Troma Entertainment. A company that takes pride in delivering independent cinema to the audience. They are considered to be a horror company, but most of their films main focus is comedy and making the viewer laugh. Their movies are known for being filled with sex and nudity, made on a miniscule budget with an inexperienced cast and crew.
It all started back in 1974 when the company was founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. They started out distributing films such as Bloodsucking Freaks before producing their own cheap films, starting with teen comedies such as Squeeze Play and Waitress. These films would make enough to keep them in business, but it wasn’t until they created The Toxic Avenger that they would create something that can truly represent their vision and thankfully the film ended up being a success and are now considered to be a cult classic.
Instead of becoming a softer company over the years, Troma has stand proud of their material and kept on doing what they believe in. They can proudly display a library of over 150 movies and they continue to deliver a new studio produced film with a few years apart. Since times have changed and it is harder to get movies out to the audience these days, they haven’t had any movie replicate the big success of the Toxic Avenger but they still provide films that both their audience and cult movie fans can enjoy and there is no signs of them slowing down anytime soon.
Troma has never been afraid of new things and were one of the first companies to offer a webstore where you could buy movies directly from the internet and get them delivered home to you. Instead of being angry about file sharing, they have created a Youtube channel where they have uploaded 100+ movies for fans to enjoy for free, and to get new potential new fans hooked. It shows that they trust their fanbase 100%, something other companies rarely dare to do.
They also work for independent cinema to prosper and even have an alternative to Sundance called TromaDance, which is free and is celebrating its thirteenth year when this years festivities are wrapped up. Lloyd Kaufman is also elected Chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance and is constantly acting in other low budget films, at times without pay just to be helpful to fellow striving filmmakers.
The future also doesn’t look that bad for Troma. There is more years between their own films now, but they do seem to be worth the wait. Return to Class of Nuke ‘Em High, the fourth in the series is their next film and there has been work on the fifth Toxic Avenger film for quite some years now. They have also made a deal for a Toxic Avenger remake by a Hollywood studio and there has been rumours of a Class of Nuke ‘Em High and Poultrygeist remake aswell. At the time of writing this, they are also hoping to Occupy Cannes again with a new documentary that will be founded by fans through IndieGogo.
Cinema Terror will proudly dedicate the entire month of February to Troma as a way to show my appreciation to the company and what they stand for. I might not be a big fan of most of their films, but I’m a fan of Lloyd Kaufman and his team and I am always hopeful that their next project will be successful and entertaining.
For each day this upcoming month, I will post a new review of one of Troma’s films. I will not only do the Troma made films, but also a lot of the stuff they have picked up for distribution over the years.
These are the films that will have their reviews posted during February:
East End Hustle (1976)
Squeeze Play (1979)
The First Turn-On (1983)
Combat Shock (1984)
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)
Lust for Freedom (1987)
Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989)
The Toxic Avenger II (1989)
The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)
A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990)
Getting Lucky (1990)
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)
Class of Nuke ‘Em High II: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991)
The Toxic Crusaders – The Movie (1991)
Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
Space Zombie Bingo (1993)
Class of Nuke ‘Em High III: The Good, The Bad and the Subhumanoid (1994)
Terror Firmer (1999)
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)
Tales from the Crapper (2004)
Coons! Night of the Bandits of the Night (2005)
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
Father’s Day (2011)
I will also do a review of Lloyd Kaufman’s book All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger.
So sit back, cheer up and enjoy a month filled with funny entertainment.