An unknown liquor called "Tenafly Viper" is being spread around among the homeless when a clerk finds a case and starts selling it cheap. The problem is that the booze will melt them inside out at an insane rate. While this is going on, the homeless are struggling to stay alive as it is - especially with a maniac like the Vietnam vet Bronson wanting total control.
To an extent you could call "Street Trash" one of the key titles of slime-o-rama horror. Those gooey, splattery, melty movies that the 80's especially knew how to produce. Titles like "The Toxic Avenger" (and some various Troma) are definitely up there too, but somehow "Street Trash" seems to be a step ahead of many of them. Synapse Films have now released the movie on blu-ray, a treatment I'd be against if it wasn't for the fact that... well... it looks pretty damn good in HD. They have manages to maintain the great melting colors, which is a key here, but it also shows that the movie survives even when you can see the flaws in effects.
Tenafly Viper, a tasty, tasty drink being sold off at $1/bottle by the man who found a case of them - fantastic! There's just one problem... it will cause people to melt. A homeless man, Fred, steals a bottle but unfortunately gets attacked by fellow bums. I say "unfortunately", but of course he's in more luck than he could ever imagine. Fred and his younger brother are both homeless, just doing what they can do stay alive. The homeless community is quite large around these parts, and one man has taken a role as a leader of sorts. This is Bronson, a Vietnam vet with crazy nightmares from the horrific war. He's not right in the head, and few wants to mess with him. The characters are plentiful, but we keep coming back to Fred and his brother, Bronson and a few others.
The movie is pretty much a bizarre comedy about bums. The Tenafly Viper liquor is sadly often a subplot even though that's what pulls people into the movie to begin with. This has always been one of my biggest complaints. The movie is fun still, but there's only so much you can take watching bums doing weird things (trying to gross out the audience). It has brief moments of thought and gets semi-political with Bronson the Vietnam vet and how the homeless are treated. It ends there, and goes back to being gross. The melting moments are glorious and several of them are quite possibly the most creative melting sequences in any movie with the varying colors and gore.
I'll end it there with "Street Trash". Most of you have seen it already and those who haven't have gotten enough to know what to expect. Fans should definitely pick up the Synapse blu-ray - there's a bunch of sweet extras included. The movie is pretty much as how I remembered it. It's funny, bizarre and gets quite gory at parts. Not to mention that we get enough nude women to be pleased. But the movie definitely gets boring at times, and the focus is rarely on the Tenafly Viper liquor or the melting, but actually more on the fucked up lives of the homeless.