LIVE FREAKY! DIE FREAKY! almost defies description. It is a musical horror comedy about Charlie Manson and The Manson Family as told by deranged clay puppets. John Roecker directs this psychedelic nightmare that is not unlike Jim Van Bebber's outrageous film THE MANSON FAMILY. Roecker enlists the help of alternative rockers Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool, Kelly Osbourne, Travis Barker, and many others to voice Manson and the rest of the sadistic characters. The crude stop-motion animation is just plain disturbing, like a Technicolor Tool music video that lasts over an hour. LF!DF! takes puppet sex, drugs, and rock and roll to their furthest and most disgusting extremes since MEET THE FEEBLES. Roecker's tasteless writing is clearly intended to shock and offend the audience in any and every way possible, which he has certainly achieved. As if the subject matter and awful humor weren't enough, he also demonizes the victims and blames them for their own destruction. All of the dialog is as heavy and indecipherable as The Family's beliefs, and it isn't nearly as smart or funny as Roecker would want you to believe. The only thing that is more surprising than the fact that so many rock icons signed on to the project is that anyone with John Roecker's animation skills and imagination would waste their talent on this garbage. LIVE FREAKY! DIR FREAKY! should only be seen for the simple fact that a film of its nature even exists.
If you liked LIVE FREAKY! DIE FREAKY! check out:
HELTER SKELTER, MEET THE FEEBLES, THE MANSON FAMILY.