An independent film, directed by Harmony Korine, tells the story of four people, wearing elderly people latex masks. These people screw around the neighborhood and do exactly what you think.
Plot? Characterization? None
whatsoever. Don't expect anything great from it.
Scored rotten at 56 percent at Rotten Tomatoes
but overall very, very disgusting for all viewers who came out of the theatre traumatized by needless vandalism/destruction, casual murder, abuse (baby dolls, but
...), and kidnapping
This show provides examples of:
- Audience-Alienating Premise: Invoked - according to Korrine himself, the title dropped the pretenses of other avant-garde films in order to make it clear for those prone to walking out of film showings early.
- Alien Lunch: Pancakes dribbled with dishwashing soap...
- Cloud Cuckoolander: All the humpers and the people they meet, yes including the little boy at the beginning.
- Creator Cameo: Harmony Korrine is the man in the confederate shirt holding the camera.
- Crowd Chant: "Make it! Make it! Don't fake it!"
- Dreadful Musician: The companions who played instruments can't play. Seriously.
- Doing It for the Art: As an "ode" to vandalism, Korrine tried to pass it off as a masterpiece he wanted it to be. If you can believe it to be that...
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Just as Snakes on a Plane was about serpents on an aircraft, Trash Humpers is about, well...
- Fanservice: The topless women...
- Fan Disservice: The incredibly disgusting scene where the humpers smack the asses of the prostitutes.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: While the woman humper isn't exactly a bad singer, she's not a good one either.
- Killed Off for Real: There is a dead body in a ditch and this also happens to the admirer of the humpers who was reading them a poem earlier.
- Man Child: All the humpers
- Precision F-Strike: Many
- Slice of Life: Laughably (after the shock value wears off), the viewers are taken to see the life of the humpers, ending with with a kidnapping of a baby that will no less become a humper.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: well... boy, but it still counts.
- Shirtless Scene: Some shots were from the men the humpers meet (the one playing a trumpet, the guy that sings the rather disturbing song about...private areas...)
- Stylistic Suck: The film is very obviously shot on a VHS format, as evident by the interference and brief moment of AUTO TRACKING.
- The Hyena: All of the characters who laughed in the so-called film
- The Smurfette Principle: There's only one female humper out of the four. Notably, she's played by Harmony Korrine's wife.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: The admirer of the humpers, wearing a Meido outfit.
- Word of God: Korrine actually considers the movie to be an "ode" to vandalism and finds "beauty" in it. Also, he wanted to have sex with garbage when he was a kid. That is no joke. He said it in a panel!
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Reoccurring
- Would Hurt a Child: Baby dolls, yet the dolls are horribly abused in the worst ways possible: asphyxiation (shoved and forcibly shake them), letting the dolls be rolled behind a bicycle, hammered to death, and a real baby is kidnapped!.