John Waters will forever be remembered for his classics of dark comedy & crude satire but no film of his shall ever hold a candle so bright to the infamous Pink Flamingos. Never before have such revolting images displayed evoke such gleefulness nor has any director before or after Waters captured the true spirit of bad taste on such a micro budget.
Pink Flamingos basically revolves around the twisted lives of two families in Baltimore who pride themselves on being the most filthy people in the world & that's a tough act to follow. Waters is not unlike world renowned artist Andy Warhol in the respect that he wishes to throw pop-culture right back in America's face. Well, except Waters takes it all much further in the annals of putrid comedy as if Warhol's contributions were a tad meager. Welcome to the world of sleaziness, trashy conspirators, & evil doers run amok in this delightful film of America's rejects.
Divine has been branded the most filthiest person alive. Having been forced underground, she lives in a trailer somewhere off the beaten path with her egg-obsessed mom, a voyeuristic travel companion, & her dirty son Crackers. Although Divine prides herself as being a figure of repulsion, she has taken the pseudonym Babs Johnson just to keep everyone safe from society. Babs is a bonafied criminal guilty of numerous charges which could include cannibalism, murder & possibly sex crimes of every variety.
Raymond & Connie live in a more well-to-do section of Maryland & are actually quite envious of Divine. Wishing to claim that title of being the filthiest people alive, they are determined to run Divine clear out of town. The notorious couple are known for capturing young females which serve as slaves in their filthy basement to copulate with their gay servant. The babies are then sold to lesbians for about $5,000 a child & the proceeds are used to finance stores of pornography or front drug dealers. The gay servant not only impregnates these poor girls but then is required to dispose of their corpses after they die in child birth.
Our lovely couple even hires a spy by the name of Cookie to seduce Divine's son Crackers in hopes of attaining more information on the filthy family such as an address so they can torture her & send policeman who will put an end to Bab's birthday bash. Policeman do show up at the party, of course, but they meet an untimely demise & then the motley crew proceeds to feast on their human remains. Again, it's a gruesome site for sure but it's all in good fun.
After learning of the couple's plans to thwart Divine's operation of being the most repulsive woman alive, Crackers & Divine decide it's time to take revenge & pay the couple a visit in which more sleaziness ensues. Note: There is the infamous scene in which Divine bequeaths her motherly love to Crackers which will either generate much unprecedented laughter or upset stomachs. John Waters knows how to have a good time with his audience & the fun doesn't stop here.
Pink Flamingos is perhaps of my all-time favorite examples of guerrilla film-making or indie cinema done correctly with only a micro budget of $10,000. Sadly, films like this are often dismissed as utter trash & are robbed of Oscars. Thank you John Waters & Divine!!!