Cult Film Spotlight: Pink Flamingos (1972)
John Waters is perhaps the most daring, unapologetic and unconforming filmmaker in American history. With a career spanning over 40 years, he has continued to stick to his guns and produce independent films that defy conventional means and continue to shock audiences with explicit content, outrageous characters & off-the-wall humor that is unrivaled in terms of originality. His crowning achievement, the film that was (and still is) banned in many countries around the world, a film that was released in theaters with complimentary barf bags for those brave enough to sit through it, is 1972′s ‘Pink Flamingos’ and is the reigning Queen of Cult Cinema for 40 years.
Starring some of the most vile and disgusting characters ever seen on film (and narrated by John Waters), ‘Pink Flamingos’ tells the offbeat story of people competing for the title of “filthiest people alive” and the lengths they will go to prove their worthiness. That’s the most basic way to put it, as the actual acts are too bizzarre to try and explain (and most people will stop reading this if I try). Safe to say, this film validates its reputation with unforgettable scenes of depravity and a very sick sense of humor. Millions of fans love it, millions hate it, just about everyone is aware that it exists. If you look up “cult movies” anywhere on the internet, ‘Pink Flamingos’ will undoubtedly be mentioned in just about every article you come across.
We now have a ‘Pink Flamingos’ Sound Quote Collection now playing on Hark for all who wish to partake in the madness. Love it of hate it, this film is a crowning achievement of what is possible with very little money, big dreams, and a very strong stomach. And, if you happen to live in a country where this movie is still banned to this day, enjoy. But, you may want to bring your own barf bag.
Pop Quiz, Hotshot: Did you know that the infamous scene where Divine eats the dog feces was completely real? As disgusting as that sounds, it is absolutely true. Also, this movie was considered so vile and obscene that up until 1997 it carried an “X” rating in the US, it was then re-rated to “NC-17″. Many countries to this day still ban this film, including Australia and Norway.