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Multiple Maniacs (1970)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Horror  -  10 April 1970 (USA)
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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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"Lobstora" was inspired by a postcard Waters had of the beach at Provincetown, Massachusetts with a big lobster in the sky. See more »


Lady Divine: If it wasn't for me you'd still be back in Boston doing poodle-nappings from those old bitches.
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References 2 - I, a Woman, Part II (1968) See more »


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Written by Bob Shelton/Joe Shelton/Sydney Robin
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Probably the most personal movie by John Waters

I have seen all of John Waters' films, but something in this one seemed to stick out. I noticed that in his other movies, the characters are rarely developed, and if they are, you never get a glimpse at their personal lives.

This film is different in that way... it begins as racy as all of his other films, with "Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversion" a circus for perverts, drug addicts, homosexuals, and weirdo's. Mr. David, Lady Divine's boyfriend, wants Lady Divine to let Bonnie into the cavalcade, but she quickly dismisses the idea.

From here on, the film switches to a bizarre, and long, view of the characters personal lives. This is done by, long monologues, long shots in which the camera does not change, and very long scenes. These long scenes aren't that badly written, but it is more that they are real, and not part of a movie. After the first 10-15 minutes characters seem to have disassociated themselves from the original plot of the film, and it becomes some sort of a deranged soap opera. But just when you think that this film is different from all other of John's films, a giant lobster appears out of nowhere (and for no reason), named "Lobstora", and it rapes Divine. Divine then goes insane and goes on a rampage, and is then put to death by the national guard.

Besides the fact that Divine is killed in the end, it seems to be a prequel to a young Divine's life that is later portrayed in "PINK FLAMINGOS". This because in "PINK FLAMINGOS", Divine, is supposedly in hiding from the FBI, for murder. This murder which happened in "MULTIPLE MANIACS" of basically all the characters.

All in all, this is most definitely a must see for John Waters fans, it will bring new meaning to his other films.

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