Have you ever heard of the 1987 flick Street Trash? The B-movie is a bit of a cult classic horror-comedy now, falling under the "melt movie" genre. It was filmed mostly in Greenpoint, and since it's always fun to take a look back at the Bad Old Days of now-gentrified neighborhoods, Nitehawk Cinemas will be screening it at midnight all weekend. Why Street Trash? The theater's John Woods tells us it's "a really unique genre bending classic that reached a wider audience after it's initial theatrical run during the golden age of independent video rental stores. Equally funny and shocking, a great deal of it was filmed in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. We wanted to give people a chance to see this on the big screen since it's a perfect midnight movie to watch with a lively crowd."
Expect plenty of "comedic deaths," a game of catch with a severed penis, a Q&A with the movie's Rocco Simonelli and Roy Frumkes, and a whole lot of melting... here's the basic plot:
The owner of a liquor store in lower Manhattan finds a case of cheap wine ("Tenafly Viper") in his basement. It is over 60 years old and has gone bad, but he decides to sell it to the local hobos anyway. Unfortunately, anyone who drinks this Viper melts away in a hideous fashion. At the same time, two brothers find different ways to cope with homelessness, while an overzealous cop (Bill Chepil) is trying to get to the bottom of all the deaths, all the while trying to end the tyranny of deranged Vietnam veteran.
Nitehawk has also gone through and revisited some of the locations in the film (we highly recommend checking that out), and note, "The landscape is unrecognizable for most of the film, all crumbled buildings and streets overgrown with weeds, but a few helpful street signs and some resilient landmarks helped us place a few of the film’s key locations." They also include a map, so we recommend printing it out, picking up a bottle of Tenafly Viper, and making a nice little Sunday walk out of it.