Newswire: John Waters’ hard-to-find trash epic Multiple Maniacs gets the Criterion treatment

You can see a lot of things in John Waters movies, but if you want to see Divine get raped by a giant lobster, you’ll have to do some digging. That outrageous scenario comes literally out of nowhere in the climactic scene of Multiple Maniacs, Water’s second feature film, which stars Divine as the leader of a traveling show of misfits and provocateurs called the “Cavalcade of Perversion” who becomes bored with simply shocking audiences every night and starts killing them instead. (Waters is nothing if not thematically consistent.) The film also marks the first movie appearance by Waters favorite Edith Massey, as well as a blasphemous scene involving Divine, Mink Stole, and a crucifix.

Released in 1970, despite Waters’ devoted cult following Multiple Maniacs has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray. (Its only home-video release was a VHS that came out in 1994.) That may be …

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