STREET TRASH (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
J. Michael Muro
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
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
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
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
Do you dig Deleted scenes and outtakes? A bunch of these were
featured in the documentary, but not all of them. More Street Trash
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.
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!