Much of the film is set in the present day – a shooting period that began in 2007 – with Bobby living in his parent’s basement, and doing little but indulging in a concoction of hard drugs. He is a mess. He has hit rock bottom and many believe his death is not far away. This footage, which is not shy of capturing him at his lowest, is difficult to watch. He is awfully thin and believes that he has parasites beneath his skin, which he relentlessly picks at. Bobby’s close friend and manager, Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, became a fan of Pentagram ever since one of their albums, which he blindly picked up at a record sale, completely changed his life. He decides that he wants to help Bobby overcome his addiction, resurrect his health and his passion and return to the stage while he still has the chance.
The filmmakers talk with Bobby’s parents, who are adamant that their son has more to offer, but are seemingly helpless at persevering him to clean up his life, as well as several former band members who are being considered for Pellet’s reunion tour and album. They reflect on their experiences with Bobby, and it is unfortunate to learn that most of them aren’t flattering. It is understandable why these guys are reluctant to be involved with someone who is so unreliable. Accompanying these accounts are an assortment of amateur videos of some of the key events, and one particularly unconvincing recreation, where the ragtag youngsters have the chance to rock in the presence of Kiss, but the neighbours of the apartment intervened because of the noise.
On top of the drug-related drama – Bobby eventually spends some time in rehab and tries hard to remain clean – he meets and falls in love a much younger woman named Hallie. But a mere five weeks after he moves in with her she leaves and ends up placing a restraining order on Bobby, who continues to call her incessantly. While Pellet has been working so hard to set up gigs, putting in his own time and money and convincing other financiers to help too, Bobby is falling apart because of this girl and threatening to relapse. It is devastating to watch, and because we predominantly follow Pellet we see just how selfless he was through all of this. He saved Bobby’s life. When we see the tears streaming from his eyes during the closing concert, we feel for the man. Many believed that Bobby still had talent, but it was wasting away. Pellet, as devoted a fan as they come, took on the challenge alone and Bobby Liebling is alive to this day.
My Rating: ★★★1/2
Last Days Here is set to have a DVD release this week through Antidote Films.