Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 18
  • Drama, Horror
  • 1991
  • 85 mins




Three tales of murder and lust explored by the director of Velvet Goldmine.


Haynes, whose short film Superstar played out the life of Karen Carpenter with Barbie dolls, shows similar inventiveness in Poison, which weaves together three stories based on writings by Genet. 'Hero' is a documentary-style investigation into why a seven-year-old boy killed his father. 'Horror' takes the form of a Cold War B-movie as a scientist's experiments into the human sex-drive transform him into a hideously disfigured psycho, while 'Homo' examines the lascivious desires of a convict for his fellow prison inmate.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Millie White, Edith Meeks, Buck Smith, Anne Giotta
  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Writer: Todd Haynes
  • Producer: Christine Vachon
  • Photographer: Maryse Alberti

In a nutshell

A stylish study of human deviance at its dirtiest.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    Thunder Island

    Thriller. A hit man (Gene Nelson) is hired to kill a former Caribbean dictator. He abducts a couple and their boat to reach the despot's island, but then his plans go badly wrong.

    On Film4: 6 Oct 11:00AM

  • Film4

    The Enchanted Forest

    An old man raises a young boy who became lost in the woods, teaching him about life and nature

    On Film4: 5 Oct 11:00AM

  • Channel 4 Blog

    TIFF: five favourites

    Elena Lazic reports from the Toronto International Film festival on her five favourites of the fest. The Lobster Yorgos Lanthimos' success in realising the usually disastrous combination of farci

  • Channel 4 Blog

    TIFF: five favourites

    Manuela Lazic reports from the Toronto International Film Festival on five favourites from the fest. The Witch What if the sorceresses and deadly spells in which people believed so fervently in th

Register with

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register