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Video from Hell (1985)

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In a little over an hour, 'VIDEO FROM HELL' provides a preview of current and projected Honker releases, including 'BABY SNAKES', 'THE TRUE STORY OF 200 MOTELS' and 'UNCLE MEAT' (all 1987 ... See full summary »

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Frank Zappa

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Frank Zappa
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Credited cast:
Phyllis Smith Altenhaus Phyllis Smith Altenhaus ... Herself
Dick Barber Dick Barber ... Himself
Adrian Belew Adrian Belew ... Himself
Jimmy Carl Black ... Himself
Terry Bozzio Terry Bozzio ... Himself
Ray Collins Ray Collins ... Himself
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself (as Pamela Miller)
George Duke ... Himself
Aynsley Dunbar Aynsley Dunbar ... Himself
Roy Estrada Roy Estrada ... Himself
Bunk Gardner Bunk Gardner ... Himself
Buzz Gardner Buzz Gardner ... Himself
Lowell George Lowell George ... Himself
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
Elgar Howarth Elgar Howarth ... Himself
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In a little over an hour, 'VIDEO FROM HELL' provides a preview of current and projected Honker releases, including 'BABY SNAKES', 'THE TRUE STORY OF 200 MOTELS' and 'UNCLE MEAT' (all 1987 releases) along with segments of 1988 shows still in preparation ('YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE'- which will be released after the multi-CD package, 'I NEED YOUR LOVE' - the homespun philosophy of Al Malkin, and 'AN AMERICAN DISSIDENT' - the homespun philosophy of Frank Zappa). Written by Frank Zappa

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What Would Happen If TV Was Like This All The Time?

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When asked to explain the titles of the film and his similarly-named album "Jazz from Hell" (1986), Frank Zappa explained that the titles were a political reference to the hellish political landscape of 1980s United States, during the term of President Ronald Reagan (term 1981-1989). "Things in America can be from hell. Right now we have a president from hell [Reagan], and a National Security Council from hell, so we should add Jazz from Hell also." See more »

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Video From Hell is a collage of everything ZAPPA.
15 January 1999 | by jrb-4See all my reviews

Frank Zappa's Video From Hell is a must see for Zappa fans. It has clips from some of his other movies like 200 Motels and Uncle Meat and it also has some of the material he was working on at the time (1985). Zappa's humor is seen throughout the movie but it is at its best during the Baltimore, Maryland obscenity in music trials. He really makes them look like idiots. But no Zappa is complete without a kick-ass guitar solo. This movie has Zappa and Steve Vai battling it out on stage in an unbelievable performance. The visuals in this movie are great. A total trippers movie!!


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