Release date: January 11 2010
Director: Jim Muro
Actors: Mike Lackey, Vic Notto, Karen Kraniec, James Lorinz, Tony Darrow, Ellen O'Neil, Dave Weckerman, Nicole Potter, Bill Chepil, Jane Arakawa, Mark Sferrazza & R.L. Ryan
STREET TRASH makes John Waters look like MARY POPPINS." - Wes Craven.
"STREET TRASH is one of the freshest most inventive, swaggeringly cocksure splatter films since RE-ANIMATOR." Chas Balun.
"I laughed so hard I got a nosebleed." Paul Flanagan.
Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) hailed STREET TRASH as, "Funny, gross, mortifying, frightening and loaded with talent, wit and imagination on both sides of the camera." It is an unbelievably gory and hilarious exercise in cinematic bad taste that "ranks among the debut films of George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Sam Raimi and Wes Craven" (Mad Magazine, Paris).
Prepare to witness a molten hobo holocaust as the homeless inhabitants of New York City's skid row and its nearby junkyards fall foul to the irresistible taste of Tenafly Viper. What, you may ask is Tenafly Viper? Well it's an alcoholic delight that brings a whole new meaning to the term "gut rot". When a local liquor store owner discovers a case of out-of-date Viper in his basement, he decides to sell it for a dollar a bottle to the bums who frequent his store. He cannot imagine the devastating effect the booze will have on the hobo hordes. Anybody who even sips the brew will transform into an exploding and melting, Day-Glo mass of liquefied flesh and bone. However it isn't all exploding tramps - the derelicts all hang around a scrap yard run by an obese necrophile and his young, oriental assistant, Wendy. The leader of the tramps is Bronson (Vic Noto), a psychotic Vietnam veteran who carries a dagger fashioned from a human leg bone, has nightmare flashbacks featuring Viet Cong vampires and lewd designs on Wendy. When a group of the tramps rape and murder a local mafia boss's drunken girlfriend - events turn nasty.
The director of STREET TRASH was Michael J. Muro who nowadays is a prolific and respected Director of Photography and Steadicam Operator. His impressive list of credits includes award winning blockbusters such as CRASH, TITANIC, HEAT and TERMINATOR 2. It was co-written by Muro and Roy Frumkes (director of the George A. Romero documentary, DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD). STREET TRASH, however, is a unique experience. So if you want to see a movie with graphically exploding tramps, opportunistic necrophilia and a random game of "catch" in which one unfortunate desperately tries to rescue his severed penis - you can't do any better than this.
As well as being visually inventive the film has a hilarious script - especially the exchanges between the mafia boss Nick Duran (Tony Darrow) and the young doorman (James Lorinz). The doorman was responsible or keeping an eye on Duran's unfortunate, inebriated girlfriend and so he incurs Duran's wrath. Darrow and Lorinz improvised most of the dialogue and in the accompanying documentary Muro says, "I never wrote that stuff". Darrow ends the film by singing a vicious version of My Way over the end credits. Nicole Potter also improvised her own lines for the character of Bronson's girlfriend Winette.
STREET TRASH first came to my attention in 1988 when I read an enthusiastic feature and review in the late Chas Balun's Deep Red magazine. Some time later, while browsing through ex-rental tapes in a video store at Newcastle's Haymarket, I found the Cannon release of the film. I couldn't believe my luck. I hastily paid my £9.99, that I'd been meaning to blow on beer and rushed home to view this potential classic. The film lived up to the praise and more. During one scene I laughed so hard that I suffered a nosebleed. I was so impressed by the film that I invited several friends over the day after for a repeat screening - securing its local cult status. Even in its cut form the film was the perfect antidote to the dreary, glossy horror films that typified the late 1980's.
By the way, if anybody is curious about which scene gave me a nasal hemorrhage - look out for the confrontation between the cop and the mafia hit man in the public toilets.
Besides the old Cannon videocassette of STREET TRASH, Midnite Movies also released the film on DVD, sadly still in its cut version. Synapse released an uncut, restored version in the States a few years ago but this version is the best we've ever had in the UK. It also has extras not present on the Synapse version.
The restored Arrow release of STREET TRASH is uncut and loaded with over two hours of extra features. These include a new, exclusive to the UK interview with Jane Arakawa (who plays Wendy in the movie) plus a comprehensive, feature-length look back at the making of the film. This includes interviews with the creative talents responsible for bringing this insane gore-fest to the screen. The DVD also comes with a reversible sleeve that gives fans the choice of displaying the movie's original UK rental video artwork or a newly commissioned piece of oil painting artwork - plus a poster of the same.
Arrow Video released the two-disc STREET TRASH (cert. 18) DVD (£15.99) on 11th January 2010.
The Meltdown Memoirs" feature
UK exclusive interview with Jane Arakawa (Wendy)