SOLD OUT: VIBRATIONS (1996) – 12th November, Thekla

House music, the garish fashions of the 90s… oh, and a D.J. with robotic hands. ROBOTIC HANDS!

Vibrations poster

Oh God, where do we start with this film. The fact that it’s the strangest underdog story ever put to film? That it’s the funniest interpretation of Generation X/rave culture ever? Or that it’s about a D.J. who is fitted with robotic hands (later completed by a full robot suit) who plays keyboards over generic dance beats?

The answer? It’s all three.

The weird thing is that James Marshall had been in the hit A Few Good Men a few years earlier and Christina Applegate had been on the hit US series Married With Children for a decade at this point. The two of them must have had better cinematic options in 1996 than this anomaly. To quote Uproxx, “it would be like if Alison Brie dropped everything during her Community hiatus to make a low-budget movie about an alien who loves dubstep.”


The plot holes are many, the music is terrible, and the acting is even worse, but the resulting 100 minutes are pure so-bad-it’s-great entertainment. So get your tickets to watch what may be one of the worst attempts to capture the Gen-X “rave culture”. Utah Saints even make a cameo!

When: 8.00pm, Thursday 12th November

Location: Thekla, The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB

Tickets: £5 (OVER 18s ONLY – all profits going to The Harbour)


Rising rock star T.J. Cray gets the shot of a lifetime — an audition with an A&R man — but on the big day, a carload of drunks smash into his car, and his hands are severed. Soon, he drops out of the business and becomes a homeless drunk, until one day when he wakes up to a pulsing beat in an abandoned warehouse where a “rave” party is in full swing. There, he meets Anamika (Christina Applegate), who helps reinvent T.J.’s career… as Cyberstorm, a D.J. with robotic hands!


“This movie is insane, and so offensively 90s that it probably has a 4 Non-Blondes poster in its bedroom.” Uproxx

“Holy Shit. This has to be one of the most insanely sincere, insanely awful, least self aware movies ever made.” Letterboxd

“It’s the best film about a hand-less wino who becomes the toast of the rave community that I’ve ever seen.” House of Self Indulgence