To be honest, I'm not really sure what TRASH HUMPERS is. The trailer, which knocks my bloody socks off every time I see it, is actually terrifying. I'm not saying that lightly, as one might say about a run-of-the-mill horror film. This little bit or craziness makes me uncomfortable, like I'm watching something that is evil. And I like it.
The word that seems to be circulating among the critics is "nightmare." The film seems to capture something unconscious but definitely frightening. "TRASH HUMPERS follows a small group of elderly semi-mutants through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world," SXSW writes.
The film comes from the twisted mind of Harmony Korine, the auteur-provocateur who is responsible for KIDS, GUMMO, JULIEN DONKEY-BOY, and MISTER LONELY. His films are oft-despised for their upsetting aesthetic and unconventional, seemingly nonsensical flourishes, yet even his detractors cannot deny his ability to make a distressing picture. He is a master of the craft of unrest.
His new movie has gotten a lot of buzz, including a heap of controversy at our own SXSW. Some say this is his best picture in years, others walked out in disgust. What's it going to be for you?