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Multiple Maniacs (1970)

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The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Lochary ...
Mr. David
Mary Vivian Pearce ...
Bonnie / Cavalcade Patron
Mink / Cavalcade Patron
Cookie Mueller ...
Cookie Divine / Cavalcade Patron
Edith / Virgin Mary
Cavalcade pervert
Rick Morrow ...
Howard Gruber ...
Paul Swift ...
Steve (Cookie's boyfriend)
Vincent Peranio ...
Jim Thompson ...
Dee Vitolo ...
Ed Peranio ...
Bob Skidmore ...
Cavalcade Patron


The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster... Written by Michael Brooke <>

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10 April 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maníacos múltiples  »

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$5,000 (estimated)

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The original ending was supposed to link Divine to the Manson murders, but when it was discovered that the Manson family was responsible, the ending was changed to what it is in the final film. The original ending would have fed the publicity gag that Divine was responsible for Sharon Tate's murder. See more »


Mink: Isn't there anybody else we could do it on? I mean...
Lady Divine: There's nobody left! Nobody!
Mink: We could find someone!
Lady Divine: Who, but who?
Mink: God, there are hundreds of people I have in my fantasies! Ann Margaret, Patricia Nixon, Shirley Temple, the Pope!
Lady Divine: Oh Mink, we could go on for days! Oh it would be wonderful! Ronald Reagan and his family, the entire Baltimore police force, and BARBARA STREISAND!
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Manson family, Waters' style
5 October 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Multiple Maniacs (1970) was Waters' second feature length film. Heavily influenced by the Manson Family murders, Waters creates this film about a band of murdering, sideshow freaks/performers who travel from town to town robbing and murdering their rich,nosy customers. This is a weird film that showcases what Waters likes to do best. Try and repulse the audience as much as he can (mirroring the side show performers themselves).

Unfortunately, most of the humor is pretty dated and the very low, low budget might turn off most viewers (if they were not repulsed by the first twenty minutes). Other than that, it's a very enjoyable movie.

Waters will finally perfect his film-making a few years later with the back to back to back releases of Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living. Shot on 16mm, B/W.


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