In the early 90s, aspiring filmmaker (and General Hospital co-star) Ryan Sexton lugged a giant camcorder into some of the seediest clubs and the filthiest apartments in Hollywood. There he filmed hour upon hour of VHS footage of the jaw-droppingly offensive Shock Rock band The Mentors, focusing on their infamous lead singer, El Duce.
30 years later, the team behind The Nightmare and Room 237 and the editor of Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist uncover this dusty stockpile of long forgotten and unseen footage. They begin to piece together a picture of the man under the black executioner s hood and what his wilfully offensive act and controversial views might tell us about 21st century America.
An incendiary, tragicomic documentary (midway between The Decline of Western Civilization and Crumb) which has been hailed as Essential Viewing by CineVue and called Dark and Irresistible by director John Carpenter, The El Duce Tapes will chew you up, spit you out, and leave you floored.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Brand new audio commentary with The El Duce Tapes crew
The Ryan Sexton Tapes 34-minute illustrated audio conversation between Ryan Sexton and producer Tim Kirk about the shooting of the original VHS footage
The Nilbog Tapes Video of the band recording the original score for the film
More El Duce Tapes A free-standing alternate assembly of unused material, sort of a sideways sequel
Tape 2: Hollywood Reservoir A piece of raw tape providing a peek behind the scenes of the process of shooting the footage and a candid document of El Duce and Ryan s rapport
El Duce Stories A humorous cut-up of a few of El Duce s famously long aimless stories into one completely incomprehensible and endless word salad
Return to Rape Rock Mountain A brand new interview with Steve Broy, aka Dr. Heathen Scum of The Mentors
Reality Check presents the all-female El Duce tribute band The Womentors
Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by John Pearson and reverse art by Benjamin Marra