Poison
DVD cover
Directed byTodd Haynes
Produced by
Screenplay byTodd Haynes
Based onVarious novels
by Jean Genet
Starring
  • Edith Meeks
  • Larry Maxwell
  • Susan Gayle Norman
  • Scott Renderer
  • James Lyons
Narrated byRichard Hansen
Music byJames Bennett
CinematographyMaryse Alberti
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed byZeitgeist Films
Release date
  • January 11, 1991 (1991-01-11) (Sundance)
  • April 5, 1991 (1991-04-05) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$250,000[2]
Box office$787,280[3]

Poison is a 1991 American science fiction drama horror film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, Susan Gayle Norman, Scott Renderer, and James Lyons.

It is composed of three intercut stories that are partially inspired by the novels of Jean Genet.[A] With its gay themes, Poison is considered an early entry in the New Queer Cinema movement. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 1991. It was released in a limited release by Zeitgeist Films on April 5, 1991.

Plot

The three intercut stories that comprise Poison are:

Cast

Release

Poison had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 1991.[4] Zeitgeist Films later acquired distribution rights to the film.[5] It was released in a limited release on April 5, 1991[6]

Reception

The film received generally positive reviews. It currently holds a 77% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.84/10. The site's consensus reads, "Claustrophobic and quirky horror, this is a decently dirty debut for director Todd Haynes".[7]

Awards and nominations

Footnotes

  1. ^ The final credits specifically cite Our Lady of the Flowers, The Miracle of the Rose, and The Thief's Journal.

Notes

  1. ^ Credited as Damien Garcia.

References

  1. ^ "POISON (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 1991-08-15. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (November 8, 1998). "FILM; Focusing on Glam Rock's Blurring of Identity". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Poison at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ Lim, Dennis (November 5, 2010). "When 'Poison' Was a Cinematic Antidote". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Herandez, Eugene (June 26, 2008). "Zeitgeist Films at 20 Years: Building a Boutique Brand". Indiewire.com. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Canby, Vincent (April 5, 1991). "Review/Film; 'Poison,' Three Stories Inspired by Jean Genet". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Poison at Rotten Tomatoes
Awards
Preceded by
Chameleon Street
Sundance Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic
1991
Succeeded by
In the Soup