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Its time to bring in the trash, Street Trash in fact!
By James Whittington, Wednesday 1st November 2017

88 Films has opened the Vaults to unleash a frequently far-too-forgotten gem from the VHS shelves - Street Trash!

Never gaining quite the love-fest that its most comparable colleagues such as Peter Jackson's Bad Taste (1987) and Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead II (1987) achieved; fright-fans of the Fangoria generation have nevertheless continued to argue that Street Trash more than deserves its place at the top of the pantheon of late eighties horror greats. Directed by Hollywood hot-shot Jim Muro, who went on to be one of Tinseltown's most in-demand Steadicam operators (with credits that include Terminator 2: Judgement Day [1991], Titanic [1997], Red Dragon [2002] and X-Men: The Last Stand [2006]) Street Trash focuses on a clan of homeless down-and-outs in New York who discover a crate of mysterious alcohol dubbed 'Viper'. Unfortunately for our loveable inner-city denizens this particular tipple carries more than just a horrendous hangover! Indeed, taking a mouthful of Viper results in the human form being trans-mutated into a gruesome pile of goo... and Street Trash is only too happy to show us such horrors in all their colourful prosthetic-perfection!

Written and produced by Roy Frumkes, who had gained his genre stripes as an assistant to Wes Craven and George Romero, there is no denying that Street Trash is full of good-humoured gore, sanguine-splashed special effects and politically incorrect gags galore! Yet, it is for these reasons that the provocative pot-boiler became a midnight movie favourite, often mentioned alongside the likes of Stuart Gordon's classic Re-Animator (1985), before hitting the video cassette shelves and captivating a fresh generation of splatter movie devotees. Hailed as a modern day masterpiece by the late great genre critic Chas Balun (of Deep Red magazine) and long-rumoured to be a favourite of pop singer Elton John!

Unleashed as part of our acclaimed 88 Vault Collection, which has already shocked and surprised viewers with such grindhouse grime and VHS-era slime as I Drink Your Blood (1970), the South African apartheid blaxploitation flick Joe Bullet (1973), Pigs (1973), Creepozoids (1987) and One Dark Night (1982), Street Trash arrives on Blu-ray absolutely packed with gut-bursting special features. Pre-orders from the 88 Films web site will gain a special limited slipcover and collector's booklet from Calum Waddell but these are due to run out soon!.

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