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May 4, 2011

Flicks: Street Trash (1987)


Street Trash: it's easy to find us - we're all over the place.

May is Melting Man Month at the Sleaze Blender! All month long The Sleaze-A-Saurus will be featuring the best of 60 years of jellified manlings captured on tape with the magic of cinema.

The genre of Melting Men is much larger than you'd first imagine. Simply ponder this, scaleless manling: any action movie or TV show that you've ever viewed contains at least one shot of a man one fire - introducing you to a small portion of a sub-genre of Action and Horror known as the Incredible Melting Man. Not very coincidentally, cult classic The Incredible Melting Man (1977) was a movie that firmly capitalized specifically on this inter-genre craze.

Director Jim Muro's Street Trash features an enterprising manling who industriously decides to sell a substance labeled Viper to his exclusive clientele of hobos, winos and derelicts for the reasonable price of 1 Earth dollar per bottle. Once consumed, the liquid painfully reduces it's victim to a pile of colorful ooze and a few singed bones.

Muro is known as one of the best Steadicam operators in the business. Street Trash utilized the freedom of the Steadicam to go into dingy settings in New York's Bowery instead of attempting to re-create the same level of filth and scum in the studio. Muro went onto work on a number of A and B pics on Steadicam including Titantic, Jason Takes Manhattan, Terminator 2 and the last two of the X-Men films.

As for the content regarding Melting People. Street Trash explores the human body as a delicate and decaying canvas for horror. This approach would later be seen in Peter Jackson's (LOTR) Bad Taste, in Blade and House Of 1,000 Corpses. Street Trash has become a touchstone for fringe horror fans and film makers by setting the standard for "overboard" gore.


References:
IMDB, Street Trash (1987)

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