Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

torsdag 17 maj 2018

STUFF (1993)

Directed by: Johnny Depp, Gibby Haynes
Written by: -
Stars: John Frusciante, Timothy Leary

Country: USA
Style: Documentary | Short
Runtime: 12min

I don't really care about Johnny Depp, Red Hot Chili Peppers, or Butthole Surfers. So I have no idea how this ended up on my radar. But I was really into it.

Basically a rolling tour through the squalor that makes up John Frusciante’s apartment. According to a blurb online this was made by Depp and Gibby Haynes to show how chaotic Frusciante’s life was at this point. I really don’t know much about the history of Red Hot Chili Peppers but I do know that this dude was strung the fuck out and this shit played like his buds were exploiting that for #art. I’m sure Depp and Haynes were sharing needles with him off camera too so that makes it even grosser to me. But whatever. If I was early 90’s rich on dope I would probably do this shit too.

That all being said, Stuff was cool. It was beautifully shot, a lot of what you end up looking at is disgusting and rivals any episode of hoarders that you’ve seen but the way that it’s shot and edited makes it come off like it’s beautiful. The music is calm and there’s a little spoken word by Frusciante that is nice.

I guess I can’t really stress how perfectly everything about this fit together. It’s like the perfect collage of disheveled misery, ankle deep garbage, gorgeous lighting and floral arraignments. Timothy Leary makes a sort of haunting appearance, looming over Frusciante as he’s passed out on a couch at the end? John Cale’s take on Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah plows through the credits. The end.

This is on YouTube and if you don’t take twelve minutes to check it out, you’re really missing out. I wish that the version I saw was HD. Or at least a little cleaner because I think a lot of the more beautiful imagery went to waste because of how low resolution it was. That’s really my only complaint here and that doesn’t count. So it is what it is.

Great film. I watched it three times. I want more films like this.

Update: I found a second upload of it on YouTube with an intro by Frusciante(?), it looks better. But still bad.


Produced by: D.P. Depp
Cinematography by: Bruce Alan Greene
Editing by: Kimberly Logan
Special Effects by: -
Music by: John Frusciante
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Scaramanga Bros.


Writer for Twisted Minds. Crazy American guy, collaborates together with his homebro Crack Sizzlack and Four Twenty Film Reviews. Have a great knowledge about movies and music and has been on the track as long as he can remember. He has a huge VHS-collection and is responsible owner of the underground movie distribution label King of the Witches and has written and directed the feature film In Furs (2016).