Despite his best efforts, John Waters is a cultural institution. Five decades into his reign as the Pope Of Trash, Waters’ films have screened in museums around the world, received reverential restorations from companies like the Criterion Collection, and even been adapted into Broadway musicals—and one of those, in turn, into touring productions and live musicals and a John Travolta-starring remake. Meanwhile, Waters himself has become something of a cottage industry, touring, giving lectures, and publishing books advising generations of followers on how to stay filthy in a world where—well, in a world where even John Waters has become mainstream. The newest one of his works to get the deluxe reissue treatment is Serial Mom, which is heading to Blu-ray for the first time in North America thanks to the reissue specialists at Shout! Factory. We spoke to Waters over the phone about the film and Waters’ obsessions with true crime and classic exploitation cinema, with a few detours into gentrification, daytime talk-show advertising, and the modern sin of wearing leggings on planes. Advertisement The A.V. Club: With Serial Mom coming out on Blu-ray for Mother’s Day, I wanted to ask: What was your own mom like? Was she anything… Read full this story
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