Movie Review – Street Trash (1987)

Street Trash
Directed by James Muro
Courtesy of Synapse Films
Original Release Date: 1987
Release Date: July 9, 2013


STREET TRASH is one of those films that I saw on VHS in video stores when I was a kid but simply never bother to pick up. I sure wish I had, though…this flick has some amazing gore and must be seen to be appreciated! But be warned–this film won’t appeal to everyone. Gore-hounds and exploitation nuts will love it, but many of you probably won’t have a taste for it. I personally enjoyed it quite a bit and wish director James Muro was still directing shockers like this one.

If you are not familiar with STREET TRASH, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Synapse Films:

In the sleazy, foreboding world of winos, derelicts and drifters in lower Manhattan, two young runaways – eighteen-year-old Fred (Mike Lackey) and his younger brother, Kevin (Mark Sferrazza) – live in a tire hut in the back of an auto wrecking yard.  Life is hard, but the most lethal threat to the boys is the mysterious case of “Tenafly Viper” wine in Ed’s liquor store window.  The stuff is forty years old… and it’s gone bad.  REAL bad!  Anyone who drinks it melts in seconds, and it’s only a dollar a bottle!

The subversive cult classic/horror comedy STREET TRASH rode the last wave of super-gore films in the late ‘80s before cinema entered the era of safe R-Rated horror and unoriginal remakes.  Beautifully re-mastered in high-definition, STREET TRASH will melt your eyes and ears with stunning picture and sound.

This is one of those films that you watch with a group of people so you can enjoy the carnage together. And when I say carnage, I mean it…people melt right before your eyes, a fat guy explodes, and even a severed penis is used for an impromptu football game. I kid you not! This is one crazy movie, and it’s awesome!

STREET TRASH is shot well and the acting is pretty good, too. But what makes the film is the absurdity of its concept. Alcohol that is so bad it causes people to melt from within? How can you not want to see this film?

And the gore…wow! I haven’t seen this much ooze and body drippings since Peter Jackson’s DEAD ALIVE. Now THAT is saying something! Obviously, if you are the least bit squeamish, don’t give this one a look. But if you thrive on gore or can handle it in the slightest, definitely check it out. The bodies splatter and the blood sprays…it’s a veritable orgy of mayhem!

This amazing Blu-ray edition of STREET TRASH features:

* High-Definition Transfer from the Original Camera Negative
* 5.1 Surround Remix Created Specifically for Home Theatre Environments
* Two Audio Commentaries Featuring Producer Roy Frumkes and Director James Muro
* THE MELTDOWN MEMOIRS – Feature Length Documentary on the History and Making of STREET TRASH
* The Original STREET TRASH 16mm Short Film That Inspired the Movie
* The Original STREET TRASH Promotional Teaser
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* ALL-NEW BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES: Jane Arakawa Video Interview and Deleted Scenes!
* Create Your Own Bottle of “Tenafly Viper” Wine with the Enclosed Label Sticker!

If you’re fan of gore, you’ve got to see this film! I loved it, right down to its quirky John Carpenter-ish soundtrack. The film is available now, so check it out soon.


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