Live Freaky! Die Freaky!

Rated NR 2006

Fans of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch -- in which claymation replicas of famous people mutilated one another in a wrestling ring -- are the most likely audience for this stop-motion puppet feature about the Manson family, starring the voices of Green Day, Rancid, the Transplants, John Doe, Jane Wiedlin, Theo Kogan, and Asia Argento. If you thought the puppet sex in Team America was graphic, this movie makes Trey and Matt's marionettes look like SpongeBob SquarePants in comparison. The idea is clearly to incense cultural conservatives with nonstop foul language, blasphemy, and puppet snuff porn (and, like many postmodern Manson romanticizations, the flick ignores the man's ugly racism). But it's all too silly to take seriously, an amusing dirty joke best suited for drunken college kids at midnight. Billie Joe Armstrong is hilariously over-the-top as "Charlie Hanson," and Faith No More's Roddy Bottum has composed some catchy songs. Written and directed by punk scenester John Roecker; it'd be really funny if this qualified for next year's Animated Feature Oscar.

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