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Harmony Korine on “Trash Humpers”

Harmony Korine on “Trash Humpers” (photo)

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From the disconcertingly funny, weirdo Americana of “Gummo” to the vaudevillian drama of a celebrity-impersonator commune in “Mister Lonely,” the beautifully grotesque films of indie auteur Harmony Korine always become, without fail, cult treasures that get audiences talking. Whether you think his is the work of an insincere hipster or an eccentric provocateur, you can’t deny his originality, especially in his scuzzy, unsettling new curiosity “Trash Humpers.” If we’re laughing, can we call it a comedy?

Possibly, although his latest won the top prize at last year’s prestigious CPH:DOX (yes, an international documentary festival), and even the filmmaker himself doesn’t exactly consider the project a movie. A seemingly elderly, or deeply facially scarred, quartet of cretins (played, in part, by Korine and his wife Rachel) terrorize a suburban wasteland of parking lots, alleyways and apartment complexes, boozing and demolishing and, occasionally, dry-humping garbage. Shot with antiquated VHS equipment, “Trash Humpers” is a highly entertaining art prank from either the gutter or outer space. I phoned Korine to discuss the film, but only got his voicemail. Minutes later, he called back in the middle of a covert mission, apparently while the coast was clear.

You sound distracted. Is this an okay time to chat?

Yeah, sorry. I may have to talk a little low. I’ve been doing this, like, stakeout for the past ten days. I think I’m very close to catching this guy.

Who are you staking out?

A couple weeks ago, there was a guy released from jail in my neighborhood. He definitely seems like the kind of guy you wouldn’t want living on your street. He would ride his bicycle up and down, and throw lemons and stuff in people’s yards for no reason. And then, we had a small statue that I got from an auction. Do you know who Baden-Powell is?

05042010_TrashHumpers2.jpgSure, the founder of the Boy Scouts.

Yeah. There was a statue he made, and I had been trying to get it for a long time. We had it in a flower garden in the front of the house. This guy was staring at it… Sorry I’m whispering, I’m trying not to let anyone hear me… So, I thought this guy just wanted to do some garden work. Then we saw him steal the statue. I didn’t know his name, so I asked around. Anyway, I think we’ve found his house. We’ve just been sitting outside, waiting to see what happens. I have two taser guns with me.

How long have you been waiting for him to come out?

We first found his house a little over a week ago, and we spent last night out here. I’ve seen him a few times, and I think it’s in his shed. My friend Lamont tried to get in through the ceiling, but it didn’t work because we didn’t have the right tools.

Are you positive you’re in the right place?

I have a feeling. A gym coach I had in junior high school lives on this street, and he definitely knows more about what goes on than anyone else. He tipped us off. It would be terrible if this wasn’t the right guy and we wasted all this time.

Good luck. So let’s talk “Trash Humpers.” If you don’t consider it to be a movie, what exactly is it?

It’s maybe a movie in that it’ll eventually be projected on a screen, and released as a movie. But it was never conceived of as narrative filmmaking in the traditional sense. It was meant to be a found object, like a VHS tape or an artifact, something you could imagine being thrown away, buried in a ditch, floating down a river in a Ziploc bag, or nestled away in your granny’s panty jar. Something that’s more unearthed. The kind of thing you could imagine being buried in the colon of a racehorse.

Did you always imagine it being feature length?

05042010_TrashHumpers3.jpgOriginally, it started out as photographs. I would dress up one of my assistants, who would go out late at night. We made these papier-mâché masks that resembled a burnt marshmallow. The facial features were like extreme burn victims. We would have him go fornicate with trash, defecate on people’s doorsteps and smash things, just terrorize the neighborhood. I’d photograph him doing this, and used only the absolute worst cameras, technology, developing and technique. The images looked crude and vile. There was something interesting there, maybe some kind of film. That’s how we decided to make a movie that replicated an old VHS tape.

If these depraved oddballs were real, where do you think they came from?

I don’t really know. That’s a good question. Like [it was] said in that one speech, they’ve been here for a long time. I feel like they’ve always been there, like, the American shapeshifter. They’re shadow people who live under bridges, and out in the woods or underpasses, and down roads that no one goes down. They’re the type of people that dance late at night in abandoned parking lots, whose hobby it is to smash fluorescent bulbs. Maybe they exist in the atmosphere.


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.