Tab Hunter rules.
The Baltimore Foot Stompers Orgins revealed.
Danny Northside - Monday, August 8, 2011
Director: John Waters
Starring: Starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson, Mary Garlington, and Stiv Bators
Website: John Waters Facebook Page
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Residing in the suburbs of Baltimore might sound to some people as the easy life but for Francine Fishpaw (Divine) it’s a constant shit storm of disappointment. Her husband Elmer (Samson) is screwing his secretary and is making the evening news in the neighborhood with his x-rated theatre. Francine’s children are no prize package either. You have Lu-Lu (Garlington), her floozy pregnant daughter, whose aspirations are to quit school, become a go-go dancer, and drink beer with her hoodlum boyfriend Bo-Bo (Bators). And Francine’s son Dexter is hooked on sniffing cleaning solvents.
Oh yea, he has a major foot fetish too, causing him to creep up on random ladies in shopping centers and smashing their feet. The police have been searching for him and have named him The Baltimore Foot Stomper.
Just when her life has finally come crashing down, she meets her Mr. Wonderful in Todd Tomorrow (Hunter). Todd is a high class gentleman who wines and dines Francine and sweeps this lonely housewife off her feet. Longing for affection, Francine may have met the man of her dreams. But will Todd be the real solution for her downward spiral or will her loving family’s warmth and support save the day?
This is by far one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Yes, it’s a bold statement to make, but its true. I have seen Polyester probably over ten times by now and still laugh at things I know are going to happen. It’s a raunchier Hairspray, an improved Pink Flamingos, and in all honesty one of the best exploitation type films to come out of the eighties. I feel that most of John Waters’s films carry an acquired taste; he has an unorthodox style and sense of humor. He introduces you to some of the lowest forms of human beings possible and in this film, convinces you to care about them.
Devine is amazing in this too. There is no way I could ever imagine any other woman (or man for that matter!) as Francine Fishpaw. He was simply awesome as an abused “Good Christian Woman” who is stuck in a living hell. Tab Hunter’s Todd is definitely the most ridiculous character he has ever played and gives cheeseball a whole new meaning. I especially liked Lu-Lu with her constant dancing and wild attitude. Honestly, each actor’s character is so unique it’s hard not to mention them all.
If you’re looking for a really good laugh and a strange movie Polyester is the ticket. John Waters hit pay dirt with this movie. Hairspray or Cry Baby may be his bigger films that carry more notoriety, but Polyester is a gem more valuable than any other.
Killer scene: When Jean Hill who plays a religious woman chases Bo-Bo down after high jacking a bus and she “bites” his tire before proceeding to kick his ass. That is one funny scene that always makes me laugh out loud!
Useless trivia: Stiv Bators who played Bo-Bo sang for the legendary punk band The Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church. He was known to be a crazy bastard and was a madman on stage. He used to cut himself apart frequently while performing and hung himself (He actually died for a few minutes too!) live at a gig one night. While standing on a sidewalk in Paris France in 1990, Stiv was struck by a car. He walked away from the accident but died later in his sleep.
Enjoy the trailer!