by themselves) are struggling to survive and stay on the road.
The original Punk Rock Holocaust features what has been called the highest on-screen body count in slasher film history with entire crowds being massacred in addition to the deaths of over 110 band members including (In alphabetical order) Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Beret, Big D and the Kids Table, Bowling For Soup, Destruction Made Simple, Dropkick Murphies, Face To Face, Glassjaw, Horrorpops, The Kids Of Widney High, Less Than Jake, Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, MEST,Never Heard Of It, Pennywise, The Phenomenauts, Rancid, Simple Plan, Suicide Machines, Treephort, Tsunami Bomb, The Used, Vendetta Red and more!
“Punk Rock Holocaust truly turns the amps up to eleven in a way that Spinal Tap would never have dared.”
“Doug Sakmann’s lunatic love letter to bloodletting and mosh pitting is (a) big, brash power chord layered across the entire DIY mentality of the music and moviemaking he’s championing. And the results are amazingly insane.”
“Doug Sakmann’s mixture of tour commentary and George A Romero-style gore is the most original twist on the rock video genre in a long, long time.”
– Raindance Film Festival
“A mutant love child from the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis and the early work of Penelope Spheeris, who documented the late 70′s/early 80′s LA punk world in “The Decline of Western Civilization”.”
“Punk Rock Holocaust is a movie documenting one of those special mergers like chocolate and peanut butter, only this time it is rock music and horror.”
– Terror Tube.com
About ‘Punk Rock Holocaust 2’
‘Punks not dead…its just lost it’s head!’
Set one year after the original Punk Rock Holocaust, the demonic Executioner’s headless, undead corpse is back on the 2004 Vans Warped Tour and it’s looking for its head! After being decapitated in the first movie, the killer’s body is tearing the heads off of various band members and sticking them on the jagged spinal cord where his neck used to be, using them to look for his own head. The heads retain the personality of the band member but the body is pure evil and is still carrying out the killings. The estranged heads aren’t on too good and keep falling off. On the tour there is total “Holocaust Denial” as Kevin Lyman and his tour production staff refutes the reports of carnage that happened in the previous year. Meanwhile, the evil Record Executive Belial (once again played by Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman) is on the rampage and on Lyman’s case about the deaths on the tour. One precocious, nubile “Holocaust Survivor” named Meghan has become a reporter for a small independent magazine. She is determined to get to the bottom of the story and reveal the truth to the world. Kevin Lyman is hiding something, but why? And what?
The sequel shot on the 2004 and 2005 tours features The Aquabats, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, My Chemical Romance, River City Rebels, Riverboat Gamblers, The Planet Smashers, Mr. Dibbs, Teenage Harlets, Shira Girl, Pro BMX Rider Rick Thorne, Metal VJ Mistress Juliya and more.
“Punk Rock Holocaust 2 touches parts of (the punk) aesthetic that usually are left pretty much unexplored and/or unscathed. As a result, this fabulous fright farce earns a Highly Recommended rating. Those who like it louder, faster, nastier and nuttier need apply…Thanks to the devious Doug Sakmann, all your simplistic chord progression tendencies will be sufficiently satisfied – and then some.”
Bill Gibron – DVDtalk.com
“If you want comedy, bloodshed, and quality live footage, this is definitely the movie to provide it…With hilarious antics, gore, and high caliber music, Punk Rock Holocaust 2 is a rollercoaster ride of chopped limbs, severed heads and mosh pits.”
– Unbound Zine
“Lots of energy, lots of music, lots of B-film blood, plenty of tongue in cheek, even some half-pipe stunts! Punk Rock Holocaust 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original, beyond a shadow of a doubt.”
Grand Guignol – BScared.com – 3.5 out of 4 Stars
“(Sakmann) not only amps up the kitsch factor, but seems to enjoy the downright goofiness he subjects the bands and audience to”
Rue Mourge Review – June 2008