PEEP SHOW: Desperate Living (Encore Show w/ Mink Stole in Person!)

The fabulous Mink Stole joins us in person to introduce one of the most out-there ’70s films PERIOD! John Waters’ first film without regular leading lady Divine is also one of his most extreme and gut-busting trash epics, kicking off with perhaps the funniest ten minutes he ever filmed as harried mental patient Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole) loses her marbles and, with the aid of obese maid Grizelda (Jean Hill), smothers her husband to death. On the lam, these “sisters in crime” wind up in the evil magic kingdom of Mortville, presided over by the sadistic and completely insane Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey) who forces her male guards to perform strip routines. Toss in a dog food murderer, a nudist garbage man, a panty-sniffing patrol cop, gaudy production design including a cut-rate Day-Glo palace, a rabid princess, and a most wince-inducing scissors sex change, and you’ve got an X-rated bedtime story that only the maker of Pink Flamingos could tell.
Dir. John Waters, 1977, 35mm, 90 min.