• Zack McGhee

    ★★★★ Watched by Zack McGhee 26 Feb, 2014

    Begins and ends so strongly that it's tempting to forgive the sagging middle-third, but I can't quite. But there's an hour or so of material that is among Waters' very strongest work.

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  • James

    Watched by James 29 Jan, 2014

    Peter Lorre used to call actors "Facemakers" and never was he more right than in the case of Divine. While not technically a great actor by conventional Hollywood standards she gives an amazing exploitation performance here that just builds and builds into something truly amazing.

    It took me three sittings to get through this movie. I'm glad I finished it because now that I've experienced the whole thing I can honestly say I enjoyed it. It's three completely different movies…

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  • BradyTheGuy

    ★★ Watched by BradyTheGuy 26 Oct, 2013

    Other than its very Waters-esque opening along with its infamous Lobster scene there isn't too much to see here as it becomes bogged down in some odd melodrama and Jesus metaphors that never really follow through.

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  • Alan Dorich

    ★★½ Watched by Alan Dorich 04 Aug, 2013

    This early John Waters feature is one of his most schizophrenic; it begins like one of his 70s freak shows and then shifts into a murder plot, then it shifts into a character's mental disintegration, before finally ending with a finale that seems like an homage to monster movies.

    None of it carries the technical polish of Waters' later work, but watching him build on his craft is always fun. And besides, when it's over, you can have the satisfaction…

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  • whollmann

    ★★★★½ Watched by whollmann 22 Apr, 2013

    OH MY LORD, was I definitely NOT PREPARED. This is the kind of ghoulish, sleazy cinema I live for; from the title to the grisly gratuities, it more than lives up to the title's promise. It has the wonderful, slapdash quality of the best underground efforts. Dialogue and sound bleeds from one scene into another, actors wait for cues before starting lines, or look for help off screen when they forget something. What of it? You can't accuse these performers…

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  • Cliff

    ★★ Added by Cliff

    A technically appalling but intermittently amusing early effort from the king of trash cinema, you at least get the impression that John Waters was well aware of how bad this film is, in parts anyway. It begins with a shockingly inept scene set in Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions, a bad taste sideshow which is essentially a proto-Pink Flamingos, starring most of that later classic's line-fumbling cast. Waters' cinematic aesthetic improves slightly as the film continues, even if the content…

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  • Austin Wolf-Sothern

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Austin Wolf-Sothern 11 Jun, 2012

    Lady Divine (Divine) and Mr. David (David Lochary) run a tent show called the Cavalcade of Perversions, where people can pay to see perverted acts, like the puke-eater, armpit-lickers, and “actual queers kissing each other like lovers on the lips”, which is all just an elaborate ruse to rob people. Divine finds out Mr. David is cheating on her with a blonde named Bonnie (Mary Vivian Pearce), so she heads out to exact her revenge, but is raped in the…

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  • kevinsheets

    ★★★★ Watched by kevinsheets 15 Jan, 2011

    Fucking hysterical brilliance.

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  • kevinsheets

    ★★★★ Watched by kevinsheets 22 Jan, 2011

    Hilarious and insane! What could be better than Mink Stole giving Divine a "rosary job" in a church? Well i'll tell you: Divine being raped by a giant lobster. Fucking hysterical brilliance.

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