Underground Film Journal

John Waters

John Waters is one of the leading filmmakers of the American underground scene. From his home city of Baltimore, Maryland, Waters began his career as a teenager making scatological B&W short films. Eventually, his color, feature-length gross-out production Pink Flamingos became a monster hit on the midnight movie circuit in the early '70s, securing Waters' place as an underground icon.

After making several more "filthy" feature films, but wanting to achieve more mainstream success, Waters finally did so with the PG-rated musical comedy Hairspray. Since then, he made the major studio film Cry-Baby before going back to the indie film world with Serial Mom, Cecil B. Demented and others.

Waters has also narrated and appeared as an interviewee in numerous documentaries, hosted a show on Court TV, written several books, performs a live stage show and has branded himself as a respected cultural commentator.

Watch Streaming Films By John Waters:


A Dirty Shame (2004)
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
Pecker (1998)
Serial Mom (1994)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Hairspray (1988)
Polyester (1981)
Desperate Living (1977)
Female Trouble (1974)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Multiple Maniacs (1970)
The Diane Linkletter Story (1970)
Mondo Trasho (1969)
Eat Your Makeup (1968)
Roman Candles (1966)
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964)


Flashback: 2nd Annual New York Underground Film Festival

Ed Halter has graciously donated to the Underground Film Archive the program books for almost every edition of the New York Underground Film Festival. While this donation does not include the still-elusive program for the first edition of the fest in 1994, it does begin with the 2nd edition held in 1995 at the Anthology […]

Streaming: Desperate Living

After killing her husband, a harried housewife goes on the lam and ends up in a village that is is ruled over by an evil queen and is populated solely by degenerates and criminals.

Streaming: Female Trouble

Delinquent teenager Dawn Davenport (Divine) runs away from home and gets sucked into a world of outrageous criminal activity by a twisted couple hellbent on proving that “Crime Is Beauty.”