director David Markey
Lovedolls Superstar is a sequel to Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984), and when I first saw it on VHS back in the 1980’s, in the days before ye olde internet, I knew a bit about it. It featured a soundtrack that included Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Meat Puppets, the Dead Kennedys, and lots of SST bands. And we knew it was a sequel to a movie that we’d never seen.
And those Redd Kross dudes, too.
With a budget slightly above its progenitor, Superstar picks up right where the other left off, opening with clips of the first film. Shot on Super-8 as well, it picks up the story of the flash-in-the-pan stardom of girl gang rock band, the Lovedolls, and reunites them with a new guitarist, facing a mid-1980’s of sell-out exploitation, religious cultism, and even some revenge.
Two years out didn’t shift a lot in the world of the film, though director David Markey and co-writers and stars Jennifer Schwartz, and Steve & Jeff McDonald honed their filmmaking skills a bit and were a bit more ambitious the second time around.
I guess it’s not surprising that it was hard to appreciate so much back in the day, especially without the context of the first film. Really the pair of punk flicks are a nice sampling of alternative filmmaking and the teen and rock’n’roll movie genres.