John Hayes was one of the most unique cinematic voices to emerge from the ‘60s/’70s underground film scene. A failed playwright, Hayes’ films were bleak, sexually charged morality tales that combined Tennessee Williams’ troubled souls with R. Lee Frost’s exploitation stylings.
In SWEET TRASH, an alcoholic longshoreman who’s deep in debt to the mob is forced into an increasingly debauched nightmare as he tries to avoid the thugs out for him. Along the way he meets local oddballs, violent criminals and lusty women. With a mysterious computer controlling everyone’s actions, this grimy artistic film with a sci-fi-esque fear of future mind control was made well before it’s time.