|Directed by||Todd Haynes|
|Screenplay by||Todd Haynes|
|Based on||Various novels |
by Jean Genet
|Narrated by||Richard Hansen|
|Music by||James Bennett|
|Distributed by||Zeitgeist Films|
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.
The three intercut stories that comprise Poison are:
Poison had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 1991. Zeitgeist Films later acquired distribution rights to the film. It was released in a limited release on April 5, 1991
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".