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STREET TRASH (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: J. Michael Muro

Starring:
Mike Lackey
Bill Chepil
Vic Noto
Mark Sferrazza
Jane Arakawa

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A liquor store owner stumbles upon a bizarre drink called Tenafly Viper inside a brick wall in his own store. For a buck a bottle, he sells it to the hobos and vagabonds in the neighborhood. Little does he know- it tends to make human flesh melt (in bright, gloopy colors!).
Is it good movie?
Well, this little gem carries a lot of notoriety, and I suppose that's pretty well deserved because this flick is just nasty (and has a few kegs of stupid thrown into the mix too). If you're looking for a ton of over-the-top gore and just awful filth in general, you'll probably enjoy this. It's an ugly looking film though, you can be sure of that. One of the best ways to describe it? It's one of those "whoa" movies you used to read about in fright magazines like Fangoria or Gorezone back in the day.

Essentially, Street Trash lives up to its name. The whole movie is generally filthy and packed with tons of potty humor and assorted nasty gags. Do you love strange decapitations? How about seeing a dude get his wiener bitten off? How about an evil, brutal police officer beating someone half to death, dragging them to a bathroom stall and vomiting thick puke all over somebody? Yeah, we're not going to talk a lot about the performances in this one (though Bill Chepil really was a police officer back in the day). The story's all over the place with a few different storylines trying to weave themselves in- crazy cop who's chasing a crazy Nam veteran, a mob plot, and even a teen love story.

Well, you're in for a lot of excessive nastiness with Street Trash (it's not just a clever title after all!). In a lot of ways, the visual style does anything but glamorize the putrid garbage it wallows in. The whole package feels dirty, vile and disgusting and certainly sits in the annals of awful 80s horror. The effects came from Jennifer Aspinall, a talented gal who clearly did her absolute best with the complete lack of budget. She had her work cut out for her too, because this movie kills a fair amount of people in some brutal ways. Heck, if you're looking, you'll even notice a few folks baring their naughty bits.

I don't know how to accurately sum up Street Trash. The movie itself is a bit of a mess (script-wise, and gore-wise!). Certain scenes don't seem to add up at all, and often you never get to hear a character's name, let alone any semblance of character development.I didn't find it overly funny, and the gore's dated of course, but this one is a cult classic that certainly sums up the 80s nastiness.
Video / Audio
Video: This one comes to us 1.78:1 widescreen with a 1080p transfer and looks just awesome, shockingly enough. This one has been cleaned up and the bright colors just pop. Really, this is some great quality video.

Audio: Street Trash sports a DTS-HD Master Audio track, and can be listened to in the original mono recording or in 5.1. The audio isn't quite as impressive as the video, and the surround mix seems to feature dialogue and effects. Pretty much just serviceable on the aural front.
The Extras
The Meltdown Memoirs is the biggest extra here, as it runs over two hours long and is actually really, really cool. Coming from Roy Frumkes (the writer of this flick and guy behind Document of the Dead), it runs the gamut of how this one was created. There's a ton of old behind the scenes footage, all kinds of cast interviews, stuff about the effects, audition tapes, deleted scenes, financial details, and a ton of fun stories. The personalities featured are so different and fun and interesting. This is an excellent piece, and almost makes it worth buying the disc just to have it- it's that good, I enjoyed it more than the movie itself!

There's also an interview with Jane Arakawa, who apparantly couldn't be tracked down for the documentary. She spends about 10 minutes talking about her wild life at the time, and her experiences with making the flick.

How about a couple of commentary tracks? You get one from Roy Frumkes, who actually manages to really infuse it with trivia that isn't simply repetition from the documentary. A great listen! You also get a track from director James Munro, which tends to be a bit more on the factual/technical side, and tends to repeat stuff you've already heard if you've listened to everything else.

Do you dig Deleted scenes and outtakes? A bunch of these were featured in the documentary, but not all of them. More Street Trash nastiness!

Street Trash- the original 16mm short is pretty self explanatory, this is where the idea for this flick came to be, except even lower budget and far shorter (at about 15 minutes).

There's also a Rare Promo Teaser and a Trailer included.
Last Call
This blu-ray is actually quite a tour-de-force, with an excellent video transfer and extras that tend to be better than the feature film itself. If you're looking for a ridiculous, splattery, bizarre and brutal horror flick from the 80s, you'll be all set. It's certainly been given the royal treatment!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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