Multiple Maniacs

Multiple Maniacs




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This cult classic from the legendary John Waters follows the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, out for after discovering her lover's affair. Starring members of Waters' beloved regular cast, the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, Edith Massey, George Figgs, and Cookie Mueller), Multiple Maniacs is an anarchic masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of good taste for decades.

Reasons to Buy

  1. John Waters' gloriously grotesque second feature is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema's most memorably blasphemous moments.
  2. Made on a shoestring budget in Waters' native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on nearly every technical task, Multiple Maniacs is a gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era.
  3. Never before available on DVD, the Criterion Collection has come to the rescue with a glorious new 4K restoration. The special features include a new audio commentary featuring Waters and new interviews with cast and crew members Pat Moran, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs and Vincent Peranio.

DVD Features

New Audio Commentary featuring Waters
New Interviews with Cast and Crew Members Pat Moran, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs, and Vincent Peranio
New Video Essayby Scholar Gary Needham
Plus: An Essay by Critic Linda Yablonsky


  • Director: John Waters
  • Writer: John Waters
  • Length: 1 hrs. 36 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Mar 21 2017
  • Production Year: 1970
  • TLA SKU: 1893900
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 715515194914
  • Catalog #: DV11273603


2 Reviews for Multiple Maniacs

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In-House Review - Apr 16 2009
The film Waters claimed "flushed religion out of my system" is so irredeemable that even describing it offends public standards of morality. But we'll try. A traveling carnival called "Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions" lands in Baltimore and di... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
In 1970, John Waters released "Multiple Maniacs" which now has been remastered and rereleased as part of the Criterion Collection. It stars Divine as the main attraction in a freak show called the Cavalcade of Perversion. The barker tells us that the... Read More

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