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Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 10 April 1970 (USA)
Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Lochary ...
Cookie Mueller ...
Edith / Virgin Mary
Cavalcade pervert
Rick Morrow ...
Howard Gruber ...
Paul Swift ...
Steve (Cookie's boyfriend)
Vincent Peranio ...
Jim Thompson ...
Dee Vitolo ...
Ed Peranio ...
Bob Skidmore ...
Cavalcade Patron


The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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10 April 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maníacos múltiples  »

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$5,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,814, 7 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,038, 12 August 2016
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1.66 : 1
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Shot in various locations without permits. See more »


Lady Divine: I was in agony! I had been raped before but never in such an unnatural and brutal way!
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Crazy Credits

From the 2016 BluRay: Restoration - The original 16 mm black-and-white reversal positive was scanned in 4K resolution at Metropolis Post in New York City. The original 16 mm monaural magnetic soundtrack was digitized in 96K 24-bit resolution at DJ Audio in Burbank, Ca. The digital picture and sound restoration was performed at The Criterion Collection in New York City, and supervised by John Waters See more »


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Just another day in Baltimore
2 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Positively revolting!! A tasteless piece of low-budget garbage, with not one redeeming value. It's just too bad John Waters doesn't make them like this anymore. Not that he ever really did. Multiple Maniacs is a bit different from the other Waters trash classics of the 70's. A bit more bizarre, and unpolished, and just a tad more unrealistic. Multiple Maniacs mostly comes off as a rough draft for Waters next and most famous trash epic, Pink Flamingos. Multiple Maniacs is the first real example of what this John Waters guy was all about, rubbing you the wrong way. Meet the cavalcade of perversion. Posing as a traveling freak show, an odd gang of criminals, led by Diving rob and/or murder unsuspecting shock enthusiasts, just looking for a thrill. Divine is an irritable, outlandish hog of a woman just looking for a reason to off someone... anyone. Lately, that boyfriend of hers, Mr. David has been a real pain in the ass, and today, he just might get it, that is, if he doesn't get her first. As the would-be love birds plot on each other, and cheat on one another with their new girlfriends, we, the audience are subjected (treated) to vulgar atrocity after outrageous one-liner after obscene sex act. A delightful little movie indeed. We got all our Dreamland favorites, Cookie, Mink, Mary, David, Divine, and even our pal, Edith pays us a visit. Everyone brings their A games, A, of course standing for amateur, really, unpolished doesn't even begin to describe what's going on here, but out here in Exploitation Country, flaws such as screwed up lines should be expected and embraced, if you didn't know, then now you know. Multiple Maniacs was Waters' first film that wasn't silent, as well as his last black & white. For more colorful trash check out Female Trouble and Desperate Living. As unpolished and inept as it might be, this is one of the most mean-spirited, unflinching, and flat-out rebellious comedies I've seen, and I passionately recommend it every bit as much as Pink Flamingos, unless you're Catholic, in that case, never mind. 9/10

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