Synopsis by Mark Deming
An outbreak of really, really bad skin terrorizes a pack of New Jersey teenagers in this independent satiric sci-fi comedy. When a batch of petroleum byproducts are dumped in the water supply of a Garden State suburb, siblings Franny (Tracey Hayes) and Zoe (Rusty Nails) undergo a strange transformation -- their hair falls out, and their heads turn into enormous pimples which come to a head to the crown of their skulls. As it happens, Franny and Zoe aren't the only ones suffering from this condition -- high-school kids all over town are falling victim to the contamination, though for some reason adults are not effected by the illness. Soon subnormal acne-heads are threatening to take over the town, and the military is brought in as kids attempt to satisfy their newly ravenous appetite for greasy foods. Written, produced, directed, and edited by punk filmmaker Rusty Nails (who also plays Zoe), Acne includes music from Devo, the Dead Kennedys, Alice Donut, and the Lunachicks.
contamination, high-school, mutant, outbreak, skin, teenagers, transformation