Tuesday, August 08, 2023

The Time For Street Trash Is Now (Again)

It was just about a decade ago when I first saw the gonzo 1987 cult horror movie Street Trash -- I know the timing because I did a "Ways Not To Die" post pretty much right after seeing it that memorialized the occasion of my brand new love affair. It really was adoration at first sight -- I couldn't believe my eyes, what I was seeing this movie get away with, and I wanted a piece of it. Anyway the last thing I ever expected to hear was somebody would be making a remake, but here we are! And to be honest... it kind of makes sense? Fear of "the homeless" (I know we're using "unhoused" these days, but this movie demands some retro-speak) feels as bad today as it was in the 1980s and it's a subject that a smart filmmaker could exploit to great effect. Whether the guy who made the movie Fried Barry will suss out the particulars or just be outrageously over-the-top gross about it all (which is how Fried Barry felt to me) I guess we'll have to see, but he has certainly found a wheelhouse to exist in. And what he says about his decision to remake this so-wrong-it's-right-and-then-wrong-again classic does make me hopeful:

"Our reimagining of Street Trash takes place in Cape Town, South Africa where the growing divide between rich and poor has changed the world as we know it,. I was a huge fan of the original ‘Street Trash’ when I was a kid, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce a whole new generation to the melted gonzo goodness that made the original such a classic.”

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