Street Trash

Production year: 1987
Release date: 07/09/2013
Studio: Synapse
Collection Number: 1185

When it comes to horror's various subgenres most of us are pretty well versed with Zombies, Vampires, Ghosts, and Wolfmen.  However there is one subgenre not often referenced, one tailor-made for the depraved.   These films feature people rapidly decomposing into piles of sludge and on occasion there might be a few bodily explosions.  Yes I am referring to the Meltdown subgenre.  The films aren't frequent, but when a good one manages to surface it's generally heralded by the community.

Street Trash is a well known member of that subgenre.  It was created in 1987 by a small group of people who met in film school.   The leader of the pack was Roy Frumkes, whom many of you may know for his work on the wonderful Document of the Dead.

In the back of an old liquor store a man finds an old dusty box.  He pops it open to discover a heap of unopened liquor bottles.  The elixir is known as Viper, and the alcohol pusher plans on selling the small bottles to hobos at an extremely cheap rate.  Unbeknownst to him this ol' liquor has deteriorated into a noxious poison that has deadly, and often times disgusting effects on any who should ingest it.

Meanwhile two homeless brothers Fred (Mike Lackey) and Kevin (Mark Sferrazza) are currently living in a huge junkyard.  The homeless have a bit of a hierarchy and the place is ruled by a crazed Vietnam vet that goes by the name of Bronson.  Bronson is responsible for a string of crimes that the local police force are looking into, he's also on Fred's ass over a few dollars owed.  Viper soon comes into the mix giving genre fans one of the strangest cult movies of the 80's.  There really is a lot going on with this movie.  The meltdown aspect is a big part, but there's also a few strange subplots involving the local PD along with the mafia.  The film is always offering the viewer something to chew on and never does it drag.  It's one of those films that was a big product of it's budget and the decade in which it was created.

Synapse did a wonderful job in the restoration.  This film has never looked better.  Some might recall the slight delay this blu-ray had before hitting the streets, I can report that it was well worth the wait.  Considering the budget, I'm amazed at how good this film actually looks.  There's a nice image with a lot of detail along with a natural grain.  Everything is clear and sharp and the colorful scenes of gore seem to just pour off the screen.  I really can't say enough good things about the print.

The audio is good, but doesn't nearly score as high as the PQ.  There were a few instances where I felt the dialogue was drown out due to the score.  Depending on your receiver you might have to fiddle around with things.  There's a 5.1 audio option along with two audio commentaries featuring Roy Frumkes (writer/producer) along with James Muro (director.)

Synapse has really given this film an amazing treatment, there are hours and hours of supplements to dig through.  We'll start with the most impressive.  Meltdown Memoirs is a feature-length documentary about the film.  It's directed by Frumkes so you already have an idea of what to expect.  It doesn't let down and a big chunk of the cast return to recant about the making of the movie.  Next up is the short that inspired the film along the film's trailer and a promotional teaser that was created to help fund the movie.  An interview with Jane Arakawa is an exclusive blu-ray featurette and is much needed as the actress wasn't available for the Memoirs documentary.  Lastly a handful of deleted scenes finish off the disc.  If you're a fan of this film you're going to want to add this to your Amazon wishlist.

Street Trash isn't just a meltdown movie, it's the meltdown movie.  A must see for any connoisseurs of trash cinema.  The filmmakers were able to jam a lot of filth into that run time, hell I didn't even mention the severed dick 'keep away' scene.  Don't ask, just file this one under not to be missed.