Today, fellow Greenpointers I have a very special treat to share with you: a hitherto unknown bit of Greenpoint glory called “Street Trash”. It all started with an email I received from my buddy Matt Wolfe from the Greenpointer Courier:
Are you familiar with the movie Street Trash. Being that it was filmed entirely in Greenpoint* and is gross, I’m assuming you have. I’m writing an article on it and was curious if you had any comment.
Believe it or not, I had not heard of this film. Intrigued, I looked it up on Wikipedia. The plot synopsis is as follows:
The owner of a liquor store in lower Manhattan finds a case of cheap wine (“Tenafly Viper”) in his basement. It’s over sixty 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, an overzealous cop is trying to get to the bottom of all the deaths. The movie is littered with darkly comedic deaths and injuries. It also contains the notorious ‘severed privates’ scene where a group of homeless people play catch with the severed member of one of their number, as he futilely attempts to recover it.
Hobos!?! Bad booze?!? FILMED IN GREENPOINT?!? Obviously I had to possess this item, so I moseyed over to Amazon and ordered it.
Today, dear readers, my “SPECIAL TWO-DISC MELTDOWN EDITION” arrived! Can you feel the magic in the air? You can anticipate a detailed analysis of this flick from yours truly in the near future, so stay tuned. Be sure to keep an eye out for Matt’s interview as well. I have no doubt it will be very interesting.
In closing, I’d like to thank Matt for bringing this to my attention. This film will provide me untold amounts of Greenpoint mirth. Any movie that has the following piece of Oscar-award winning dialogue is definitely up my alley:
Lady, I ain’t so sure you don’t have a cock.
I have found myself wondering just this as I stroll down Manhattan Avenue on many a Sunday afternoon.
*It later came to light that this is not entirely true: it was filmed in Greenpoint and Maspeth.