Great news for sick fucks everywhere. The demented minds at Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have painstakingly restored John Waters’ 1970 anarchic masterpiece Multiple Maniacs — no doubt a sickeningly hilarious task.
The director’s second feature is just as gloriously grotesque as the other morally bankrupt films in his early repertoire, made virtually budget-less and filmed largely on his parents’ front lawn in Baltimore.
The plot follows the depraved antics of the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits led by Divine. She robs the patrons at gunpoint, sometimes murdering them, at one point performing her first stomach-turning on-film ingestion, a cow’s heart (presaging her infamous helping of dog poop in Pink Flamingos). There is also a rectal rosary incident.
Opens nationwide August 5, beginning with the IFC Center NYC, introduced by the director
The lobster scene…