Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Trash Humpers 2009

Directed by Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine (Gummo) depicts the deviant exploits of a gang of demented geriatric peeping toms on stuttering low-grade VHS. “Is it a lost underground movie or a new species of freak-folk art?” — Cinema Scope

UK / USA In English
78 minutes

Director, Screenplay, Photography


Charles-Marie Anthonioz
Amina Dasmal
Robin Fox


Leo Scott


Rachel Korine
Brian Kotzur
Travis Nicholson
Harmony Korine
Chris Gantry
Kevin Guthery
Paige Spain
Dave Cloud
Chris Crofton
Charlie Ezel


Toronto, New York, Vancouver, London 2009; Rotterdam, SXSW 2010


In a sustained act of pure vandalism, Harmony Korine (Gummo) mounts an all-out assault on the tenets of cinematic pleasure with a film that could only have been dug up from the darkest, dirtiest trashpile. Shot on low-grade consumer VHS complete with tracking glitches, Trash Humpers haphazardly chronicles the deviant exploits of a gang of demented geriatrics played by Korine, his wife Rachel and their cronies dressed up in wigs and creepy-old-people masks. — MM

“Despite the hilarity or disgust factor in watching deformed old peeping toms literally getting it on with trashcans, it’s nevertheless intoxicating and difficult to turn away, something akin to being mesmerized by a car wreck on the side of the road or even a flasher… The film truly depicts the beauty in utter grotesqueries turned into an art form.” — Lauren Treihaft & Brian Brooks, indieWIRE

“A Dadaist delight.” — Amy Taubin, Film Comment