Best Gross-Outs for People Who Love Gross-Outs

It's okay to hate the Farrelly Brothers. A lot of us film critics

do. But many hate them for the wrong reason. Too many people give the

Farrellys credit for popularizing juvenile gross-out humor, when in

fact they simply re-popularized it. The fact is it's been around

forever and just because you might not like their brand of gross-out

(or that of their even cruder and less funny cousins the Wayans

Brothers) doesn't mean there is any shame in liking a good gross-out

joke, or for that matter a whole gross-out movie. In fact, there are

many that are classics, made by true, honest to god geniuses.

I present to you the gross-out movies for people who LOVE gross-out



the Feebles:

Once upon a time, before he was the Academy Award-winning director of

the sweeping three-part epic Lord

of the Rings, Peter Jackson was just some Kiwi known for his

sick sense of humor and amazing effects on zero budgets. In this

gross-out masterpiece, Jackson make a rated R/NC-17 send-up of our

beloved Muppets, known here as the Feebles.

Much like the Muppet Show, the Feebles run a popular television

show. But unlike the wholesome backstage antics we're all accustomed

to, these are decidedly more… disgusting. With gags that include puppet

sex, drug use, war flashbacks and even a little fecal humor (stemming

from a tabloid "journalist" played by a fly), this movie crosses the

line and goes well past it. But that never stops it from being

uproariously funny.



John Waters' over-the-top 1972 film redefined the very meaning of poor

taste. It's about a competition to be the "filthiest people alive," and

boy, howdy do, they really pull out all the stops. From a singing body

part (you might not want to know), to a pre-op transsexual, all the way

down to the incredibly well-known final dog-poo sandwich gag (which

Waters to this day attests is real), this film is the gold standard by

which all such films are measured.


This Hungarian film has been burning up the festival scene as of late,

taking gross-out humor to an entirely different level. In what is

considered an epic work of deranged genius by many, Hungarian director

Gyorgy Palfi escalates the gross-out to an actual honest to god art

form. Utilizing beautiful cinematography, Palfi creates a world that is

both stunning and grotesque with gags ranging from bestiality to

flaming genitalia to power vomiting to grandiose self-mutilation.

Not for the faint of heart or stomach, Taxidermia is one

of those films bound to be passed around by film lovers for years as a

forbidden pleasure. As disturbing and seemingly random as it appears at

first, the film slowly weaves in the themes of art and manages to

create a serene sense of beauty out of it all.



I couldn't let this chance slip by, especially since it releases this

very week. Black Sheep isn't just one of my favorite

gross-out films of the year, it is one of my favorites of the whole

year. Another New Zealand assault on good taste, this is the story of a

ranch full of genetically engineered zombie sheep that attack and

devour anyone they can. Those that survive become sheep bent on a

similar purpose. Full of blood, guts and a very disturbing (but

hilarious) gross-out sequence, this is one for fans of those good

old-fashioned gross-outs.

C. Robert Cargill - - - Email



Austin-based Cargill, who not

only loves but owns The Cutting Edge, writes on movies

and DVD five times a week.