Trash Fire (2016)

Who knew Vinnie Chase could actually act?

When Owen (Adrian Grenier) is forced to confront the past he’s been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.

Richard Bates Jr returns with another smashing genre mashed strange and unsettling film, this time with Trash Fire. Filled with characters that are all so abrasive and unsympathetic, Trash Fire will only appeal to those who like their humour dry and dark. I read a review where someone quoted that “Only the most bitter nihilists will think Trash Fire is funny”… Awkward… I found it side-splitting.

Overall the cast is quite strong and it is well acted. Angela Trimbur (Isabel) and Fionnula Flanagan (Violet) are particular standouts, Adrian Grenier’s character almost takes a step back in the second half, but even he is great here, and those damn big puppy dog eyes of his make him the most loveable horrible guy ever.

The film has plenty of admirable traits, the biting one liners are crude, rude and create genuinely funny moments, the stylish cinematography breaks the fourth wall with splendid but bizarre straight to camera pieces.

Trash Fire is campy brilliance, filled with my kind of humour. The glorious over the top ending may not be to everyone’s liking, personally I had no problem with it, what I did have a problem with was by far the most obnoxious title card I’ve ever seen, it nearly blasted me out of my living room.

7.0 / 10

“Your mother was a whore. Your father was a moron, and your sister’s an abomination”


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