Basic concept: Liquor store owner finds a box of an obscure, cheap-o liquor in his store and decides to make a quick buck by selling it to the local homeless/drunk population. Little does he know that his new wares will melt and dismember those that consume it in a colorful and absolutely gross way. Um... hobo turf war ensues?
This is not the Synapse Films version
When I think of Street Trash, I think of The Stuff. Here,we have a product that isn't exactly what we are supposed to believe it to be. It's highly desirable due to its packaging and cause catastrophic harm when consumed. Granted each product is marketed to a different segment of the population; it's safe to assume those who would eat The Stuff might not drink a fifth of Viper, but anyone who's drank a pull of Viper CAN'T enjoy The Stuff. I think you can blame any number of consumer protection groups in the late 70's and early 80's for creating a culture of paranoia that allowed films like Cohen's Stuff and Muro's Street Trash to become cult classic successes. If there are two things that I can think with certainty that American adore, it's ice cream and booze. Both of them are "bad for you". Both of them can "kill you", and in Street Trash, it's almost moral death. Karma or a cautionary tale. We love food so much we must be absolutely terrified by it.
I encourage you to enjoy the original 16mm short from which the full length movie was drawn. It's highly entertaining and full of unique special effects. The quality is not hi-def. It's not supposed to be. The true fan will enjoy the full length documentary (appropriately entitled Meltdown Memoires). and the commentary by Producer Roy Frumkes and Director Jame Muro. Deleted scenes and an interview with the iconic femme star of Street Trash, Jane Arakawa.
Best part of the package? The thing that separates this from any other release? How about the ability to make your own Tenafly Viper! It comes with a bottle label sticker; great at parties. Terrify your hip friends.
This release has enough new goodies to entertain the Street Trash collector, but is the perfect introduction to the cult of Viper the new S.T. fan. The bottle label will sell them. From the iconic toilet meltdown to a rather humorous decapitation to the obese trying to molest women on chairs... you have something to watch. Enjoy watching something so B on Blu-ray.
You can pick up Street Trash at DiabolikDVD Here or Visist the Synapse Films website and scan their entire catalog (don't forget.... DEMONS 1 & 2 this autumn!)
-Dr. TERROR (covered in Crayola purple, blue and yellow paint).