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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Rachel Korine
Brian Kotzur
Travis Nicholson.
Directors
Harmony Korine.
Screenwriters
Running Time
78 minutes

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Trash Humpers
Nashville's weirder side


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Plot
Harmony Korine's VHS camera follows a group of elderly sociopaths in Nashville, Tennesse.


Review
Trash Humpers
To his eternal credit, Harmony Korine talks a good fight. Trash Humpers is a tale of “true sociopaths, the likes of which have never been seen before”. It’s a story inspired by some boozy OAPs who haunted the young Harmony’s neighbourhood, though if they’d behaved half as badly as these lumbering ne’er-do-wells, they’d have been rounded up and tasered. Shot on flickering VHS, these nightmarish figures drift from one grim scenario — a fat man is suffocated, someone’s butchered in a kitchen — to another. Which probably makes it sound more impactful than it deserves; mostly it’s a loose-limbed collection of indolence and inactivity. And, yes, they really do try and shag bins, often.


Verdict
A often grim vaudeville parade of Nashville's oddballs and ne'er-do-wells.


Reviewed by Philip Wilding

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Unique and indelible

Having recently fallen in love with Gummo, I had high hopes for this, which initially seemed to have been unfounded. On first viewing disbelief jostles with boredom, but the images and especially the sound are insidious; if you make it to the end, don't be surprised if you feel the need to watch it again, if only to get over the WTF factor. There is more to it than meets the eye; challenging scenes, amusing characters, profound joy in destruction, seriously disturbing ideas. I love it now, but w... More

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Unique and indelible

Having recently fallen in love with Gummo, I had high hopes for this, which initially seemed to have been unfounded. On first viewing disbelief jostles with boredom, but the images and especially the sound are insidious; if you make it to the end, don't be surprised if you feel the need to watch it again, if only to get over the WTF factor. There is more to it than meets the eye; challenging scenes, amusing characters, profound joy in destruction, seriously disturbing ideas. I love it now, but w... More

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Posted by TKK Silvergun at 20:04, 03 October 2010 | Report This Post


I actually quite enjoyed this... couldn't tell you why though. ... More

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Posted by odddaze at 12:17, 16 June 2010 | Report This Post


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