Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Multiple Maniacs


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Another effort from notoriously tasteless duo John Waters and Divine, Multiple Maniacs finds heavyweight transvestite Divine as the maniacal head of a group of murderous kidnappers. Bent on ridding society of it's most boring element, suburbanites, Divine and company tour under the guise of Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions , a not-so-elaborate ruse to lure in the most complacent element of the population and slaughter them en masse. Mesmerized by promises of "actual queers, kissing on the … More

Rating: NC-17
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Waters
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Critic Reviews for Multiple Maniacs

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Waters shoots the bravura blasphemy for shuddering passion and keeps upping the fervor

Full Review… | March 13, 2010

Uneven, to put it mildly. But when it is funny, it is priceless.

Full Review… | June 8, 2006
Film Threat

September 23, 2005

August 9, 2002
Hot Button

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Multiple Maniacs

I watched this a couple of months or so ago, decided to chew it over before reviewing and now I come to do so I can't remember a great deal about it, which possibly tells you all you need to know about the quality of the movie. Poking fun at, among other things, the Roman Catholic church and the victims of the Manson Family, Multiple Maniacs certainly goes for the jugular in terms of tastelessness; the problem is, it's just not funny enough. John Waters is quite capable of writing amusing dialogue but there's precious little on display here. Instead, the movie is littered with tedious, over-talkative scenes that take an eternity to go nowhere, and even the two most infamous sequences - the "rosary job" administered on Divine by Mink Stole and the surreal appearance of "Lobstora" - outstay their welcome by several minutes. Curiously, Multiple Maniacs works best in its quieter moments, when it's not desperately trying to be offensive. For example, as I've said, the "rosary job" goes on forever and isn't all that funny, but the build up, with Divine's voiceover telling us one thing and the visuals exactly the opposite, is highly amusing. I also enjoyed David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce's star-crossed lovers routine.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

The film is a little uneven, unsure of where to go exactly and how to get there, but, trust me, what a fun ride it is. The cast is in top shape as always, and like in any Waters film there are plenty of shocks to be found. Always hilarious and highly enjoyable.

Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer


well this is one of john waters first movies he ever made and it shows made in black and white and what had to be on a very low budget this is also got to be one of waters most weirdest movie i gave it this many stars for cult status alone and of course *the lobster scene*. Starring the usual band of misfts in john waters troop includeing Divine and Mink Stole

ken j

Super Reviewer

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