SXSW Preview: Trash Humpers

SXSW Film 2010

I’ve always known that there’s something wrong with filmmaker Harmony Korine. If you’ve seen either Mister Lonely or Gummo, you have an idea of what I’m talking about. The talent is certainly there — and so is the weird. Both seem to be coming out in the film he’s brought to SXSW 2010, Trash Humpers. It is the story of elderly peeping Tom’s who prance around suburbia testing the limits of morality. You won’t gather as much from the trailer below, which is why I’ve also included the film’s full synopsis. It’s the only way to have any idea as to what the hell is going on. And perhaps that’s the way Mr. Korine wants it.

Trash Humpers premieres on Friday, March 12 at 7:45p at the Alamo Ritz.


A film unearthed from the buried landscape of the American nightmare, TRASH HUMPERS follows a small group of elderly ‘Peeping Toms’ through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. Crudely documented by the participants themselves, we follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of which have never been seen before. Inhabiting a world of broken dreams and beyond the limits of morality, they crash against a torn and frayed America. Bordering on an ode to vandalism, it is a new type of horror – palpable and raw.


Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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