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Poison (1991)

Rating:NC-17
Genre:Drama, Horror
Release Date:April 5, 1991
Running time:85 minutes
Cast:Edith Meeks, Millie White, Buck Smith, Anne Giotta, Lydia Lafleur
Director:Todd Haynes
Producer:Brian Greenbaum
Writer:Jean Genet, Todd Haynes
Distributor:Zeitgeist Films

Description: This film has become infamous thanks to the efforts of the Rev. Donald Wildmon, who publicly questioned the fact that NEA dollars were spent on this filth. While Wildmon's point was certainly overstated, this debut feature from Todd Haynes is quite disturbing. The Poison in question is sex, and its toxic effects are explored in three segments which have been shuffled together like a deck of cards. Hero is a pseudo-documentary about a seven-year-old boy who shoots his father and then ascends into the sky. Horror is a mad-scientist story filmed like a Roger Corman B-movie. The scientist in question has managed to distill the essence of the human sex drive into a test tube. When he inadvertently drinks it, he turns into a leprous monster, terrorizing the city. Homo is a gay love story set in a prison. All three segments are based on the writings of Jean Genet.~ John Voorhees, All Movie Guide

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