SERIAL MOM
1994, Universal, 95 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

Writer-director John Waters’ gift for tasteless humor and interest in criminal behavior reaches its zenith in this outrageous black comedy. Kathleen Turner gives a tour-de-force performance as Beverly Sutphin, a suburban housewife who responds to even the slightest offense with lethal force. As Beverly defends herself in court after her arrest, SERIAL MOM skewers our obsession with celebrity outlaws as effectively as this June Cleaver-with-a-meat-cleaver does her victims. Co-starring Sam Waterston, and featuring a host of Waters favorites including Ricki Lake, Traci Lords and Patricia Hearst.


FEMALE TROUBLE
1975, New Line Cinema, 89 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

Director John Waters’ follow-up to PINK FLAMINGOS, FEMALE TROUBLE is in many ways even more outrageous, a certifiable classic of politically incorrect, trailer-trash culture. Drag queen supreme Divine stars in a double role as juvenile delinquent-turned-sociopathic killer Dawn Davenport and macho loser Earl. Like Russ Meyers’ FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, FEMALE TROUBLE offers up more than its share of classic lines and bizarre, demented images. If you’ve only seen Waters’ later films such as HAIRSPRAY and PECKER, come get yourself an education on one of the subversive giants of American independent filmmaking!


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