Poison (1991)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  16 August 1991 (Sweden)
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Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what ... See full summary »



(inspired by the novels of Jean Genet with quotations from "Miracle of the Rose", "Our Lady of the Flowers" and "Thief's Journal"),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edith Meeks ...
Felicia Beacon
Millie White ...
Millie Sklar
Buck Smith ...
Gregory Lazar
Anne Giotta ...
Evelyn McAlpert
Lydia Lafleur ...
Sylvia Manning
Sean White
Jay Wete
Dr. MacArthur
Marina Lutz ...
Hazel Lamprecht
Barry Cassidy ...
Officer Rilt
Richard Anthony ...
Edward Comacho
Angela M. Schreiber ...
Florence Giddens
Justin Silverstein ...
Chris Singh ...
Edward Allen ...
Fred Beacon


Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what Richie was like and what led up to the shooting. In the black and white "Horror," a scientist isolates the elixir of human sexuality, drinks it, and becomes a festering, contagious murderer; a female colleague who loves him tries to help, to her peril. In "Homo," a prisoner in Fontenal prison is drawn to an inmate whom he knew some years before, at Baton juvenile institute, and whose humiliations he witnessed. This story is told in dim light, except for the bright flashbacks. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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16 August 1991 (Sweden)  »

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$250,000 (estimated)


$609,524 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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The three episodes are set in 1944 ("Homo"), 1985 ("Hero") and probably the 1950s ("Horror") and their stories are not connected in a conventional sense: "The film's three strands are stylistically distinct - a newsmagazine-style account of a suburban boy who killed his abusive father, a black-and-white B-movie about a scientist turned leprous outcast, a rough-trade romance set in a Genet-like prison - and it cuts among them to create a web of unsettling correlations and an echo-chamber effect."[Dennis Lim,NYTimes 2010] See more »


John Broom: [V.O] Prison was not new to me. I'd lived in them all my life. In submitting to prison life, embracing it... I could reject the world that had rejected me.
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oddly mesmerizing and unique
29 August 1999 | by (newark, de) – See all my reviews

Make sure that you are not tired when watching this film. Although this film introduces some outstanding performances by some little known actors, the film falls short. One of the three short stories of the film is shot in black and white and is strangely reminiscient of David Lynch's masterpiece "The Elephant Man." When Dr. Graves is ordered out to the fire-escape, I was just waiting for him to shout, "I'm not an animal; I'm a human being." The prisoner story, unlike the black and white story, is full of emotion and intensity. Issues such as homosexuality, abuse, and longing for love are enmeshed in this tale. The third story is shot documentary style. An unseen interviewer questions neighbors, family, and friends about the events leading up to the shooting and death of an abusive father. This movie will intrigue you, confuse you, and bother you. It's worth a watch.

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