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Cult Fiction Underground: Street Trash 

When: April 26-27 2013
James Muro’s legendary 1987 splatter fondue 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. Even without the game of severed-penis keep-away.
— Jim Ridley


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