HARM: A Harmony Korine Retrospective
Screening Dates
  • November 10, 2018 8:30
  • November 11, 2018 8:45

A Dadaist delight, Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers is a direct descendant of Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures, perhaps the first and only.”

Amy Taubin, Film Comment

Harmony Korine’s utterly confounding follow-up to Mister Lonely—a work supposedly indicative of a maturing” filmmaker—was an almost indescribably perverse, garbage-heap artifact made in the vein of crude, no-fi home video. Shot on VHS and edited on two VCRs, Trash Humpers chronicles, via disjunctive, single-shot vignettes, the puerile pastime of four sociopathic seniors” as they perform abhorrent acts in their Nashville haunt—including, you bet, humping trash. The geriatric masks the actors don, which straddle the nightmarish line between authenticity and artifice, recall the living-dead visage of Grandpa Sawyer in 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a close cousin. Perhaps most disturbing—and ingenious—are the shrill, disembodied voices that terrorize the soundtrack, laughing, cawing, heaving, groaning in abject delight. Awarded top prize at Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX by a gutsy jury, Korine’s found footage” freak show is a tour de filth to the nth degree. Proceed with extreme caution!

The home movie from hell … An exercise in experimental provocation and in pure insolence.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian