Street Trash (1987) – By Duane L. Martin

The owner of a liquor store in a sort of a crappy neighborhood that is frequented by quite a few of the homeless in the area, finds a case of very old liquor called Viper in a secret stash in his basement, and decides to sell it for a buck a bottle, which basically targets it toward his homeless customers. Unfortunately, this liquor isn’t exactly palatable. In fact, it makes whoever drinks it start spewing goo as they…well, they melt.

There’s a whole community of homeless that live in the neighborhood, most of whom tend to live at a local junkyard. Freddie and his brother Kevin live in a home in the junkyard made out of tires, and Kevin has a special relationship with a girl who works at the junkyard named Wendy who tries to help the homeless when she can.

Vic Noto plays Bronson, an ex-Viet Nam vet who was an assassin who went insane. Now he rules many of the homless guys in the junkyard like a king, and the last thing you want to do is to get on his bad side, but that’s just what Freddie did when he took some money that was supposed to go to Bronson.

You know what…screw it. I can’t explain this movie. There’s a lot of different stuff going on and it’s pointless to get into it all. The main point of the story is that this old booze is melting bums, and there’s a tough cop who’s trying to get to the bottom of it, while Freddie and his brother just try to stay out of the way and survive.

So how was it? Holy crap, this movie is fun as hell! I mean seriously fun. It’s stupid, it’s purposely cheesy and it’s just an absolute blast. I didn’t know what to expect when I first popped it in. I had read that it was a horror comedy, and it is, but nothing I could say could possibly prepare you for what you’ll see in this film. You get lots of drunken hobos, some of them melting, goofy dialog, violence, necrophilia, a local gangster and his young doorman with a constantly running mouth and a whole lot of comedy. What more could you possibly want?

The practical effects used for the people who get melted are…juicy. Very juicy. One guy even melts into an old toilet and they made a melted, deformed head puppet for that scene that would make Belial from the Basket Case movies proud. The production quality is actually quite good considering the obviously low budget.

There’s a lot of great comedy in this film, but I have to say that I have two particular favorites that really made me laugh. The first was when Freddie and Kevin’s friend Burt went to the grocery store to get them something for dinner, and was stuffing crazy amounts of food down his pants including packages of chicken, and the other was the doorman of the local mobster, played by James Lorinz, who also played the scientist in Frankenhooker. His mouth was constantly going, and oh man, what a douchie little turd he is. God it was funny listening to him.

This is another absolute score for Synapse Films. Their releases always look and sound amazing, and they put out a very high quality product. This particular release was mastered in HD from from the original camera negative. It also has a 5.1 surround sound remix created specifically for home theater environments. For special features, it includes two audio commentaries from writer/producer Ray Fumkies and director James Muro, a feature length documentary on the history and making of Street Trash, the original Street Trash 16mm short film that inspired the feature length movie, the original Street Trash promotional teaser and the original theatrical trailer. The blu-ray also includes two exclusive special features. It has an interview with Jane Arakawa (Wendy) and also deleted scenes from the film.

There is no way I could possibly recommend this enough. It’s just flat out fun, and a must have for your collection. Do yourself a huge favor and pick yourself up a copy today.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out it’s page on the Synapse Films website here. If you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get the blu-ray or DVD from Amazon, or from any of the other usual outlets.