Polyester is a 1981 comedy film directed, produced, and written by John Waters, and starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, and Mink Stole. It was filmed in Waters’ native Baltimore, Maryland, and features a gimmick called “Odorama”, whereby viewers could smell what they saw on screen through scratch and sniff cards.
The film is a satirical look at suburban life involving divorce, abortion, adultery, alcoholism, foot fetishism, and the Religious Right.
“Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical film written and directed by John Waters. It stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel “Cry-Baby” Wade Walker, and also features a large ensemble cast that includes Amy Locane, Iggy Pop, Traci Lords, Ricki Lake, Kim McGuire, David Nelson, Susan Tyrrell, and Patty Hearst. The film did not achieve high audience numbers in its initial release, but has subsequently become a cult classic and spawned a Broadway musical of the same name which was nominated for four Tony Awards.
The film is a parody of teen musicals (particularly Grease) and centers on a group of delinquents that refer to themselves as “drapes” and their interaction with the rest of the town and its other subculture, the “squares”, in 1950s Baltimore, Maryland. “Cry-Baby” Walker, a drape, and Allison, a square, create upheaval and turmoil in their little town of Baltimore by breaking the subculture taboos and falling in love. The film shows what the young couple has to overcome to be together and how their actions affect the rest of the town. Continue reading
John Waters does the best commentary tracks in the business. Yes, better than Bruce Campbell. He is engaging, lively, witty, self-deprecating, revealing, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema. The Pink Flamingos commentary track is particularly revelatory, as he delves into the history of the film’s censorship, the court battles he has had to go through (and has never won) to try and get the film shown, and innumerable anecdotes about the cast, crew, and the making of the film. Absolutely invaluable. Continue reading
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The people at New Line Cinema are well aware of Waters’ expertise at audio commentaries, as their trio of bundled sets attest to. He’s joined on the Desperate Living disc by co-star Liz Renay, who plays the sexpot Muffy St. Jacques. Now 75 years old, this lively and scandalous lady offers some hysterical views on penis size and the nice people she met at Terminal Island, where she was imprisoned for perjury. (Some book publisher needs to offer her a contract for her autobiography!) Among his comments, Waters points out a lot of subliminal details and comically sums up the movie as a “lesbian fairy tale about political corruption.” Continue reading
This improvised film is based on the true-life suicide of TV personality Art Linkletter’s daughter, Diane. Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter fret about their daughter’s recent behavior, which includes taking drugs and dating a lowlife named Jim. Eventually, the parents confront Diane… with tragic consequences. Continue reading
A day in the lives of a hit-and-run driver and her victim, and the bizarre things that happen to them before and after they collide (sexual assault by a crazed foot-fetishist, visions of the Virgin Mary, strange chicken-foot grafting operations). Written by Michael Brooke Continue reading