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Street Trash (1987)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | 9 May 1987 (Japan)
A liquor store owner sells alcoholic beverages to homeless people, unaware of what the bottles actually contain: toxic brew.

Director:

James M. Muro (as Jim Muro)

Writer:

Roy Frumkes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Lackey ... Fred
Bill Chepil ... Bill The Cop
Vic Noto ... Bronson
Mark Sferrazza Mark Sferrazza ... Kevin
Jane Arakawa ... Wendy
Nicole Potter ... Winette
Pat Ryan ... Frank Schnizer (as R.L. Ryan)
Clarenze Jarmon ... Burt
Bernard Perlman ... Wizzy
Miriam Zucker Miriam Zucker ... Drunken Wench
M. D'Jango Krunch ... Ed
James Lorinz ... Doorman
Morty Storm Morty Storm ... Black Suit
Sam Blasco Sam Blasco ... Jimmy The Cop
Bruce Torbet ... Paulie
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Storyline

When a liquor store owner finds a case of "Viper" in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its consumers to melt, very messily. Two homeless lads find themselves up against the effects of the toxic brew, as well as going head to head with "Bronson" a Vietnam vet with sociopathic tendencies, and the owner of the junkyard they live in. Written by zombiefiend_2000

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Just when you thought you had seen it all. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Corps à vidanges See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The producers were unsuccessful in getting product sponsorship for the film. The only company that was interested was the manufacturer of Drakes Cakes, which would send the cast and crew a box of snacks every week. By the end of the three-month shoot, everyone had eaten enough of the snacks that when it came time to make the scene where the fat bum explodes, the fake stomach was filled with boxes and boxes of Drakes Cakes. See more »

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Wendy: [her boss collapsed on her, pinning her in a chair] Mr Snizer? Mr Snizer? Hey. Hey! Hey, don't drop dead on me, they'll never find me!
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Frank Schnizer: If you don't want me to stop, I won't stop.
Wendy: Oh you fuck! You miserable lousy fuck!
Frank Schnizer: How do you know, we ain't even done it yet!
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The 1987 UK video version was cut by 6 secs and removed shots of a man's severed penis. These cuts were fully waived for the 2000 DVD release. See more »

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An outlandish, unapologetic delight.
24 November 2005 | by james_trevelyanSee all my reviews

'Street Trash' the most offensive film ever made? Quite possibly. This baby is exceedingly hard to locate, which is unfortunate, because it is an outlandish, unapologetic delight with a wonderful streak of black, black humour. Director Jim Muro has since become one of the most respected Steadicam operators in the business, and has worked his magic upon some pretty big pictures. I believe he was the Steadicam operator on 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', but I might be wrong.

When an enterprising liquor store owner in New York's Lower East Side(?) finds a dusty crate of something named Tenafly Viper stashed behind a brick wall in a back room of his place of business, he decides to sell it cheaply to the bums in the neighbourhood who are his chief customers. But Tenafly Viper is strong stuff indeed; strong enough to melt one's body! And you thought hangovers were bad.

Pretty soon, the homeless population around the liquor store is dwindling as more and more of these unfortunates consume this deadly drop and promptly disintegrate. The first bum to imbibe the killer stuff does so while seated upon a filthy lavatory. He melts into the commode, pulls the chain, and flushes himself away! Truly tasteless, n'est pas? Two more memorable scenes from 'Street Trash' come to mind: in one, a man has his penis bitten off; in the other, a man is spectacularly decapitated by a flying gas cylinder. I read in Fangoria(?) that this scene required eight special effects crew members to pump blood! 'Street Trash' reminds me of Peter Jackson's wonderful 'Bad Taste' which, while far superior to 'Street Trash', is in the same outrageous vein. I guess it might also be likened to 'The Incredible Melting Man', although the special effects makeup in that picture was provided by the legendary Rick Baker - his first film? - and so is much better than anything in 'Street Trash'.

'Street Trash' is an excellent title, because trash is what this film is all about. Its milieu is grimy and bleak, and everything about the whole affair is inherently unclean. Oh yeah, I just remembered another memorable scene: a cop fights a man in a men's room, and beats him to the ground. Then the cop sticks two digits down his own throat and vomits upon the prone man! Pretty sick (excuse the pun)! This film also makes me think of John Waters in its examination of white trash, something Waters did with films such as 'Desperate Living' and 'Pink Flamingoes'. Like those flicks, 'Street Trash' serves up plenty of gross-out gags so, if that is what floats your boat in a movie, then you will certainly enjoy this. I hope 'Street Trash' has a huge cult following, and I suspect it does. And deservedly so.

When oh when oh WHEN is the DVD Special Edition going to be released?! I for one await it with great anticipation. By the way, if you do find this film, do not miss the song which plays over the end credits - very funny stuff! The last time I watched 'Street Trash' I was laughing because one of the bums reminded me of Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes fame. Sorry, Mr Robinson... no offence intended!


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