Welcome to Schlarb, Ohio…a small town overrun by misfits, freaks and weirdos! Dickie (Toby Radloff) is a lonely dumpster-diver who finds companionship in his latest discovery…a young woman's corpse! Pricey is a mute girl with a lookalike baby-doll. When she loses her doll after an unsavory encounter, she replaces it with the next best thing — her neighbor's young son! Meanwhile, the enigmatic Caduceus sets out to cleanse a nasty high school girl of her wicked ways. Scenes to follow include necrophilia, marijuana-smoking lesbians, the sexual assault of a mentally-challenged girl and a dinner plate of skinned and cooked squirrels — not for the weak!
FILMMAKER WAYNE ALAN HAROLD: "We shot this self-proclaimed 'Magnum Opus of Cine-trash' on Hi-8 video back in the late 1990s. I gave it a film-look on my then-new blue and white G3—that part of the process took a good week with the PowerMac chugging along like a chump! The movie stars my longtime pal Toby Radloff (previously of MTV and KILLER NERD fame, in the next century he would appear as 'himself' in the big screen adaptation of Harvey Pekar's AMERICAN SPLENDOR). I think the budget for TOWNIES was about 300 bucks, which mainly went for Hi-8 tapes and pizzas to feed the cast, most of whom were friends, family and both current and ex-girlfriends. Lori Scarlett ("Pricey") and I almost got hitched back in the early 90s—she was nice enough to come in from Chicago to act in the flick. She was living with a guy at the time and he came back to Ohio with her. He was a good-looking fella, so I immediately cast him as the small town cop! TOWNIES originally came out on VHS back in 1999. In 2002, Tempe Entertainment released it on DVD and it actually made it onto Best Buy shelves nationwide. Believe it or not, I saw it there right next to new DVD copies of THE TERMINATOR!"