DVD Review: Lust in the Dust (1985)

Lust in the Dust DVD CoverDistributor: Arrowdrome

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Paul Bartel

Starring: Tab Hunter, Divine, Lainie Kazan, Cesar Romero, Geoffrey Lewis, Henry Silva, Courtney Gains, Gina Gallego

Directed by Paul Bartel (Death Race 2000), Lust in the Dust may at first seem like the best John Waters film that John Waters never made as it stars Waters’ regular lead Divine (Pink Flamingos) as Rosie, who has come to the desert town of Chili Verde in search of some legendary gold. Rosie isn’t the only new face in town though, as lone cowboy Abel Wood (Tab Hunter) also makes his way to the town and the scene is set for Abel, Rosie, local harlot Marguarite Ventura (Lainie Kazan) and a host of other bizarre characters to go in search of the mythical treasure.

As you may have guessed by now, Lust in the Dust isn’t your typical spaghetti western. Spoofing the films that made Clint Eastwood a star in the late 1960s, the film doesn’t have much in the way of a plot, script or what you would call great performances but the sense of fun that the actors create is almost palpable as they try and one-up each other. Henry Silva (Above the Law), Cesar Romero (Batman the Movie) and Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects) all appear and play up their roles for maximum effect, but the star of the show is Divine, who underplays her role to some extent as the film isn’t as graphic or disgusting as it would have been if John Waters had directed it but still manages to crush a few poor souls who pluck up the courage to go down to where they really shouldn’t go.

As part of Arrow Video’s budget Arrowdrome label the disc only comes with a collector’s booklet and trailer as extras but, to be honest, the 80 minutes that you get to spend with Divine and the other kooky characters is quite enough. There are a few giggles to be had and if you’re a fan of Divine or those quirky John Waters films then you’ll certainly get a few kicks out of this but the fact that it is quite restrained and doesn’t really go anywhere near the line of good/bad taste means that the sexual innuendos and lack of anything else put it at Carry On… levels of camp humour, which doesn’t really feel like enough.

Lust in the Dust

Special Features: Trailer, collector’s booklet

UK Release Date: 9th December 2013

Arrow Films – Website


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