Thursday, May 7, 2009

Multiple Maniacs (1970)

4 / 5
Tagline: You won't believe this one
Directed by: John Waters
Written by: John Waters
Actors include: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

Oh how I love John Waters, even early films of his which are quite unpolished are definitely charming in their own disgusting way. This particular one was written as a homage to H.G. Lewis (another of my favorites) so it was definitely of particular interest to me, so even though it's not out on DVD I ordered in the VHS tape just to watch it. It ended up being about a sideshow of perversions that travels around which is actually secretly a group of deranged kidnappers. Lady Divine is of course at the helm of the sideshow and the evilest of all, but she definitely gets what's coming to her when she's raped by a giant lobster (in the film's signature scene). It's shot in black and white, and well the sideshow group try to do all sorts of things to shock the audience (which are well not extremely shocking or anything, but serviceable I suppose). It's really just cool for fans to see most of the same characters in a really early film, and it's also neat to see how much he was able to accomplish with so very little. Maybe not a traditional horror film, but something to try to gross out most.

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