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Serial Mom - 25th Anniversary

  • CinemaSalem 1 East India Square Mall Salem United States (map)

John Waters will stop at nothing to destroy the hypocritical American Dream. In his work Waters constantly returns to the theme of confines and asks his heroes to shatter them and maybe take a shit on them. He detests moralism, puritanism and certitudes with his films working to obliterate those fallacies in the most outlandish ways possible. Serial Mom is somewhere between a studio film and Waters’ own DIY punk aesthetic lending itself to its construction as a Trojan Horse inviting a larger audiences in with a Hollywoodized aesthetic and leading woman then demolishing social constructs once the theater lights have gone down. As Beverly, Kathleen Turner shines as a mildly put-upon housewife who gets her kicks by disposing of some of the community’s more troublesome neighbors. The brilliance of Waters’ film is how effortless he and Turner depict Beverly’s actions as sensible and not in the least bit desperate. 

Directed by John Waters
1hr 35m | Rated R

Earlier Event: October 6
Ed Wood - 25th Anniversary
Later Event: October 9
John Waters Live