James Muro’s legendary 1987 splatter fondue Street Trash bears about as much relation to its acknowledged inspiration — Akira Kurosawa’s tenement drama Dodes’ka-den — as The Last House on the Left does to its oft-referenced source The Virgin Spring: It’s the glue-huffing, pus-oozing, lice-ridden derelict who turns up at graduation to proclaim your honor student as his role model.
The plot involves the mayhem caused among tenement dwellers by a shipment of rotgut, Tenafly Viper, that causes any poor Skid Row denizen who downs it to melt, decompose and explode in geysers of psychedelic goo. Good thing it only costs $1. Muro went on to become the Steadicam operator of choice for Scorsese, James Cameron and Michael Mann; his obvious talent, Roy Frumkes’ grimy script, a pungent cast of fearless mugs and flabbergasting gore effects by Jennifer Aspinall make this a gorehound gotta-see when it plays 8 & 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Logue's Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin Rd.
If you're still not convinced — bear in mind you'll be missing the cinema's greatest game of severed-penis keep-away.