Monday, August 8, 2016
DESPERATE LIVING (1977)
DESPERATE LIVING was the first feature-length film that John Waters did without Divine (due to scheduling issues) and, to me, that's just horrible. My favorite thing about John Waters movies is the combination of Waters' skills as a filmmaker/writer and Divine's performances. I love all of the other Dreamlanders (Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Cookie Mueller, etc.), but Divine is my favorite and his absence here is too much for me. David Lochary's absence hurt also.
Even without Divine and David, DESPERATE LIVING is still a fun time. Mink Stole's performance is amazing and main reason I occasionally revisit the film. Tons of unattractive nudity, lots of insane screaming, sleazy looking sets (except for John Waters' parents house which is beautiful), a great starting pace that runs out of steam during the last act, an infant in a refrigerator and some hilarious quotable lines. Recommended, but not required.
If you need me, I'll be sleeping in the room next to you...nakeeeedd!