Apr 7, 2017
Movie Meltdown - Episode 390
This week we talk with the one,
the only - John Waters. Now is
he intrinsically evil? Well, we'd say no.
But the Censor Board may have a different answer. Or The Baltimore
Police Department. Or certain Canadian film distributors. Or...
well, there's probably a lot of people.
Listen as we revisit stories of his early days of shooting films in his hometown, specifically, the newly restored and rereleased Multiple Maniacs. And just how this kid from Baltimore got together with his friends and inadvertently came to offend so many people over the years. But along with these crazy stories comes some wisdom. So as John goes out into the world and talks to people today... does he hold the key to living an interesting and fulfilling life? Listen and find out for yourself.
And as we bask in the cultured luster of Janus Films presents, we also discuss... The Cavalcade Of Perversion... on their front lawn, shooting on 16mm, it's like a hostage video, smoking pot and taking acid, lobsters are scary, the Theatre of the Absurd, tawdry, they look like snuff movies, it was my monster movie and Divine was the monster,there was no art direction in there, Edward Albee, in black and white, we were all kids that were in trouble in suburbia, There were no laws really against that, the Theatre of the Absurd, that was a friend of mine that was a junkie, I was just so thrilled you could see it and hear it, oh God no wonder my parents were uptight, she started sobbing and screaming, we weren't really like that... but our humor was really like that, the judge read us a poem, in my LSD'ed mind at the time, with those two big Mickey Mouse ears, we wanted to be hippies and beatniks, magnetic stripe sound, which at that time was fairly radical, the stations of the cross, it was a joke on an exploitation movie, she was kind of goth before there was such a thing, Conspiracy To Commit Indecent Exposure and Lobstora.
Spoiler Alert: While we talk
extensively about Multiple Maniacs, I'm pretty sure you
can't really 'spoil' that movie. You just need to see it yourself
to truly experience it. So go watch Multiple
"We didn't have permits, we didn't ask to shoot. We just hit and run!"