A film unearthed from the buried landscape of the American nightmare Trash Humpers follows a small group of elderly “Peeping Toms” through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. Crudely documented by the participants themselves, we follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of which never been seen before. Inhabiting a world of broken dreams and beyond the limits of morality, they crash against a torn and frayed America. Bordering on an ode to vandalism, it is a new type of horror- palpable and raw. –Visit Films
Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is a US film director and writer. He first appeared in the public’s eye as the author of film director Larry Clark’s debut, Kids, a tale of irresponsible teenagers in New York which garnered rave reviews but was literally unable to be seen by the intended audience due to the NC-17 / unrated rating.
Following the success of that Harmony directed and co-produced Gummo, another unique story loosely based around the premise of aspects of life in Xenia, Ohio, post-tornado (although most of it was not filmed there). Harmony cast himself in the film, which features very unusual / disturbing images (bacon on the walls, deaf people arguing, delinquent children) in a bit part as a shy gay teenager. He also had a cameo in Kids as a clubgoer. His sometimes girlfriend, actress Chloë Sevigny (who first appeared in Kids) was perhaps the most well-known star in an otherwise largely non-actors movie.
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This is certainly lesser Korine but it's not a failure. A film that is both heavy handed and mostly meaningless, there are parts of Trash Humpers that are truly illuminating but he couldn't be farther from the much sought after "Ecstatic Truth". Look to "Gummo" and "Spring Breakers" for that.
basically Gummo without anything good in it. Perhaps it would have had some value as a short film. But there's just nothing but idiocy in making this a feature. Korine does what he wants, but every asshole has thought about making crap like this. It doesn't mean it needs to be done. HEY LOOK I EDITED A MOVIE BLINDFOLDED. WE HUMP TRASH. CRAZY EVIL OLD PEOPLE. Cool, Harm, real badass and shit. Now make something else.
Harmony Korine directs the music video for “Gold on the Ceiling” by The Black Keys.
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Cinema Scope's new front page - the splash page, you might call it - sports a still from Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers and, inside, in the
Trash Humpers is a fine example of how form and content should be inseparable in a work of art. I felt nauseous after watching the film not just because of the explicit nihilism of the scenes portrayed… read review
Harmony Korine was the man behind the script for one of the most controversial films of the 90’s, “Kids”, and one of the strangest of the 90’s “Gummo”. He’s a talk show personality to behold; his Letterman… read review
This was pretty cool. I thought it had a very perverse sort of beauty to it, which I know sounds wrong. I thought it was actually pretty disgusting and I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to finish it… read review