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390 Ratings

Multiple Maniacs

Directed by John Waters
United States, 1970
Comedy, Horror, Crime


The traveling sideshow ‘Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversions’ is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers…

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Multiple Maniacs Directed by John Waters
Time-warping to the horrors of the present, Waters’s characters couldn’t be “cured” by even the most extreme bout of conversion therapy. They revel in whatever makes them evil with a flair that’s at once heroic and heartwarming. LSD inspired the lobster attack, but the greatest high comes when Divine beholds herself in the mirror and snarls, "I love your sickness!
April 04, 2017
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More scandalous than the [carnival] activities themselves is the fact that the freaks are enjoying themselves so damn much. Something similar could be said about Multiple Maniacs itself: as well as being a scorching blast of proto-punk rebellion and a sophisticated mélange of eclectic formal influences, it’s a gleefully slapdash exercise in doing what feels good.
March 31, 2017
A monster movie for people who would rather watch a comedy. It’s gross. It has sensational sex. And in a bravura performance as the story’s maniac in chief, the drag actor known as Divine becomes the most unusual leading lady in cinema right before our eyes.
March 21, 2017
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