Directed by: Julien Nitzburg
Running Time: 29:00
Imagine Elvis in Sid Viciouss body with a little Frank Sinatra thrown in and you have Hasil Adkins, the originator of psychobilly and star of this deranged, shot-on-video documentary. Chronicling 56-year-old Hasils boozing, womanizing and law-breaking, audiences are treated to some surreal jaw-dropping antics and raucous, homegrown rock n roll. Viewers will delight in the various ancedotes of paranoia as related by cronies, acquaintances and authorities.
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A demented documentary about the Father of Psychobilly. In 1956 when America was giving birth to Rock n Roll, one man was already trying to kill it… The Breakdown: Hillbilly hollerin, barrroom brawlin, car-stompin, organ smashing, wig wearin, shakin it, commodity hot dogs, one-man band, the Hunch. Popcorn
The granddaddy of all crazed rockers…The Wild World of Hasil Adkins fits in perfectly with the downwardly mobile slant most of us white-trash seekers are looking for these days. – Pleasant Gehman, Tinsel Toons, Newsreels
Screenings & Festivals
West Virginia International Film Festival