Blockbuster has pretty much gone the way of the dodo bird with their adherence to an outmoded business model driving them into the ground. Oh sure, there was a time when the blue and yellow stores with their thousands of copies of new releases was the only game in town, but with Netflix providing an unparalleled selection, at reasonable prices, with no late fees and titles delivered right to your door, Blockbuster quickly lagged. So dawn of a new era of unlimited options right? Wrong it would seem. While Blockbuster had gotten flack during their peak years for letting their family values policies guide what movies they would stock (Todd Solondz refused to edit “Happiness” for the chain while Darren Aronofsky delivered an R-rated cut “Requiem For A Dream” for the chain) it looks the moral police are still in full effect.
In a statement released by Drag City, the label says “Netflix has deemed the content of ‘Trash Humpers‘ to be too inappropriate for their subscribers to make it available to them. From their perspective, they may be right: they certainly know their subscribers and their tastes, and might have a better awareness of their breaking point (we thought that might have been fuckin’ ‘Avatar‘).” The label chillingly adds, “We don’t expect Netflix to carry anything they don’t want to, for whatever reason, but it reminds us that this is the price paid when we allow one entity to control the lion’s-share of content distribution.”
As is rightly pointed out by Drag City, Netflix already carries every other Korine film and titles like “Antichrist,” “Irreversible” and “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” all of which contain scenes that are far more graphic than anything in Korine’s, admittedly demented, “Trash Humpers.” We would wager the word “humpers” in the title raised the flag with someone at Netflix who decided to watch it and didn’t like what they saw. It seems like a pretty arbitrary decision that will hopefully get overturned, but until then, there are plenty of indie outlets around the country that have no problem stocking the title on their shelves, and they definitely deserve your hard earned dollar. To get a taste of Korine’s film, check out the NSFW trailer below.