Returning Harmony Korine to the downbeat Nashville locations of his 1997 debut feature Gummo, in some ways his new effort, Trash Humpers, has its roots in films like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Like those, Korine wants you to think what you’re watching is some kind of real-life-document, discovered almost by accident in the wake of horrific events. But shot on fuzzy VHS tape and crudely edited, what you get is something far more disturbing than half-hearted horrors about things that go bump in the night.
Inspired by everyone from Tobe Hooper to David Lynch, Trash Humpers does exactly what it says on the tin. A series of vignettes focusing on a trio of wizened rednecks, they pass by the time by dry-humping dustbins, as well as performing fellatio on tree branches and generally pleasuring themselves in any way possible. With the actors (including Korine and his real-life wife Rachel) all masked up, the result is an unnerving experience at times. It’s also tedious, repetitive and downright abrasive, wilfully defying you to enjoy it. If only the midnight movie circuit was still thriving: Trash Humpers was made for it.