In this comedy/gore curio following in the footsteps of earlier Troma productions such as the Class of Nuke’em High and Toxic Avenger, director J. Michael Muro takes great joy in exploiting and exploding the bad side of the city streets.
The film centres its story on the blight of two homeless brothers, Fred (Mike Lackey) and Kevin (Mark Sferrazza). The pair spending their days just try to get by from day to day with Fred, the older brother more than happy to spend his time just get from one bottle of hooch to the next. While Kevin, has his eye on the scrapyard’s office girl Wendy (Jane Arakawa); who seems to have taken it upon herself to help out the homeless locals that live within the yard.
To say that this film has any sort of centre is a bit of a stretch, with so many characters and plots all over the place, it’s difficult to keep focused on the main point of the film, that of the poisonous booze.
But back to the scrapyard; Fred and Kevin’s main source of their problems, apart for the lack of housing and clean cloths is that of a crazy Nam vet, Bronson (Vic Noto – Tougher Than Leather and Boardwalk Empire), the head of a gang of oddball homeless characters living with the yard.
Bronson deranged from too many Nam flashbacks and bottles of booze, is more than happy to put a man’s head through and car windscreen or chop off a fellow hobo’s manhood. Though due to his actions in the local area, has become the number one bad guy for a hardnosed cop called Bill (Bill Chepil), who loves nothing more than rolling up his sleeves for a good old fashioned fist fight.
Though all these stories of loony hobos and manic cops are good for a laugh, it gets away from the booze. This booze, Viper, which has been found by a local liquor store own in his basement, is laying waste to the local homeless in glorious Technicolor.
With multicolour explosions of body parts and goo, the demise of the poor street trash never feels anything more than hilarious and camp than gory and horrifying. Though this does seem to be the main goal of the film, to get a cheap laugh at the expense of anything and everything, which I have to say is never a bad thing when it comes to such hidden goodies as this.
Though the film doesn’t hit all its marks and has many missed opportunities to take its themes further it is never dull and is the ideal film for night out on the booze.
Mike Lackey … Fred
Bill Chepil … Bill The Cop
Vic Noto … Bronson
Mark Sferrazza … Kevin
Jane Arakawa … Wendy
Nicole Potter … Winette
Directed By … J. Michael Muro
The producers were unsuccessful in getting product sponsorship for the film. The only company that was interested were the makers of Drakes Cakes, which would send the cast and crew a box of snacks every week. By the end of the three-month shoot, everyone had eaten enough of the snacks that when it came time to make the scene where the fat bum explodes, the fake stomach was filled with boxes and boxes of Drakes Cakes.
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