Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Multiple Maniacs

“I love You so fucking much I could shit….”

Students of truly mind-boggling trash cinema should keep an eye out for this early John Waters film from 1970 (his second in fact after Mondo Trasho). The film follows Divine and her gang of perverts and freaks as they stage their "Cavalcade of Perversions" show to woo unwary thrill seekers who they rob, kidnap and murder. All the familiar Waters gang is here - Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pierce, Cookie Mueller and the ever wonderful Edith Massey.

Made for $7,000 and shot in black and white, Multiple Maniacs makes his later films look like Cecil B DeMille productions. The film appears to have been edited with a rusty can opener and check out the delirious needle-dropping soundtrack which features old rock n' roll 45s and Holst's Planets Suite, no less. Fans of Pink Flamingos will be in spasms of ecstasy with scenes of arm-pit licking, puke eating, rape by a bearded man wearing a dress, and an homage to the Manson Family slayings complete with intestine-pulling and cannibalism. Only Waters could stage a scene where Divine has visions of the Stations of the Cross while being sodomized by Mink Stole playing a lesbian hag armed with rosary beads...oh and look out for the scene where Divine, who succumbs to the mania of the title, is ravaged by a 10-foot Z-Grade plastic lobster...


  1. It surely is. I have not seen this one yet - but I adore John Waters and his wonderfully skewed view of the world - so it's only a matter of time...

  2. The thing is Craig, the film uses so much unlicensed music on the soundtrack I imagine it would cost any label a pretty penny to clear the rights to put this out as John Waters intended... This is a problem as well with a lot of Golden Age pornos from the 70's - I think Vinegar Syndrome were trying to do something with Hot Summer in the City but a lot of the original source music would have to be dropped which would no doubt wrankle the purists out there...