Three determined women, Divine, Cookie and Mink Stole, set out to solve the Sharon Tate murders.


John Waters


John Waters





Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Lady Divine
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 ... Freak
Jim Thompson Jim Thompson ... Freak
Dee Vitolo Dee Vitolo ... Freak
Ed Peranio Ed Peranio ... Freak
Bob Skidmore 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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You won't believe this one!


Comedy | Crime | Horror


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The opening credits were done on shelving paper. See more »


When Lady Divine is attacked on the street by the two huffers, a shadow of the cameraman is clearly visible on the sidewalk and across the trio as they fight. See more »


Mink: Oh, Jesus, you're my first celebrity I ever gave a rosary job to! And at St. Cecilia's, oh, wow, imagine!
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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

The film was unreleased in the UK until the 1990 Castle video release, and this was then cut by almost 5 minutes by the BBFC to remove a closeup of a man's penis and to heavily edit a scene where rosary beads are inserted into Divine's rectum. See more »


References 2 - I, a Woman, Part II (1968) See more »


Mars (from 'The Planets')
Written by Gustav Holst
[Heard after lobster scene]
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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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Release Date:

10 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Multiple Maniacs See more »


Box Office


$5,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,814, 7 August 2016

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Dreamland See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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