Poison-20th Anniversary

Directed By: Todd Haynes Starring: Edith Meeks

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Studio Zeitgeist Films
SKU 220688915
UPC 795975113533
UPC 14 00795975113533
Format DVD
Release Date 6/21/2011
Rating NR
Short Stories
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In director Todd Haynes's feature film debut, POISON, three stories, each told in their own unique cinematic style, illustrate the lives of a people living outside the fringes of "normal" society. There is HERO, the pseudo-documentary about a seven-year-old boy who kills his own father; HORROR, a sci-fi spoof about a brilliant research scientist who becomes the victim of his own biochemical discovery when he finds the source of the human sex drive; and HOMO, a noirish drama exploring the obsessive, and sexual, relationship between two male prisoners. As each compelling story is told, their themes become inextricably linked, and the tension intensifies, culminating in an explosive climax of unsettled emotions. POISON is perhaps Todd Haynes most experimental, and most controversial, film.
Plot Summary
Summary Part horror film, part drama, part exposé, POISON is a starkly original, provocative film that weaves together three stories. In one, a doctor turns into a strange creature after discovering the source of the human sex drive; in another, two prisoners become entangled in an obsessive relationship. There is also the story of a seven-year-old who commits murder, leaving his family and the town to wonder if that wasn't such a bad thing after all. Dark, funny, and fascinating, POISON is an anthology of stories each told in a different cinematic style, but connected like an insane, imaginative jigsaw puzzle.
New York Times "...A work of original aspirations....Nicely acted..." 04/05/1991 p.C8
USA Today "...There's raw talent obviously in evidence..." 04/12/1991 p.2D
A.V. Club "[T]he film was a genuine underground hit, a victory for the outsiders it championed." -- Grade: B 12/07/2011
Todd Haynes
Edith Meeks
Cast & Crew
Susan Norman - Star
James Lyons - Star
Scott Renderer - Star
Edith Meeks - Star
Larry Maxwell - Star
Todd Haynes - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
UPC 00795975113533
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Black & White, English, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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