Restored to its revoltingly, inciteful glory by Janus Films and the Criterion Collection, John Waters’ astoundingly grotesque—unavailable-for-decades—second feature comes to theatres at long last. And, the restored version of Multiple Maniacs comes to Baltimore’s Charles Theatre in September for a very limited run. Waters will introduce the film for one screening only, September 12th; he’ll also host a question and answer session.

We have our tickets.

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Divine, a Baltimore Original

Rich and overflowing with all manner of depravity—from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments—Waters’ film was made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore with Waters taking on nearly every creative and technical task.

Multiple Maniacs has been referred to as a gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of the late 60s and early 70s. It’s both disgusting and a joy to watch.

The film focuses on the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: The glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

Restoration is an amazing thing. Finally, Multiple Maniacs looks like a bad John Cassavetes film! I couldn’t be more thrilled!
—John Waters

Starring Waters’ beloved stock company (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), Multiple Maniacs is an anarchist masterwork from an artist who has relentlessly tested the limits of decorum for decades.

Here’s the trailer for the restored version.

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 9.55.48 PM.pngMultiple Maniacs at The Charles:
Saturday, September 10, 11:30 a.m.
Monday, September 12, 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 15, 9 p.m.

The Charles Theatre
1711 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD