September 26, 1987 (U.S.)
Roy Frumkes and Jim Muro
Mike Lackey as Fred
Bill Chepil as Bill The Cop
Vic Noto as Bronson
Mark Sferrazza as Kevin
Jane Arakawa as Wendy
Street Trash is a Surprisingly Great Film from the 80s that made a U.K. debut in 2010 – The UK “Meltdown Edition” is a double disc version including a documentary of the 4 year process that brought the film from concept to celluloid.
Fred and Kevin are two homeless brothers living in a junk yard and trying to make their way in the world. Fred, the older brother, is a trouble maker and a hustler who is primarily responsible for the sibling’s predicament. Younger brother Kevin is just a kid along for the ride who has luckily caught the eye of young lovely Wendy who works at the junk yard trying to outrun her lecherous boss.
The “leader” of the band of bums and roughnecks who hang out at the junk yard is Bronson, a psychotic Vietnam war veteran who rules the roost with an iron, and violent, fist… when he is not throwing his filthy dirty girlfriend around, that is. Life is bad for young Kevin for sure, but luckily the local liquor store owner has launched a special batch of wine for just a buck a bottle. Perhaps relief is in sight after all, at least until the hangover comes. What nobody knows is that this particular batch of Viper wine is very old and was found in a “hidden” compartment in the basement of the liquor store. Not only is it old, but there must have been some curse cast upon it off screen somewhere, for when one drinks it they are reduced to an oozing mass of Technicolor muck which resembles finger paints from first grade.
Can the dutiful Cop bust up the Bronson ring of terror and stop the multi-hued outbreak of death and dismemberment? You will have to watch it to find out.
The beginnings of Street Trash had me dubious when a random bum drank something from a bottle while sitting on an old discarded toilet and suddenly melted into a green and blue blob and sat inside the bowl yelling like a deranged Oscar the Grouch. Still, in the name of adventure I hung with the film, and I’m glad that I did. This is surprisingly good with excellent cinematic quality, stellar performances and a strong story that plugged along like the little engine that could. The “gore” was shocking and horrific, if multi colored and exceedingly bright. The Viper wine doesn’t just make people leak finger paints or turn into deformed Sesame Street characters, you see… sometimes it makes people actually explode.
The best way to describe Street Trash is like a good Troma film, with excellent acting and spot on cinematography and a good script. Hard to imagine, I know… but that’s pretty much it. A bit of research on director and story writer Jim Muro revealed that he has been very active in the film business and continues to work regularly, but not as a director. This is his only directing role to date spending most of his time behind the camera or a cinematographer. This explains the visual quality of Street Trash.
For a surprisingly clever and quality film that has the plusses of low budget Indie horror without the visual and performance hardships, Street Trash is a winner. This is highly recommended campy horror that is sure to win you over.