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FILMOGRAPHY

A Dirty Shame

Cecil B. Demented

Pecker

Serial Mom

Cry Baby

Hairspray

Polyester

Desperate Living

Female Trouble

Pink Flamingos

Multiple Maniacs

Mondo Trasho

The Diane Linkletter Story

Eat Your Makeup

Roman Candles

Hag In A Black Leather Jacket


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Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

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Seed of Chucky

The Cockettes

Pie in the Sky

Divine Trash
& In Bad Taste


Love Letter To Edie

Sweet and Lowdown

Forever Hollywood

The Simpsons

Anthem

Homer & Eddie

Something Wild

Divine Waters

Mondo Trasho

Starring Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole

John's first full-length feature film, Mondo Trasho, was produced for only $2000 (which isn't so suprising once you've seen it). Like many of his early films, this money was borrowed from his dad. Although there is no dialogue, there is a soundtrack of scratchy rock-n-roll records and a few choice voiceovers.

Mary Vivian Pearce is the lead, although she is dead through most of the film. While on a walk, she is run-down by a car driven by Divine (who isn't such a bad driver, she just got distracted by the naked man hitch-hiking). Divine then takes it upon herself to care for the dead girl. For her good deeds, Divine is visited by the Virgin Mary. The girl is brought to a mad-doctor, played by David Lochary, who replaces her feet with very ugly feet.

"Back then I didn't know you had to have location scouts. In the film's last scene, when Divine is in a pigsty, dying in pig shit, I never asked the farmer if we could shoot there. I don't even know if anyone was home. We just pulled over, jumped out, shot the scene, and ran." - John Waters

Trivial note: at the premiere in a local church, Cookie Mueller, who had just been released from a mental hospital, won the doorprize of a free hamburg dinner at the Little Tavern. And she was a part of Waters' world forever after.

1969, 16mm, black and white, 95 minutes

Released through New Line Cinema