X | | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
A neurotic society woman murders her husband with the help of her maid and, on the lam, escape to Mortville, a homeless community ruled over by a fascist queen.
The flashback of the babysitter throwing a party is based on the sort of prank John Waters would pull when he babysat in high school.
Breathe hard. Do it again.
Beth: Let me do it to you.
Peggy Gravel: SODOMITES!
Peggy Gravel: CAUGHT RIGHT IN A SEX ORGY! FILTHY! DIRTY! FILTHY!
Bosley Jr.: We're only playing!
Peggy Gravel: Is that what you learned in private school?
Beth: Don't, Mother, we're only playing!
Peggy Gravel: NUDE! NUDE! NUDE!
Peggy Gravel: You could be pregnant, Beth!
Peggy Gravel: ...
When Mole first meets Peggy and Grizelda she tells them that there are no toilets in Mortville, but at the lesbian bar there are toilets, where Peggy is harassed by the 'bathroom pervert'.
Desperate Living's opening credits appear beside an overhead shot of a formal table setting, in which a maid serves a cooked rat as the main course, which is salted and eaten.
In Italy, the film was heavily dubbed, censored, and retitled "Punk Story."