Uptown in Oakland screening Al Jourgensen doc ‘Fix: The Ministry Movie’ 

Just in time for Halloween! How perfect!

On Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m., the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland will be screening one helluva scary flick.

Just not the bloody slasher kind you were expecting. No, it’s Douglas Freel’s new hair-raising documentary “Fix: The Ministry Movie,” and it’s coming at you with its fangs and claws bared.

No teenagers are ripped apart at a lakeside camp here, but you get to watch the legendary industrial outfit Ministry’s mighty mainman Al Jourgensen systematically self-destruct, on a 1996 juggernaut billed as the “Sphinctour.” And it pulls no punches, clearly depicting the drug abuse that easily could have destroyed him.

Jourgensen survived, of course, but he’s pulled Ministry offline, and stopped touring/recording under that name to pursue other projects. But this harrowing flick functions as part cautionary tale, part insider look at he and partner Paul Barker’s undeniable “Jesus Built My Hot Rod” genius. Which is also testified to by a bevy of important artists that Ministry went on to influence, like Trent Reznor, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and Korn’s Jonathan Davis. And Freel knows rock and roll — he cut his teeth as a video director, helming clips like Poison’s “Talk Dirty To Me” and Def Leppard’s “Animal” and “Hysteria.”

Trick or treat? “Fix” sounds like a little of both. For more, visit www.fixtheministrymovie.com.

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