Multiple Maniacs

Multiple Maniacs

DVD - 2017
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Made on a shoestring budget in Waters' native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, out for blood after discovering her lover's affair.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781681432786
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE MULTI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video
Notes: Title from sell sheet
Wide screen (1.66:1)
Special features: new audio commentary featuring Waters; new interviews with cast and crew members; essay by critic Linda Yablonsky


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Mar 18, 2018

One of Multiple Maniacs' biggest problems (and it wasn't its only one) was that director, John Waters tried way-way too hard to try to shock and disgust the audience. And, unfortunately, this nonsense all got really-really boring after just a short while.

Full of tedious backstabbing, vicious scenery-chewing, despicable characters, cringe-worthy moments, and inferior production values - Multiple Maniacs only started to come alive in its last 15 minutes and by that time (after its first 80 minutes) I was so fed-up with all this rubbish that I couldn't have cared less, one way or the other, what was happening in the story.

Dec 12, 2017

F.Y.I. - Before there was John Waters' "Pink Flamingos" - There was John Waters' "Multiple Maniacs" (released in 1970) which (IMO) should really be retitled "Multiple Morons".

With the word "AMATEUR" clearly written all over it - This regurgitated exercise in low-budget/low-life sleaze (Baltimore-style) tried way too hard to shock and disgust.

And, in its feeble attempt to accomplish its atrocious mission - "Multiple Maniacs" quickly deteriorated into a tiresome bore with a decidedly "white-trash" mentality tacked on for good measure.

Filmed in gritty b&w - This celluloid atrocity is truly a perverted novelty of early-1970's cinema that (I found) only really came to life in its final 15 minutes of outrageous insanity.

Sep 20, 2017

I have seen a lot of John Waters films, especially those starring Divine, Mink Sole, and other members of the cast, but this film was really something else. Simply put, without giving anything away of the film, I did not like it for multiple reasons. It is a type of film that makes you cringe and question a lot of things, things that I normally do not particularly enjoy remembering after the viewing of it. If you like it, great, but I shake my head at this...monstrosity.

Aug 23, 2017

This movie, now part of the Criterion Collection?! I must be hallucinating.

Aug 23, 2017

Second feature film from the Pope of Trash is reliably outrageous and gleefully depraved. If you're not already a Waters fan, this will probably not convert you. Low-budget and defiant in its bad taste, it features many of his regular actors (Divine, Mink Stole), cannibalism, a sexual encounter involving rosary beads in a church, and, wait for it, a rape by a giant lobster. To call it sick is to miss the point. Criterion gives it their usual deluxe treatment.

Jun 24, 2017

Cannibalism, anal rosary beads, and one of underground cinema’s most surreal sexual assaults are just some of the treats served up in John Waters’ twisted ode to bad taste. When news of her boyfriend's infidelity reaches her ears, the proprietor of a traveling "Cavalcade of Perversions" is thrown into a murderous rampage of jealousy and transgression beginning with a visitation from the infant Jesus of Prague and a most sacrilegious reimagining of Christ’s Passion (fair warning) before ending in a trashy "King Kong" spoof on the dusty sidewalks of downtown Baltimore. Remastered from the original 16mm stock for this Criterion edition, Waters’ beloved guerrilla filmmaking has never looked so good in all its cheesy B&W glory whether it’s an addled Edith Massey playing the Virgin Mary or a bearded glue-huffing transvestite stumbling about in a Jackie Kennedy frock. There may be a message in all the Roman Catholic mumbo-jumbo—the downtrodden pervs become Christ and his followers, elements of the “divine” (ha ha) can be seen in the strangest places, and posters for movies such as "Boom" and Pasolini’s "Teorema" adorn the walls—but for the most part this is strictly for aficionados of Waters’ signature Theatre of Depravity. Enjoy!


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