The Movie: Pink Flamingos (1972)
What Is It?: John Waters gave the still-new Midnight Movie phenomenon a high-colonic by shooting it full of competitive murder, coprophagia, incest, infantilization, hardcore fellatio, castration, forced pregnancies, black-market baby dealing, chicken fucking, shrimping, and poop mailing. Somehow, Waters and Divine make it all amusing, weirdly charming fun even as Pink Flamingos hasn’t lost its ability to shock in 40-plus years. Personally, the only thing I find tough to watch is the singing anus.
Why Today?: On this day In 1781, William Herschel discovers Uranus.