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Trash Humpers [DVD] [2009]

Rachel Korine , Brian Kotzur , Harmony Korine    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rachel Korine, Brian Kotzur, Travis Nicholson, Harmony Korine, Chris Gantry
  • Directors: Harmony Korine
  • Producers: Harmony Korine, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Amina Dasmal
  • Format: Colour, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warp Films/Alcove Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ7X4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,513 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Married with a kid, and now residing in his native Nashville, cinematic provocateur Harmony Korine show no signs of settling down. Hailed as the future of American cinema by Werner Herzog, writer/ director Korine has blazed a trail with his consistently idiosyncratic output, including KIDS, GUMMO, JULIEN DONKEY-BOY and MISTER LONELY. TRASH HUMPERS sees him return to the big screen with an excoriating attack on the American Dream. A lo-fi production of white-heat intensity, Korine calls it, a new type of horror; palpable and raw.

TRASH HUMPERS follows a small gang of sinister elderly peeping toms through the shadows of a nightmarishly familiar suburban landscape. Their shocking and sociopathic behaviour makes for unbearably compelling viewing that scorches itself onto the minds eye.

Come hang out at the crossroads of comedy and despair with TRASH HUMPERS...

Review: Part avant-garde nightmare, part anti-nature documentary, and part satire of our YouTube-era voyeurism toward the unnerving looniness of others. - LA Times


It's both horrifying and gleefully funny. Trash Humpers is like no film you have seen before. --The Times

The cinematic equivalent of listening to death metal --The Guardian

5 stars decimates the boundaries of cinema...unforgettable. --Bizarre

The cinematic equivalent of listening to death metal --The Guardian

5 stars decimates the boundaries of cinema...unforgettable. --Bizarre

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a new type of horror. 10 Sep 2010
By Bizzard
Shot and edited on knackered VHS equipment, Trash Humpers follows people in Nashville, USA. But if you think these deviants on the rampage are a bunch of dysfunctional hoodies, think again: they're sociopathic geriatrics.''

You'll shudder when you see young actors wearing wizened grandpa and grandma masks, engaging in activities such as dry-riding trees, reaming dolls, or smashing up TVs - especially when they're cackling maniacally and screaming, "Make it! Make it! Don't fake it!"''This really is a new type of horror.

But director Harmony Korine (who wrote the screenplay for the 1995 film Kids, and made Gummo two years later) adopts the perspective of the deranged old dears, and you'll discover a wealth of emotions if you allow yourself to get lost in their nightmarish vision: the pensioners lead a harsh, nihilistic lifestyle, yet they're passionate about being part of a close-knit family unit. And while their behaviour is revolting, they're funny - larking about like The Three Stooges.''

As with Lars Von Trier's 1998 Dogme film, The Idiots, in which a group of Danish people goof around pretending to be mentally disabled, you'll either love it or loathe it. But Trash Humpers is an unforgettable film that transports you to a weird 1980s parallel universe where shocks lie around every corner.
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1.0 out of 5 stars THE JOKE'S ON US 11 Jun 2010
By OChrist
Comparing this worthless, punishing swill to even the worst of John Waters or David Lynch gives it way too much credit. So Harmony Korine (a great name for a gangster's moll) was able to replicate the look of a crappy 8th generation VHS videotape? That's some feat. So he got a bunch of irritating exhibitionists to unconvincingly disguise themselves as old people and then set them loose to hump trashcans and break old TV sets? Bravo. The only true accomplishment here is getting intelligent people to A) masochistically sit through this non-movie and then B) actually try to critique and interpret it like it's something more than the pathetic indulgence of someone who has so much contempt for his audience that he makes Marguerite Duras look like Nora Ephron.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future is Trash 11 Oct 2010
This great DVD contains the film Trash Humpers as well as 16 mins of bonus footage to said film + the short films "Mac and Plac" (27 mins) and "Blood of Havana" (2 mins). There's also a 24-page zine of art related to Trash Humpers.


I could say I found Trash Humpers a revelation or a masterpiece. But that wouldn't be enough. In the end the only word or term I can find to describe it is EXTRAORDINARY. It really is a cinematic event or an instant classic (, if you will). It works as a banal and pretentious war-cry for freedom while at the same time retaining layers of a truly great subversive piece of art. The deleted scenes are the best but that's a given, given the mere stature of Trash Humpers. It truly exceeded my wildest expectations...

...This could actually be the future. Not only of the cinema as a whole culture, but of life and art in general. There's that much Greatness and Power in this particular work.


This could be viewed as "proof" of sorts that there's a plethora of dimensions to great art. One could draw a line at/from the side of the main work of art (in this case Trash Humpers) and find an additional world of great interest. There is no straight line to this story, it's more interesting than that. Every piece is as great as the whole. Metonymy! A great story creates the possibilty of stories, (and) possible worlds. A good idea isn't linear, a good idea breeds and multiplies just like life itself. Etcetera...


This is a work of art in its own right. No dialouge here, just a monolouge and images that presents revolutionary possibilities. This is not a dogmatic socialist revolution, but rather an artistic revolution.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but it tries too hard to be different. 26 Jan 2011
By Dymon Enlow - Published on
Four yutes, wearing what look like Grandpa masks from the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, film themselves going around dry humping trash cans and mailboxes and trees and concrete walls and refrigerators and dumpsters and anything else they can clamp onto. They also dance around and destroy stuff. At 30 minutes this would have been hilarious, but at 78 it gets old. Especially the scenes where everybody is just standing around doing nothing. There is no plot or story, the entire thing is made to look like, I guess found footage, that was filmed on an old VHS camera.

I like the concept and I'm a fan of Harmony, but TRASH HUMPERS comes off as if he's trying too hard to be different. But at least it's better than MORDUM which was pretty much the same film except that it went waaaaaaay over the top and made me want to commit exploding every nuclear bomb on the planet at once.

Plus points for being different, minus points for not being that original at being different.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sums up the 21st Century 15 Sep 2012
By Jordan Hofer - Published on
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"Trash Humpers," in my opinion, is Harmony Korine's best film. He meant it as a comedy, and it does work on that level, but more importantly, "Trash Humpers" is an allegory for the 21st Century and the meaningless search for "freedom" in a world of garbage.
We are all "Trash Humpers," mindlessly humping the remains of the American Dream. Like a dog going at a velour beanbag, we rub ourselves raw on the filthy trash of pointless violence, the day-to-day nightmares of existence, and revel in our decadent world falling into economic and environmental ruin.
"Trash Humpers" is the greatest statement in film, yet made, on the horrors of 21st Century life.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of nightmare... 9 Jun 2011
By Ssenkrad - Published on
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Korine is well known for his over the top shock, I'm a huge fan off all his past efforts.(Gummo, being in my top 10 list)If your looking for story, don't come here, but what nightmares really have stories anyway. Supposedly it's basis is from Korine growing up in New York, and being awakened every night to bums on the street corner drinking, yelling, and inappropriate fortifications with trash cans.(hence the name)In a way the film is quite scary to me. While viewing I realized, that if I was a child and witnessed this live or even on film, well, I'm not even sure how to explain it really? I was speechless through most of the film, and I think that Mr. Korine was very successful in the points he was trying to get across.(if he even intended at any?) It was filmed using the dogma 95, created by Lars von Trier, and similar in it's grainy representation as Julien Donkey Boy. A hand held camera, no over dubs, all live audio. I must say that some of the images in this film were burned into me, like pausing your plasma t.v. for hours, only to press play and still see the burnt outline of the last picture. There is also a love hate thing going on, I'm not sure really? Like I said before I'm a fan of Korine, so maybe this is by default? But!!!...If you are tired of the norm, and like a little hot sauce on your french fries, then I think you might appreciate this film. If you found it laying on the street(with no label) and watched it, I think you would be confused as to what to do with it. Should you show it to your friends? Should you throw it in the garbage? Maybe you should turn it into the police? Personally I like that feeling when watching a film, it's alive and breathing, as apposed to these teenage commercial disappointments they keep trying to shovel feed us...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fierce film. 21 Oct 2013
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"Trash Humpers" is not a traditional movie, you'd probably expect that much based on the title, alone.

It's more along the lines of Richard Linklater's "Slacker," in that it "follows" characters with a sort of drifting, dreamy, almost non-existent narrative. What is "Trash Humpers" about? That depends on who's watching it, I suppose. It's one of those movies that probably means something different to everybody who watches it.

To me, it's a statement on how the youth of today are going to turn out-- the way we see the geriatric hoodlums in this film. But my interpretation of the film isn't as important as the film itself. It was filmed on old VHS tapes and cut on a pair of VCRs, giving it a haunting, dream-like look that comes out particularly well in the nighttime scenes. Harmony Korine stated somewhere that he got the idea for the movie while walking his dog through an empty parking lot one evening and seeing the light shine down in beams through the darkness, illuminating the macadam-- "there's something... sinister about it," he said. And that's the core idea explored in this movie: the sinister things that go on beyond the views of normality, particularly in the night.

It's not everybody. People who enjoy movies starring Megan Fox trying to look pretty while giant robots fight in the background will not enjoy this movie, nor will people who want to argue who shot first: Han or Greedo. But people who enjoy existential philosophy, quantum physics, beat literature and avant-garde art house films will LOVE "Trash Humpers."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Nasty 14 Feb 2014
By CJRR - Published on
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This movie was terrible, discus-ting arrived with sheet sets I ordered and got knocked out of container clamp and got all scratched up,So shipping was lousy with this one. I would have returned it If it was a movie I liked and wanted to keep.Waste of money and time to watch it.Disappointed in Harmony Korine for producing this one, And to expensive. Trash Humpers is for the Trash.
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