Welcome to our page dedicated to
the world's oldest independent film studio, TROMA. It is hard
to believe that TROMA has been entertaining the world of the sick
and deranged for over 25 years. It cannot be denied that they
have been a major influence on the way we watch movies today. Although not all
are good , they are just that, TROMA films. They are not made on Hollywood constrained multi-million dollar budgets in
hope of making a gillion bucks, but rather to entertain the fans. They are
perversely thought provoking in challenging viewers with important
questions of the day (i.e. pollution, nuclear power, lesbianism, hermaphrodites,
etc). This light-hearted social
commentary can be much more effective in driving home issues than any
Spike Lee film. So sit back and welcome to the world of TROMA.
New Jersey--Toxic Chemical capitol of the World. A nice place to
live?? Well not for 98lbs. weakling Melvin (Mark Torgl), the janitor
at a local health club. It seems that mild-mannered Melvin is
constantly berated by the population of muscle-bound meatheads that call
this place home and is later incited to leap from a second story window
just to escape their torment. Unfortunately for him, he lands in a
vat of bubbling toxic waste, but even more unfortunate for the "bad
guys", the Toxic Avenger is born.
Evil doers beware, because
towering in at well over 7 ft with the strength of 10 men, Toxie has an unquenchable
thirst for ripping bad guys to shred. No body part (arms, eyes,
brains, balls, etc.) goes un-spared as Toxie armed only with his trusty mop
rampages through these miscreants like a hot knife through shit. This is
bad news for corrupt Mayor Belgoody (Pat Ryan) and his trusty band of cronies,
whose aspiration for transforming the toxic
dumps into valuable shorefront property in now in jeopardy.
Along the way, Toxie
saves a blind girl (Andree
Maranda) from a bunch of corn
holing thugs and a romance blossoms. As the "monster vs.
hero" debates rage in the local rags, Mayor Belgoody must find a way
to get rid of his archrival in order to complete his evil plans. His
luck turns when Toxie accidentally kills a innocent. The final showdown
comes when the national guard is called into action. Does the Mayor
have the guts to stand up against the town's hero??? Buy this film
How can you call yourself a horror fan, if you have
never seen "The Toxic Avenger"??? I must have asked this
question a million times to many so-called horror fanatics. Love it or hate it,
Troma's "The Toxic Avenger" has forever influenced the way we
watch horror movies today. Born out the dark and deranged mind of Lloyd
Kaufman (co-founder of Troma) in the early 80's,
Toxie, as his adoring fans
have come to call him, helped to establish a new standard for underground filmmaking. This
environmental crusader has become a symbol of freedom for children and
adults alike and a mainstay for the collective conscious of this here planet
earth. But beyond his rise to superstardom in animated
features, his own toy line and comic book series, Toxie's misadventures
helped to create one of the most entertaining, influential, and fun horror films
story begins in a courtroom as a lead prosecutor recants the details of one of
the most ghastly and gut-wrenching crimes known to mankind ...cannibalism.
trial charged with this dastardly deed is Alfred Packard (Trey Packard) who
vigorously proclaims his innocence. Later while awaiting his fate, Packard reflects back on his ordeal.
As the scene fades, we find a rag-tag group of miners preparing to make the dangerous journey across the Rockies east into the
Colorado Territory in search of gold. With the untimely death of their guide
Lucky Larry, the group is forced to rally around the services of Alfred Packard
and his horse Leann. Even when a fellow prospector warns them that they have a
"death curse", the men still hit the trail with a song in their
When a normally three week
journey quickly turns longer, the group begins to suspect they are lost, but
pushes on. Along the way they are hassled by a band of miscreant trappers who seem
highly interested in Packard's horse. Their bad luck turns worst when Leann
mysteriously disappears along with all of the supplies. Even when warned of an
approaching storm by a tribe of Japanese Indians, Packard leads his men out in
search of Leann, where they happen upon a crazed Rebel cyclops, who chases them deeper into the wild. Finally, as
the cold winter snow closes in, the pain of frostbite coupled with
their undying hunger turns this scene into a blood feast. Did Alfred Packard
really turn on his own men and have them for dinner??? Rent this hilarious and grossly
entertaining romp from TROMA, of course.
Cannibal! The Musical
This film is loosely based on the trials
and tribulations of Alfred Packard, the only American ever convicted of
cannibalism. This was the first film from the creators of South Park Trey
Parker and Matt Stone and is in my opinion is their funniest and most
entertaining. Parker and Stone found a never ending road of rejection as
they tried to shop their film. Finally because they were life-long TROMA fans, the boys decided to send a copy of their film to Lloyd Kaufman who
instantly realized their genius and brought the film to TROMA for distribution.
After changing the name from "Alfred Packard" to "Cannibal! The
Musical" and redoing the sound, the film was ready for video release. TROMA
was still meeting resistance in getting the films into video store until one day when a little phenomena
know as South Park took the world by storm and the rest is history.
Finally, with a tagline like "Friday the 13th, Part II meets Oklahoma"
and classic ditty such as "Let's Build a Snowman", "A Shpadoinkle
Day" and "Hang the Bastard, Hang Him High", how could you
ever go wrong???
While on the set of
his latest feature blind independent filmmaker
Larry Benjamin (Lloyd Kaufman), armed with the charge to "make some
art", is hard at work trying to maintain control of an overzealous
cast and staying on budget at the time. The cast and crew bound by
Larry's three rules of filmmaking : 1). safety to people, 2). safety to
people's property and 3). make a good movie, are confronted by fears of a homicidal
maniac on the loose who has been terrorizing the fine citizens of
Tromaville killing them off in the most bizarre ways (i.e. de-fetusing a
pregnant woman). The carnage finally begins to spill over into the
production with the deaths of sound guy, the "Toddster" (Gary
Hrbek), and its main investor Jacob
Gelman (Joe Fleishaker).
Back on the set, the sparkles begin to fly between boom
operator Casey (Will Keenan) and one of the PAs Jennifer (Alyce Latourelle)
while a jealous special effect wiz Jerry (Trent Haaga) looks
on. This tension is fuelled further by Casey's clouded vision of life (Speilberg
worshipping conservatism), which is a direct contradiction to
Jerry's own spontaneous, off-the-cuff, anything goes approach. The
weirdness continues in this bizarre love triangle as the body count keeps
raises and no one is spared the trials, tribulations, and tragedies of
independent filmmaking. Can they succeed before the killer brings
the production to a screaming halt or will family values be saved???
blood, and murder are all key ingredient in the making of any TROMA film especially
one about itself. The film is loosely
based on Lloyd Kaufman's highly entertaining and totally outrageous bio
"All I need to know about filmmaking I learned from the Toxic
Avenger". Following in the tradition of the successful
"Tromeo and Juliet" Troma again pushes the envelope of good
taste or should I say bad taste in challenging the audience with such
socially relative issues as a life reaffirming rape and hermaphrodites.
The true secret to the success of this film, beyond it statement about the
state of independent filmmaking, is its solid ensemble cast which includes
first timer Trent Haaga, a lifelong Troma fan, the extreme sexy Debbie
Rochon (Christine), Will Keenan (Tromeo and Juliet) and of course Lloyd
Kaufman himself. "Terror Firmer" is easily one of TROMA's
best films in the last ten years and should instantly become a fan
favorite when it finally gets a wider release via video and DVD later this
year. Lloyd Kaufman has been quoted in saying that it is TROMA's mission "to
entertain - to educate, piss off, but above all to entertain" and
with "Terror Firmer" they succeeds on all levels.
An ancient prophecy says that in the year 2000 the Evil One will conquer the world that is if he can defeat his nemesis Kabukiman. So the Evil One sets forth in his plan, and Kabukiman must be destroyed. A vicious assault on the unsuspecting Kakukiman at a ancient Japanese play, seems to have destroyed the worlds only hope. When New York Police Sergeant Harry Griswald comes to the dying Kabukiman's aid he is given the ancient power of the Kabukiman. With the help of the beautiful Lotus Sergeant Griswald must learn to use the powers he has given in time to defeat the Evil One and foil his horrendous plan. Can Sgt. Kabukiman learn to master his arsenal of ancient attacks in time to defeat the Evil One?
This film is TROMA at it's best (or worst). Returning to the directorial helm is
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, the geniuses behind Toxic Avenger. Filled with the classic
TROMA humor one will marvel at the amazing transformation of Sgt. Griswald into Sgt.
Kabukiman., and want to run in fear from the pure evil that the Evil One is. How can anyone who views this film not be impressed with the Heat-Seeking Chopsticks, Fatal Sushi, and Projectile Parasols that comprise the Kabukimans arsenal, and not be impressed by the beauty that is Lotus. SGT. KABUKIMAN
N.Y.P.D. is a true modern B-movie classic. --MR.
More TROMA films on the way!!!!
"Rabid Grannies", "Mother's Day",
"Redneck Zombies", "Surf Nazis Must Die", "Tromeo and Juliet",
"Bloodsucking Freaks" and "Class of Nuke'em High"
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