Poison

Poison

  • Released: 1991
    • Length: 01:26:00
    • Plays: ???
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From the Oscar-nominated director of Far from Heaven, I'm Not There and the new HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, this controversial masterpiece is the most fervently debated film of the 1990's and a trailblazing landmark of Queer Cinema. Todd Haynes' second feature--after the underground sensation Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story--this groundbreaking American indie is thrilling work of immense visual invention. Inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, Poison deftly interweaves a trio of transgressive tales--Hero, Horror and Homo--that build toward a devastating climax. Hero, shot in mock TV-documentary style, tells a bizarre story of suburban patricide and a miraculous flight from justice; Horror, filmed like a delirious '50s B-movie melodrama, is a gothic tale of a mad sex experiment which unleashes a disfiguring plague; while Homo explores the obsessive sexual relationship between two prison inmates. A runaway hit which made national headlines when it was attacked by conservative figures including Dick Armey, Ralph Reed and Minister Donald Wildmon, Poison is audacious, unforgettable and thoroughly entertaining.

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