Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills, Cookie Mueller
Babs Johnson is the filthiest person alive. She lives with her mother and "family" in a trailer in the middle of a field. Raymond and Connie Marble are jealous of Babs because they claim to be the filthiest people alive. They have been kidnapping young women and keeping them chained up in their basement. The Marble's butler, Channing, has been impregnating these women, which they sell the babies to lesbian couples. Babs is going to prove that she is the filthiest.
This is John Waters third feature film, and his most shocking. The cast is top notch. Waters used the same group of friends for all of his earlier films. There are several scenes in this movie that really push the lines of sickness. That is the reputation of the movie. Here are a few of the highlights of the movie. You will see a couple try to have sex with a live chicken between them. A man receiving a blowjob. The singing asshole was one of the best. The most appalling scene is seeing someone eating dog shit.
The best scenes and character in the movie was Edie, the egg lady. There is nothing more entertaining than seeing an over-weight woman sitting in a baby playpen eating eggs. Hearing her squawk for the Egg man to come and see her. It is the best.
This was the beginning of the 70's. Movies were breaking down all of the barriers that the Catholic church had placed on the industry a few decades earlier. They were all young and on drugs of some sort while making this movie. They wanted to shock people with what they were filming, and it worked a little too much. The movie was made for a small amount, but the movie has lasted the test of time. How many big budget movies were made around the same time, and the public has forgotten most of them. John Waters just had a magical touch with this movie. Who would have thought that a movie about white trash thieves fight over who was the filthiest in the land.
I still remember where I was when I first saw this movie. The movie has that much of an impact on me, and it will you as well. It is a great movie, but not something you would want to watch with just anybody. It is not for a mixed audience, but that would be fun to look at the reaction on their faces. Enjoy!
Pink Flamingos (1972) Trailer