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Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 10 April 1970 (USA)
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Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.

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John Waters

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John Waters
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Cast

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

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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Multiple Maniacs See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,814, 7 August 2016

Gross USA:

$25,038
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scenes at the Cavalcade of Perversion were filmed in front of the home of John Waters's parents. See more »

Quotes

Lady Divine: Ricky! Ricky! Bring me something strong, something I can get off on!
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Crazy Credits

From the 2016 BluRay: Restoration - The original 16 mm black-and-white reversal positive was scanned in 4K resolution at Metropolis Post in New York City. The original 16 mm monaural magnetic soundtrack was digitized in 96K 24-bit resolution at DJ Audio in Burbank, Ca. The digital picture and sound restoration was performed at The Criterion Collection in New York City, and supervised by John Waters See more »

Alternate Versions

(possible spoilers) The original UK video release by Castle Video was cut to remove an entire sequence where Divine and Mink Stole have a sexual experience involving Divine being sodomized by Mink's rosary beads during a vision/fantasy of Jesus Christ being whipped and nailed to the cross, and his death on the cross. The UK Blu-ray from criterion was passed without cuts- but this version has most of the music altered. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Holy, Holy, Holy
Written by John B. Dykes (as John Bacchus Dykes) and Reginald Heber
Performed by Alan Dean
Courtesy of Pickwick Group Limited
(from 2016 version's on-screen credits)
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A Lobster Monstre makes it all worthwhile
15 November 1998 | by Mr PantsSee all my reviews

This film suffers from what a lot of low-budget-inexperienced-director films suffer from: long intervals in which nothing happens in an attempt to get to the better parts of the movie. This one has it is spades, which makes it hard to sit through to get to the highlights. But the high points are some of the most inspired of any John Water's flick: the surreal appearance of "The Emperor of Prague," played by small boy in full monarch regalia who guides Lady Divine, and the completely unsolicited cameo of "Lobstora," the enormous lobster prop who, like nearly everybody in the early films, has its way with Divine. I found these scenes far more interesting than the film as a whole, despite the (possibly unintentional) social commentary of the opening sequence. Here, a crowd of "straights" visit the Carnival of Perversions and witness horrors ranging from the "Puke Eater" to the "Homosexuals." Each attraction is viewed with similar disgust from the suburbanites, yet they make no effort to leave the show, which seems to call to Water's fascination with the American public's fascination with the fringe of society.


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