HEAVY MIDNITES: Pump Up The Volume (archival 35mm print, filmmaker Allan Moyle in person!)

Has an actor had a better on-screen run at conveying adolescent alienation than Christian Slater? In a three year span, he was front-and-center in the biting satire Heathers, the skate dog classic Gleaming the Cube and the rebellious howl of Pump Up The Volume. That’s one heck of a resume to rack up before your 21st birthday, eh? In Volume he’s perfectly cast as a rebel with a cause, a shy high schooler by day but a cynical, perceptive and totally uncensored pirate radio icon at night, unafraid to tell the hard truth and filling the airwaves with fiercely funny monologues on sex, love and rock ‘n roll. He’s witty and raw — but will his powerful voice inspire unity or tear the community apart? Helming his first feature since the 1980 teen queen punk epic Times Square, writer/director Allan Moyle (Empire Records) again shows his skill with disaffected, music-obsessed youth, carefully shaping urgent true-to-life emotion both timely and timeless. Powered by a seminal alt-rock soundtrack and rarely theatrically screened, Pump Up The Volume demands to be played loud. Filmmaker Allan Moyle in person, plus DJs Carlos & Azul Niño will be here to spin tunes before the show!
Dir. Allan Moyle, 1990, 35mm, 105 min. (Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Pump Up The Volume”!