Scorpio Rising


This was an interesting film dealing with the biker gang look in the 60s. A few things correlated with one another. Here's a few:

  • The Motorcycle looked like the scorpion (the handlebars look like the tentacles of the scorpion. the body of the scorpion look the seat of the motorcycle)
  • The crescent shape of the lights at the beginning look like the head of the scorpion.
  • Elvis Presley's "Devil in Disguise" was relevant to James Dean , showing him as the same kind of person.
  • "Blue Velvet" played to show the characters getting dressed.
  • "Hit the Road Jack" played at the motorcycle gang headed out in the cross country race. Along with this, clips from jesus traveling on Palm sunday was shown.

    Many songs within the film were relative to the actions performed. One conclusion that could be made is that the film used many instances of homosexuality. The clothing, abundance of leather, and the numerous shots of the male torso.

    The film seemed like a movie that was heavily cut, removing the narrative. Though many clips were short, it was still easy to see a story going on.
    --John Bartruff, 2000


    This movie was very confusing to me, I couldn't really figure out what Anger was trying to get across with this film. The film just plain stuck me as confusing. This is one of those films that I would have to watch a few times before I got what is going on.
    --Miguel Pickering, 2000


    Anger's Scorpio Rising incorporated the use of foreshadowing. All the films that we have seen up to this point, do not use foreshadowing elements. Anger uses a great amount of dark imagery as well as a repetition of morbid symbolisms. These morbid symbolisms are the skulls that we see a number of times throughout the entire film, the subliminal references to motorcycle crashes (this appears upon Scorpio's wall), and the tragic Hollywood references of James Dean, "The Wild One" (I have never seen this film therefore I don't know if there is any death incorporated within the movie), and the Jesus Christ scenes which appear edited within Scorpio's tale. All of these cues give the spectator an idea of what will happen at the end of the film. In fact, as I was watching it I knew that there would be a motorcycle crash at the end.

    However, I thought of something else. The use of foreshadowing was so vehement that I feel it goes beyond the element of foreshadowing and into the desires of Scorpio. If you'll notice Scorpio decorates himself with skulls. Also, Scorpio's bedroom is lined with the images of James Dean and reminders of fatal motorcycle crashes. I found these behaviors to say something about Scorpio's own desires. In the beginning of the film there is a little boy playing with toy motorcycles meshed in with images of Scorpio (now grown) building his motorcycle. I found this to say Scorpio believed he was born to be a motorcyclist and that would be the way he would die. Whether it is Scorpio who dies at the end, or not, he will eventually die from a motorcycle accident. If someone believes or desires so greatly, they make things happen for themselves. I believe that this is what Scorpio did for himself.
    --Eva Jones, 2000


    The movie "Scorpio Rising" by Anger was different from the other movies that we have seen so far. It was made in the 60's so the feeling that it had was a feeling that went along with that time. It portrayed bikers doing different things in order to give you an idea of what a biker is. The movie was broken up by different songs. Each song set the tone for the scenes and gave a hint as to what was going to happen. The scenes were sometimes hard to understand because the film switched between the scenes so quickly. It was hard to tell who was doing what and where. The film alternated between biker scenes in the film itself and religious and biker movies that were on the television in the film. At first I was disturbed that Anger would incorporate religious images into this film because I did not understand his intentions. I was then not so disturbed when it was brought to my attention that he was trying to make a point. Anger was trying to say that the public's view of bikers is just as bad and inaccurate as the public's view of Jesus. At least that is what I think he is trying to say. This movie was confusing in part because I found it hard to relate to anything in the movie. I am not a biker and I don't know that much about them. Being a Catholic school child, I am somewhat apprehensive when people compare Jesus or any religious symbol to something else. Talking about the movie and it's meanings helped me see past these initial thoughts and feelings. My initial thoughts were not clear and when I received more information, I began to understand the film and drop some of my apprehensions.
    --Erica Ferry, 2000


    I really liked this movie because it shows how diversity can happen in a stereotypical society.

    I really liked how they used the motor cycle gang. This caught me off guard at first but I gained a lesson from this movie don't judge a book by it cover.
    --Helene Dacey, 2000


    This one was a bit disturbing. The opening scenes and up tempo music quickly turn to a darker feeling as images of death are intermingled. The lyrics of the songs coordinate with the events and set up various moods throughout the film. Themes of power, danger, conformity, as well as death are present, as is the idea of leaders and followers.(Jesus and the disciples, Hitler and his followers, Dean and Brando,and those that idolize them.)The ritual of dressing was emphasized with extreme importance and really captured the viewer. An early scene was kind of cool in which the young man completes the construction of the bike and simply stares at it. He doesn't touch it, or move towards it, he just stares in awe.(The film was lighter then) Shortly after we see signs of death which lead to the predictable ending. This film bothered me.......
    --Donna Albano, 2001


    I found the comparisons of this film very interesting. I never thought about what was presented in the film, how things relate to each other. I also believe the music enhanced what was going on in the frame. (also it was really cool music) --Geysa Maldonado, 2001


    Kenneth Anger Work