Troma Entertainment is a film production company known for its low-budget, independent, and often controversial movies. Here are five of my favourite Troma movies, in no particular order:
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Directed By – Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman
Starring – Mitch Cohen, Mark Torgl, Andree Maranda, Pat Ryan Jr
This movie tells the story of a scrawny, bullied janitor who becomes a superhero after falling into a vat of toxic waste. The film is a cult classic and spawned three sequels and a cartoon series.
Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)
Directors – Richard W. Haines, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Starring – Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan
This film follows the students of a high school located next to a nuclear power plant who start to mutate after being exposed to toxic waste. The movie is known for its over-the-top gore, humour, and social commentary.
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
Director – Lloyd Kaufman
Starring – Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele, Maximillian Shaun
This is a modern retelling of the classic Shakespearean tale but with a Troma twist. The movie is filled with gore, nudity, and dark humour.
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990)
Directors – Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz
Starring – Rick Gianasi, Susan Byun, Bill Weeden, Thomas Cmkovich
This movie is a parody of the superhero genre, following a police officer who gains the powers of a Kabuki performer after being exposed to radioactive sushi. The film is filled with humour, action, and absurdity.
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
Directors – Lloyd Kaufman, Gabriel Friedman
Starring – Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin Watkins
This movie is a horror-comedy musical about a fast-food restaurant built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground. The film is known for its over-the-top gore, humour, and catchy musical numbers.
It’s worth noting that Troma movies are not for everyone, as they can be offensive, crude, and graphic. However, they have gained a loyal following of fans who appreciate their unique style and unapologetic approach to filmmaking.