Behold Master Filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman!
I’ve known Lloyd Kaufman for many years. He went to Yale. He is proud of that fact. He is also proud of the fact that he runs the longest-lasting independent film studio in the world. He believes in freedom of speech, art above all else, and lots and lots of blood and nudity. He rejected Madonna after an audition, and still doesn’t know whatever happened to her.
For this #31daysofhalloween, I want to celebrate Lloyd and Troma by sharing these “traumatic” classics, beginning with his latest opus:
Yes, “Return To Return To Nuke ’em High” is the latest Troma epic, a sequel to the classic “Class Of Nuke ’em High”, which had the great tagline:
“readin’ writing’ and radiation.”
Bravo to one of the great movie taglines of all time! Exploitation fans are well aware of the cult classic “The Class Of Nuke ’em High”, and you should know that Troma released their latest sequel, “Return To Nuke ’em High” a few years ago!
If you need to be reminded of how great it was, here is a trailer in all its wacky glory!
Prepare For ‘Vol. 2’!”
In pure Troma fashion, founder Lloyd Kaufman devised a way to turn his film into a two-part masterpiece, much like “Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2.”
That’s right: “Return To Return To Nuke ’em High aka Vol. 2” was also released! Here is the trailer:
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As always, Troma must kick and scratch their way into movie theaters, because the mega chains are more interested in showing “Venom” on all twenty screens…so it’s time to celebrate Halloween with some terrific Troma films!
You can also subscribe to their youtube channel and get some great movies there as well…see all of your options here:
Don’t forget some of the great films you’ve seen because of Lloyd:
“The Toxic Avenger” is Troma’s masterwork…with several sequels, graphic novels, an animated TV series and more…a slightly less-wellknown Troma character is one I am particularly proud of:
Some of you read my story about how my wife, Alex, co-created the Troma character “Dolphinman” with James Gunn, the Director of “Guardians Of The Galaxy” films who was unjustly fired from those projects, but will now take over the “Suicide Squad” franchise and make those films worth watching…
We met James at the Cannes Film Festival when he was working with Lloyd, and Dolphinman began as a skit on “Sex On The Riviera” for E! The character is now being directed by John Brennan, who is taking him to new heights – or depths if you remember he’s a Dolphin. You can read all about the “Dolphinman” origin story here:
If all of this makes you want more Troma movies, well, I’ve got a list of some of the greatest of all time – see how many you already own:
And the Troma posters are just as wildly entertaining as the movies!
Of course, Joe Lynch was part of the “Terror Firmer” creative team and has gone on to make such great films as “Wrong Turn 2” and “Everly”!
Remember that Lloyd gave Trey and Matt their start by releasing “Cannibal! The Musical”.
Make sure to go online and buy some Troma classics for your Halloween parties – stuff like this!
The Toxic Avenger: The Japanese Cut!
Wait – MORE Toxie?!?!?!
That’s right! Troma Entertainment released the Japanese cut of the Toxic Avenger!
This Toxie is longer than the U.S. director’s cut and includes an additional four minutes of footage starring our fearless mutated friend. It also includes trailers from the Toxic Avenger franchise, production stills, an intro by Lloyd Kaufman and “Tromatic extras,” which can only mean more glorious schlock!
Again, you can find these films on Troma’s website!
I first met Lloyd at the Cannes Film Festival, where his Troma team annually wrecked havoc on the world’s most glamorous film festival, all to create awareness for Troma Films.
This is me surrounded by Sgt. Kabukiman and Tiffany Shepis. The other Troma guy is forgotten to time, but i’m sure a fan will remind me…no disrespect intended.
I have always admired the tenacity of Lloyd Kaufman’s vision. And I have admired how he has created a dedicated fan base that loves Troma, worships Lloyd, and believes in independent art above all else. He has mentored many who have moved on to great careers in entertainment; some of their work is on this list.
Lloyd has also published a series of best-selling books about filmmaking, including this one: “All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger.” It was written with the great James Gunn.
OK, here is a classic shot of a younger James Gunn in Cannes with Troma, with Tiffany Shepis as well!
As I already told you, Lloyd and James have written the history of Troma already, a hilariously funny and very honestly true story. But I thought you’d find it interesting to see what other people say as well.
Here is what is posted on Wikipedia: “Troma films are B-movies known for their surrealistic nature, along with their use of shocking imagery; some would categorize them as “shock exploitation films”. They typically contain overt sexuality, nudity, and intentionally sadistic, gory, and blatant graphic violence, so much that the term “Troma film” has become synonymous with these characteristics. Troma reuses the same props, actors, and scenes repeatedly, sometimes to save money. At a certain point, however, this became another hallmark of Troma. Examples include a severed leg, a penis monster, and the flipping and exploding car filmed for the movie Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD, which is used in place of any other car that needs to crash and explode.”
And there you have it. If you need more, read the books, such as “Make Your Own Damn Movie!” Or buy the box set of documentaries all about the filmmaking process….Lloyd proves it: don’t claim you want to make a movie, MAKE A MOVIE! He shows you how with a ton of great insight from Writers and Directors such as John G. Avildsen, the Director of “Rocky” – and George Romero, Director of all of the “Night Of The Living Dead” films. James Gunn is on here as are Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Eli Roth and Stan Lee. It’s a treasure trove of great information, the best “how to make a movie” series ever done…
Troma has produced or acquired many early films featuring rising talents such as Carmen Electra (The Chosen One), Billy Bob Thornton (Chopper Chicks in Zombietown), Vanna White (Graduation Day), Kevin Costner (Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.), Samuel L. Jackson (Def by Temptation), Marisa Tomei (The Toxic Avenger), Vincent D’Onofrio (The First Turn-On!), Paul Sorvino (Cry Uncle!), James Gunn (Tromeo and Juliet), and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (Cannibal! The Musical).
There is a treasure trove of Troma material online: Lloyd and Troma have been written up in a ton of film journals and fanzines around the world…and Lloyd always sells the same message: preserving and producing independent art. So let’s celebrate that now!
There are so many Troma classics, with titles like these:
Yes, KILLER CONDOM. A movie Lloyd acquired and unleasehed on the US…just another example of promoting independent filmmaking from around the world. And of course, always have a crazy title, such as:
Chopper Chicks In Zombietown
CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL – Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s first film!
A NYMPHOID BARBARIAN IN DINOSAUR HELL
FAT GUY GOES NUTZOID
TEENAGE CATGIRLS IN HEAT
DEF BY TEMPTATION
SGT. KABUKIMAN, NYPD!
Troma Star Tiffany Shepis was there in Cannes with us for many years, and I was lucky enough to shoot a ton of segments with her and Troma when I was at E! – you can follow her on Twitter as well!
Congrats Lloyd, James, Tiffany and the entire Troma team – here’s to making independent art for years to come!
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