John Waters has been a cult icon for decades, but not all of his works are easily seen. Janus Films is helping correct that with a theatrical re-release of “Multiple Maniacs,” his 1970 film carrying the tagline “Restored! Reviled! Revolting!” The restoration comes courtesy of the Criterion Collection, with Janus Films set to premiere the long out-of-release “celluloid atrocity” at the Provincetown Film Festival next week.
“Restoration is an amazing thing,” said the “Pink Flamingos” director in a statement. “Finally, ‘Multiple Maniacs’ looks like a bad John Cassavetes film! I couldn’t be more thrilled!” Waters’ second movie, “Maniacs” has rarely been seen in the many decades since it first raised eyebrows and pushed the envelope in a way that has become the filmmaker’s trademark.
“Multiple Maniacs” features Divine, one of Waters’ best-known collaborators. Janus Films is releasing the film on August 5 in New York before expanding nationwide.