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Street Trash (1987) – Episode 151 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“I’d like to know what you’re doing with all that chicken in your pants?” Why do they always ask you that in the grocery store? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they investigate the whole chicken-in-your-pants mystery while trying to figure out the rules of a never-before-imagined game of keep-away in Street Trash (1987).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 151 – Street Trash (1987)

A liquor store owner sells alcoholic beverages to homeless people, unaware of what the bottles actually contain: toxic brew.


Street Trash is a genuine cult classic, or maybe a straight-up classic, that seeks to offend everyone. This one is Chad’s pick for the podcast and he makes no apologies as he shows his love. Jeff and Crystal popped their Street Trash cherries with this watch and “enjoyed” their exposure to the overt and shameless exploitation of the film. 

Of course, the 80s Grue-Crew discusses the infamous scene in which the homeless inhabitants of the junkyard play keep-away with a dismembered member. Bill points out that he’s had the privilege of producing a similar prosthetic for a film, but in his case, he included the scrotum, a much harder task to pull off (according to Bill). Jeff, Chad, and Crystal listen with breathless anticipation as Bill describes his technique. 

Street Trash is not for everyone, but if you can shake off the gang-rape, necrophilia, the male organ removal and following shenanigans, misogyny run rampant, and prejudicial depiction of the homeless, it’s a lot of fun. (I can’t believe I just wrote that.) It is currently available on Shudder – a regular version and a Joe Bob Briggs treatment – and there is also a Special Meltdown Edition Blu ray available from Synapse Films. 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 153, the 80s Grue-Crew takes a look at The Dead Zone (1983), based on Stephen King’s novel and directed by David Cronenberg, starring Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, and Colleen Dewhurst.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.