Gross Movies
Leave it to John Waters, Peter Jackson, and Andy Warhol to push the boundaries of bad taste and produce films that just make you want to vomit. Then again if the audience weren't there then they wouldn't make them, would they?

Bad Taste- (1988)

Dir- Peter Jackson
If only, every movie lived up to its title! Director Peter Jackson’s film debut is one of the most infamous if not most disgustingly fun movies ever to be released on video. An alien invasion has occurred, and the inhabitants of a New Zealand town have disappeared. Luckily for humankind, we have an intrepid quartet of bungling government commandos who are ready to take on the alien menace. The Alien Invasion Defense Service (AIDS?) meets up with a horde of flesh-eating zombies. With a little firepower and old-fashioned guts, they hope to fight the aliens off before they set up a fast food restaurant featuring happy human meals. Along the way their misplaced leader Derek must try to regroup with his squad, that is unless he can keep his head altogether. The first cool film from New Zealand is also the first movie by filmmaker Jackson, who spent four years working on the finished product. The low-budget look and excellently cheesy gore make this film the tastiest debut film since The Evil Dead and the original Night Of The Living Dead. A must see for all gore hounds, but I must warn this is a disgusting movie complete with a hideous vomit cocktail. Jackson would top this with the more outrageous Meet The Feebles and the ultimate zombie gore-fest Dead Alive. Remember to watch the skies!

Desperate Living- (1977)

Dir- Peter Jackson
A rich housewife murders her husband with the help of her overweight maid, and the two go on the run, ending up in Mortville, a town providing refuge for criminals. They shack up with a lesbian ex-wrestler and her lover, before running into the tyrannical Queen Carlotta, ruler of Mortville. Another classic by the prince of sleaze John Waters, featuring his circus of performers including Mary Vivian Pierce, Edith Massey, and Mink Stole. The film boasted a self-imposed X-Rating and was filled with weird looking sets, strange sexual imagery and everything you would expect from John Waters.

Meet The Feebles- (1989) New Zealand

Dir- Peter Jackson
Ever wonder what kind of movie would offend John Waters, it is very safe to say that if ever there was a film that would offend just about everyone it would be "Meet The Feebles." Who exactly are the Feebles, they are a motley group of Muppet likes creatures who work in a theater production company. The Feebles--the creatures that populate this movie--are a cross between the Muppets and the monsters from RETURN OF THE JEDI. But the denizens of Peter Jackson's dark, puppet demesne are not cute and cuddly. To the outside world, the stars of "The Fabulous Feebles Variety Hour" television special are celebrities worthy of adoration, but those who spend time behind-the-scenes know the real story. The Feebles are engaged in every depravity imaginable, from pornography to homicidal shooting sprees.MEET THE FEEBLES is for those with a strong stomach and a severely warped sense of humor. The film is so off the beaten track that it makes MONTY PYTHON seem mainstream. The mood of the viewer goes a long way to determining how much enjoyment is culled from MEET THE FEEBLES. It probably helps to watch this film with a group of like-minded individuals, perhaps after imbibing a little too much alcohol. Calling this film "bizarre" is far too tame--it's sick, ribald, and willing to try just about anything. That makes for a nearly-unprecedented monument to bad taste. Sounds a little like something by John Waters, doesn't it? It should be noted that grossing people out isn't the only objective of MEET THE FEEBLES. Despite being buried beneath copious quantities of body fluids and other revolting material, Jackson's film contains a satirical message about not objectifying media stars.

Pink Flamingos- (1972) US

Dir- John Waters
Never let it be said that John Waters made what you might call mainstream movies. After all the man that brought you Serial Mom, Crybaby and Hairspray could never justify any film unless it had some bit of controversy. That is why Pink Flamingos will always be the most bizarre and perverted of the pack. Pink Flamingos like many of his other movies is set in his hometown of Baltimore and stars his gang of regulars who all seem to have been found at the local dive on the corner. The most famous of the pack was the late Divine, a cross-dresser with whom Waters would see every day as a student. Divine was more than just an actor; he was the very embodiment of what John Waters wanted to portray. As in other films, Divine plays a large woman who is trying to find her identity, in this movie it is the title of "Most Filthy Person in the World." Well it seems the trailer park dwelling Divine is up against the new competition, the Marbles feel they are the most filthy people and aim to prove it. In the course of the film, we witness kidnapping, rape, sodomy, white slavery, baby selling, furniture rubbing, drug dealing and just about every other form of depravity. All in the attempt to gain the coveted title of Most Filthy. When we reach the final deadly confrontation, Divine eats a turd and proclaims herself the most filthy person in the world. Pink Flamingos shocks its viewers with a collection of very gross people doing even more blatant things, all of this in an attempt to make the audience wretch in their seats. As with many Glasses of water films we find the all out shock to be upsetting and unpleasant, yet what separates this movie from many of the above is that this is pure satire and in no way is designed to scare the audience. What we do see is every attempt to gross out an audience and make them feel sick about the film. Pink Flamingos will never be the family classic that Serial Mom is, but as an all-out cult film, it will forever reign at the top.

Transpotting- (1996)

Dir- Danny Boyle
Follow the lives of a group of Scottish blokes as they go about their lives trying to find good women, good booze, and a real high, and not really in that order. Set in the underbelly of Edinburgh Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his so-called mates-- a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves, and junkies. We first meet Renton, our faithful leader, and an everyday good guy, he has a problem and knows it but can not find the strength to overcome his heroin habit. There’s Begbie, a real hard drinking, fist fighting man’s man who avoids smack like the plaque but has no problem robbing and stealing to have himself a good time. Diane is Renton’s gal and is she a looker and wise for her age, yet a night with her can get you put in jail. Sick Boy is the opportunist and always ready to sell anyone out for the deal of a lifetime, even if it means ripping off his mates. Finally, we have Spud, good ole Spud is everyone’s pal and, unfortunately, ends up being everyone’s fall guy, but he is a good friend and will not do you wrong. Hilarious but harrowing, the film charts the disintegration of their friendship as they proceed, seemingly inevitably, towards self-destruction. Mark alone has the insight and opportunity to escape his fate but then again, does he want to "choose life"? Trainspotting came into the theaters and wowed the critics and audiences alike, with its witty dialogue, good location and excellent portrayals by its fine cast. The film’s message and content disturbed others; the film contains many graphic scenes of heroin abuse, infanticide, and enough shocking scenes to make anyone puke. A real delight to genre fans and one film that will show you the filthiest toilet in movie history.

Wetlands- (2013)

Dir- David Wnendt