The king of trash cinema before he turned mainstream in the 80s. Then he made some mainstream trash.
His 70s output however consists of nothing but exercises in extreme bad taste with horrible, ugly actors
deliberately (I hope) 'acting' in the most annoying way, doing things white trash people would shy away
from. Shock, gore, sex, ugliness, filth and every repulsive deed you can't imagine are all staples of his
early movies. His followers are many and they call him visionary and satirical but he is proud of his lack
of any socially redeeming values.
Somewhat of a comeback for Waters after two decades of going mainstream, moderate and cinematically lazy. An outrageous trash comedy
about sex addicts and perverts who become sex maniacs after getting hit on the head, and their neighbourhood war on the Neuters (the local prudes).
The star is a housewife (and her extremely-well-endowed daughter), who would rather wash dishes than have sex with her husband, who then becomes a cunnilingus freak,
guided by pervert-saint Ray and his team of fetishists who among other things, lick dirt, dress up as babies, pour food down their clothes, and defecate in public
places. Features perversions galore, toilet humor, immature dialogue, and outrageously sleazy scenes, so despite the lack of Waters' raw nasty 70s feel,
it's safe to say the king of bad taste is back.
Dirty Shame, A
Trash 'fantasy' where two murderous women seek sanctuary in Mortville, a town built from garbage
for trashy misfits and ruled by a fascist Queen. This is a typical, somewhat imaginative Waters
trash-fest with plenty of shocks including lesbian sex with a 500 pound woman, eye-gouging, sex-change
and castration with scissors, cannibalism, and the usual nudism, vomit, repulsiveness, and bad acting.
More trash, this time folowing the trials and tribulations of a fat and ugly woman (the transvestite Divine) through
school, rape, bad jobs, marriage, crime, murder and insanity. This soap 'epic' explores staples of family values like
rape, incest, masturbation with pliers, dismemberment, acid in the face, whining brats, and ugly ranting trash.
Waters's first feature-length film is a silent black & white with an annoying soundtrack consisting of random loud tunes and ridiculous sounds.
Woman goes to park. Woman gets licked by foot fetishist. Woman gets run over by transvestite. Transvestite takes corpse around town, then to an insane asylum
with strippers. The Virgin Mary materializes once in a while. Transvestite takes corpse to insane doctor who performs gory operations and vomits on patients.
Some random foot fantasies. End of boring mess.
A black and white atrocity about a group of people that
put on perversion shows in order to rob and terrorize people. This quickly changes to a
trash soap opera about the owner of the gang (a fat cross dresser), her lesbian lover
whom she meets and has sex with in a church while dreaming of the crucifixion, her cowardly husband and his slut lover. The
incredibly trashy and annoying dialog goes on and on and on until it all ends with
everyone killing each other, the transvestite gets raped by a huge lobster (don't ask) and then
goes on a rampage frothing at the mouth.
The infamous experiment into bad taste by John Waters features some of the most horrible
acting by some of the most horrible people trying to outdo each other doing horrible things.
Pure filth including cannibalism, gore, feces, transsexual flashing, rape, selling babies,
chicken sex, a dancing anus, etc.
Waters first entrance into the mainstream is at first sight, a very watered down
Waters script and collection of characters without the shock value. The
trashy repulsive feel is still there though, deliberately horribly acted as usual, and in the end,
Waters characters doing normal family oriented things is in a way more disturbing
than watching them do shocking things. The plot is about a suburban housewife, her pornographer husband,
slut daughter and foot-fetish psychotic son all deteriorating and doing immature things to each other
until it ends with the usual double-crossings and deaths.