Trash Humpers is at least as disruptive and exceptional as Harmony Korine's earlier films Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999). The title should be taken literally: the protagonist, unrecognisable thanks to sinister masks, gets his kicks by humping trash cans. With much satanic pleasure and liberated of any sense of morality, the pariahs 'torture' dolls and destroy what they come across or set fire to it. Korine, who plays one of the leading roles, wants to show the creative beauty of destruction.
He filmed his ode to vandalism on video, doing part of the camera work himself, and edited it on two video recorders. At the top of the screen, the commands (forward, rewind) are occasionally plainly visible. In a time when everyone wants to shoot at the highest possible technical quality, he chooses the graininess and imperfection of video, which makes the images even more alarming. The largely improvised scenes seem to follow each other in a random order. The viewer does not even have a narrative structure to cling onto.


Filmmaker
Harmony Korine
Country
USA, United Kingdom
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
78’
Language
English
Producer
Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Amina Dasmal, Robin C. Fox
Production Company
O'Salvation Cine Ltd., Alcove Entertainment
Sales
Visit Films
Writer
Harmony Korine
Cinematography
Harmony Korine
Editor
Leo Scott
Sound Design
Alex Altman
Cast
Harmony Korine