Repulsive Reviews- Street Trash (1987)

With the new blu-ray release of the Street Trash from 88 Films coming out, I thought I’d revisit the gooey gem, and boy am I glad I did. Street Trash is James M. Muro’s directorial debut, and the film is written by Roy Frumkes. I think it’s safe to say Muro’s career has gone downhill since Street Trash; this is apparent given that he’s done work on Titanic, The Fast and the Furious, and X-Men 2. Street Trash currently holds a 6.2 on IMDb, and a 70% on the tomatometer, somehow.

Street Trash VHS box, in all its glory

Street Trash follows the misadventures of Fred (Mike Lackey), a homeless man living in Brooklyn. Fred, being the sneaky fox he is, steals a bottle of Tenafly Viper from a local store, not knowing that the cheap wine is over 60 years old and causes consumers to melt. Luckily, Fred doesn’t have to find this out the hard way, as his Viper gets stolen from a fellow homeless man, who we get to watch colorfully melt into a toilet.

The culprit

With the homeless population melting away, it’s only a matter of time till the police get involved. Street Trash presents us with Bill (Bill Chepil), a cop determined to get to the bottom of the deaths. But that isn’t all Bill has on his plate; he’s also trying to end the tyranny of homeless Vietnam veteran Bronson (Vic Noto), self-proclaimed king of the junkyard.

Not my Bronson
That’s better

Sprinkle in some wildly offensive humor in the Troma vein, and that’s Street Trash. For whatever reason, this film holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s the wonderful practical FX, or the slew of quirky characters, or the synthy soundtrack by Rick Ulfik (available on piss yellow vinyl thanks to Lunaris Records).

melty man
Look me in the eyes and tell me that isn’t beautiful

I’m not easily offended, but I’d imagine the humor in the film could be a turnoff to many. The film was written, in part, to offend. In fact, in an NBR profile, Roy Frumkes stated: “I wrote it to democratically offend every group on the planet”. It’s safe to say that if you’re not a fan of Troma’s brand of humor, you probably won’t find this too enjoyable. But if you’re up to it, Street Trash is a fun little film, and I cannot recommend it enough. The never-dull, endlessly-entertaining ride that is Street Trash is not one to miss. It is available on blu-ray through Synapse Films, and on both blu ray and DVD through 88 Films.


I give Street Trash a 7/10

If you liked this sleazy melt movie, be sure to check out Larry Cohen’s The Stuff.

Watch a trailer for Street Trash here.

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