Multiple Maniacs (1970)

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Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.


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  • Divine and David Lochary in Multiple Maniacs (1970)
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  • Divine and Mink Stole in Multiple Maniacs (1970)
  • Edith Massey in Multiple Maniacs (1970)
  • Divine and Mink Stole in Multiple Maniacs (1970)

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2 May 2009 | Tromafreak
6
| Just another day in Baltimore
Positively revolting!! A tasteless piece of low-budget garbage, with not one redeeming value. It's just too bad John Waters doesn't make them like this anymore. Not that he ever really did. Multiple Maniacs is a bit different from the other Waters trash classics of the 70's. A bit more bizarre, and unpolished, and just a tad more unrealistic. Multiple Maniacs mostly comes off as a rough draft for Waters next and most famous trash epic, Pink Flamingos. Multiple Maniacs is the first real example of what this John Waters guy was all about, rubbing you the wrong way. Meet the cavalcade of perversion. Posing as a traveling freak show, an odd gang of criminals, led by Diving rob and/or murder unsuspecting shock enthusiasts, just looking for a thrill. Divine is an irritable, outlandish hog of a woman just looking for a reason to off someone... anyone. Lately, that boyfriend of hers, Mr. David has been a real pain in the ass, and today, he just might get it, that is, if he doesn't get her first. As the would-be love birds plot on each other, and cheat on one another with their new girlfriends, we, the audience are subjected (treated) to vulgar atrocity after outrageous one-liner after obscene sex act. A delightful little movie indeed. We got all our Dreamland favorites, Cookie, Mink, Mary, David, Divine, and even our pal, Edith pays us a visit. Everyone brings their A games, A, of course standing for amateur, really, unpolished doesn't even begin to describe what's going on here, but out here in Exploitation Country, flaws such as screwed up lines should be expected and embraced, if you didn't know, then now you know. Multiple Maniacs was Waters' first film that wasn't silent, as well as his last black & white. For more colorful trash check out Female Trouble and Desperate Living. As unpolished and inept as it might be, this is one of the most mean-spirited, unflinching, and flat-out rebellious comedies I've seen, and I passionately recommend it every bit as much as Pink Flamingos, unless you're Catholic, in that case, never mind. 9/10

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Trivia

Mink Stole did her own make-up and wore her own clothes.


Quotes

Lady Divine: How dare you contaminate my dressing room with this little piece of filth?
Mr. David: She is not. She is an auto-erotica copraphrasiac and a gerontophiliac, and I just thought you might be interested in her for the show, that's all.


Goofs

When Lady Divine is attacked on the street by the two huffers, a shadow of the cameraman is clearly visible on the sidewalk and across the trio as they fight.


Crazy Credits

From the 2016 BluRay: Restoration - The original 16 mm black-and-white reversal positive was scanned in 4K resolution at Metropolis Post in New York City. The original 16 mm monaural magnetic soundtrack was digitized in 96K 24-bit resolution at DJ Audio in Burbank, Ca. The digital picture and sound restoration was performed at The Criterion Collection in New York City, and supervised by John Waters


Alternate Versions

(possible spoilers) The original UK video release by Castle Video was cut to remove an entire sequence where Divine and Mink Stole have a sexual experience involving Divine being sodomized by Mink's rosary beads during a vision/fantasy of Jesus Christ being whipped and nailed to the cross, and his death on the cross. The UK Blu-ray from criterion was passed without cuts- but this version has most of the music altered.


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Wildwood
Written by Sil Austin
Performed by Sil Austin
Published by Molique Music
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
(from 2016 version's on-screen credits)

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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