Distasteful but often funny satire on the independent art scene. 'Lady Devine's Cavalcade Of Perversion' is an obscene freak-show, carnival attraction that is really a front for robbery and murder. When Lady Devine finds out her husband is cheating on her with a waitress at a cheap dinner, she goes on a jealous rampage of revenge. Afterwords she is raped by a 15-foot lobster. Waters shows a great deal of twisted imagination and the kind of warped wit that's perfect for a surreal black-comedy.
Divine is Dawn Davinport; a shallow, obnoxious and ill-tempered high-school student in the early sixties who throws a fit on Christmas for not having received her desired gift (a pair of cha-cha heels). The tantrum ends with Christmas tree being toppled on her mother and Dawn running away from home. The rest of the film follows her hilarious and often repulsive excipades as she gets knock-up by an overweight degenerate (also played by Divine), gets a job as a glamour model for a couple of crime-loving beauticians and encounters more of the types of characters that only writer/directer John Waters could ever come up with. A hysterically campy satire on the shallow wold of beauty and fashion as well as the excessive glamorization of crime is as relevant today as it is now. John Waters also wrote the theme-song (which is sung by Divine). Also available in a edited R-rated version.