Sunday, February 24, 2013

Street Trash (1987)

Street Trash has a very thin plot which basically reads: If you drink this ultra cheap booze you'll totally melt away and die a colorful death. Of course this is made to be fun as hell and luckily it is. 

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.

The setting, a heavily polluted New York City where it seems 90% of the locals are prostitutes, hobos or mentally disturbed, creates a nice vibe. The characters aren't any cleaner. Armed with fully unkempt hairstyles, rotten teeth, dirty clothes and a nasty skin they perfectly match the streetscape of dirty New York. 

The kills are simply amazing and are filled with over the top (paint)gore. One amazing melt scene after another in rapid succesion who still look amazing due to the great effects. Fortunately a somewhat tame middle of the film gets ended by an amazing last half an hour where the film goes completely crazy and where no one is spared. 

Street Trash is a film that due to the setting and characters breaths dirtyness and at the same time is so much fun due to the amazing gore effects. And lets be honest. Who can resist a movie with this dvd-cover (by ARROW Video). 

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