1996 / 102 min. / 14A
Director: Michael Paseornek
Cast: James Marshall, Christina Applegate, Paige Turco

Royal Stompbox: VIBRATIONS on 35mm!

7:30pm – Angst-Ridden Gen X Electro Pre-Show

8:00pm – VIBRATIONS on 35mm!

Print generously provided by the University of Toronto Media Commons.

Rising rock star T.J. Cray (James Marshall AKA “James” from Twin Peaks) gets the shot of a lifetime — an audition with an A&R man — but on the big day, a carload of drunks follow and terrorize him, smash his car, and sever his hands with some heavy machinery. The clunky new hospital-issue fake hands do little to help T.J.’s despondent sorrow. Soon, he drops out of the business and becomes a homeless drunk, chugging whisky in a cardboard box, until one day when he wakes up to a pulsing beat in an abandoned warehouse where a “rave” party is in full swing. There, he meets Anamika (Christina Applegate), who introduces T.J. to a happening underground of Gen X slacker hackers and opens his ears to the incredible new sounds… OF 90s TECHNO MUSIC!

With the help of some new computer-controlled robotic hands, plus a badass metallic bodysuit repurposed from the awesome Can-Con Robocop flick THE VINDICATOR (also produced by Canadian legend John Dunning), and some show-stopping dance moves, T.J. in his new incarnation as DJ maestro “Cyberstorm” sets the electro-rave scene aflame.

VIBRATIONS is the lone directorial effort of Michael Paseornek – better known as the President of Lionsgate Entertainment (!). It’s a uniquely insane time capsule, a lost slice of prime 90s, including much angsty moaning about Gen X, wince-inducing hacker lingo, slammin’ beats, and James Marshall without hands.

A huge thanks to Peter Kuplowsky and the Laser Blast Film Society for their assistance in securing this rare 35mm print!

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