The Electric

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Multiple Maniacs

Saturday 29th July


Screen 2

Director: John Waters

Starring: Divine, Edith Massey

Rating: 18

USA 1970, 97mins

John Waters could well be the patron saint of the Shock & Gore festival, so when we discovered that there was a brand spanking new digital print of his gloriously grotesque second feature Multiple Maniacs available, we knew we had to screen it. Robbery, murder, blasphemy and lobster rape. Multiple Maniacs has it all.

Made on a shoestring in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a travelling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader - the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who's out for blood after discovering her lover's affair.