Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin Watkins, Joshua Olatunde
Humans… the other white meat… Unless you’re black, then it’s dark meat… Or if you are asian, then it’s yellow meat… Or if you are Native American, it’s red meat…
Arbie and Wendy are two young teens who have fallen in love with each other. When Wendy heads off to college their relationship turns cold and they lose contact. A couple of years later, Arbie walks past a protest rally that are against the opening of a new fast food restaurant that have been built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
Among the protesters, Arbie catches Wendy. Wendy has now become a lesbian and that causes Arbie to annoy Wendy by taking a job at the new fast food restaurant. It doesn’t take long before the spirits of the Indians team up with the hundreds of dead chickens to form possessed chicken zombies (or is it zombie chickens?) who wants to destroy this establishment and everyone involved with it.
Poultrygeist is a satiric take on the American fast food industry. It’s filled with gore, slime, boobs, action, comedy and even musical scenes! That might sound like most Troma films, but this is one of their good efforts!
The slimy criticism of the big fast food chains can easily be changed to be about the movie industry, a topic that Lloyd Kaufman could fill a library of books with. It’s the good old little guy versus the big money greedy corporations fight that can be seen in several Troma movies, usually hidden between the green slime and fart jokes.
The humour in this film works great and it’s one of the funniest Troma films I’ve seen so far. Even the musical scenes are surprisingly funny and catchy. Even though it has the silliness that most Troma produced films have, I do think that this one is more accessible for the general audience… that is, who doesn’t mind a film with chicken zombies… or zombie chickens, whatever it is.
The acting isn’t the best, as expected, but they do seem to give their best effort here and that counts. Jason Yachanin plays our main hero Arbie, a geeky looking kid who looks like the complete opposite of a movie hero. There are, as always, a Ron Jeremy cameo and even Kaufman himself shows up in a part as a future Arbie in the last part.
Even though his so-called immature humour hasn’t changed a bit, Lloyd Kaufman does show growth as a director here, making this one of his more coherent films of his filmography. He is one of very few directors that are able to create entertaining pieces out of fart jokes and slime on low budgets.
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead came out at a time when Troma really needed something good for their audience, especially after the terrible Tales from the Crapper. This is Troma at its finest and it is essential for Troma fans and should also be entertaining to anyone else who has a taste for silly and stupid humour.