From the GATW Archives: SXSW 2010 Review: TRASH HUMPERS

Rating: 8/10

Writer/director: Harmony Korine
Cast: Charles Ezell, Kevin Guthrie, Harmony Korine, Rachel Korine, Chris Gantry, Travis Nicholson, Page Spain

Congratulations, Harmony, you’ve just made the weirdest movie ever.

If I could described Harmony Korine’s TRASH HUMPERS in one sentence, I would say “Weird people doing weird shit while humping trash cans and trees.” Since you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you’ve already seen Harmony’s previous films and you already know weird is Harmony’s God given gift. Harmony’s that guy that’s not weird for the sake of being weird, he’s just naturally strange and cares 0% about what people think of him or his films. By definition, he fits the bill. His recent outing is called TRASH HUMPERS. It’s extremely, um, colorful (trying to avoid that noun you know I want to use), and after a few days of what I just saw marinating in my brain, I came to the realization that TRASH HUMPERS is something I want to hang on to.

TRASH HUMPERS is a feature-length collective of three elderlys (or young people posing to look elderly by wearing cheap Freddy Krueger masks - I’ll let you decide) who do random acts of destruction, violence and yes, trash humping. I wrote down a small list of other things that happened throughout the film which raised enough attention to note: They clean a wheelchair at the car wash, lurk in windows and spank overweight strippers while one of them sings “Holy Night.” Through out the film, the Humper holding the camera belts out a haunting laugh. At other random moments, a new character is brought in and does some type of speech, those consist of: a little boy (who teaches us how to murder a doll by hammering it on a basketball court), a 50-something year old man dressed up in a skimpy maid’s costume that you have no doubt seen on Halloween who belts nonsense that I couldn’t even transcribe if I tried, two twins (random men connected by panthose at the head) make pancakes while the camera person yells “Make it make it! Don’t fake it!” repeatedly, and a man who stares at the camera and “woo woos” like a train for five to six minutes. This is TRASH HUMPERS in a nutshell.

TRASH HUMPERS was shot and edited on VHS - which makes the collected footage appear even more raw and disturbing. Harmony wants his audience to view this like it’s actual found footage of three sociopaths who filmed themselves lurking the streets and wrecking everything in their path. Throughout the film, the camera tries to auto correct and the images become distorted due to being shot on VHS (now been fixed due to the digital age). This is where I tip my hat to Harmony. Shooting in such a dirty style put the film on a grand scale of surrealism. If you didn’t know who Harmony Korine was and I told you this video was real, you’d believe me.

The audience is supposed to view this film like it was a tape randomly stumbled upon whether it be wondering down the road or coming across in someone’s trash. This feel gives the film a horrifying presence because it’s a sad realization that there are crazy individuals out there that just want to destroy the world. Since you’re at the end of this review, you know what you’re in for when watching TRASH HUMPERS.

From the GATW Archives: The Texas Theater and GATW present the Dallas Premiere and one time only screening of Harmony Korine’s TRASH HUMPERS

Back at SXSW, I caught Harmony Korine’s TRASH HUMPERS. If you read my review, then you discovered two facts: this movie brings new meaning to the phrase “What The Fuck?,” and I really liked it, which might say something about me.  Shortly after seeing the film, I interviewed Harmony about it and various things happening in his life.  He also drew me a poem and it was all caught on video.  Only with Harmony Korine can you expect the unexpected during an interview.

Last week Marc Lee from The Texas Theater emailed me and asked if we wanted to co-host/co-sponsor the Dallas premiere of TRASH HUMPERS.  The one thing that ups this already awesome factor is this: this will be the only Dallas showing of the film.  I’ve made a facebook event that has all the details you’ll need to know. Select “attending” if you plan on coming so we can get an idea of who might be showing up (I hope to see all your pretty faces). If you just wanna see what this is all about, hit the hump (tee hee) to read the official press release.

The Texas Theater and present the Dallas Premiere and one-time only screening of Harmony Korine’s controversial TRASH HUMPERS.

Plus: The award-winning June lineup
for the “Movies at The Texas” screening series.

JUNE 7, 2010—The Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff and co-host will show the Dallas premiere of Harmony Korine’s hotly debated film TRASH HUMPERS. The one-time-only screening takes place on Saturday, July 31 at the historic Oak Cliff theater, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Korine’s films as a director and writer (KIDS, GUMMO, JULIEN DONKEY-BOY) have always stirred debate, and TRASH HUMPERS is no exception. Famed director told the New York Times, “[Korine’s] a very clear voice of a generation of filmmakers that is taking a new position.”

TRASH HUMPERS follows a small group of elderly “Peeping Toms” through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. Crudely documented by the participants themselves, we follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of have never been seen. Inhabiting a world of broken dreams, and beyond the limits of morality, they crash against a torn and frayed America. Bordering on an ode to vandalism, it is a new type of horror—palpable and raw.

Tickets $7 available day of show.


Mondays (Spanish with English subtitles)
June 14: El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)
June 21: Voy A Explotar (I’m Gonna Explode)

June 15: Easy Rider, in honor of Dennis Hopper
June 22: Dead Man
June 29: Facebook Fan’s Favorite David Lynch movie
(We’ll be putting up a poll soon. Come to our page and VOTE!)


GATW’s interview with Harmony Korine