Terror Firmer (1999)
New Yorkers unfamiliar with Troma have a chance to catch up on its sensibilities this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, Troma hosts the 17th annual Tromadance Film Festival in Brooklyn, a free festival showing feature films and shorts from filmmakers around the world. This is the story of how one wacky filmmaking factory found its groove.
Schlock With Purpose
Founded in 1974 by Kaufman and his business partner Michael Herz, Troma bills itself as the longest-running independent movie studio in North America. The company is known for its low-budget
“Mike Lombardo: Reel Splatter, Surreal Talent” by Amanda Rebholz
Several years ago I was asked to be a part of a documentary about independent horror movies, and as a result of my involvement I was flown to Pennsylvania to film a segment with the rest of the cast. While everyone there were warm and wonderful, there was a boy about my own age who I couldn’t help but notice. He had vivid, brightly-colored tattoos and a messy mop of hair and a grin that took over his entire face. Within ten minutes we were obsessively discussing our mutual love of “Jason X” and its many tie-in novels,
Troma is best known as the production company behind cult-classic B-movies like The Toxic Avenger and Mother’s Day, but the company has recently become a force of online video with an active and ever-growing YouTube channel (currently with over 119,000 subscribers) of Troma-styled videos and even full feature films.
Founded in 1974 by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma made its name with sex comedies like The First Turn On!! before its aforementioned, breakout hit The Toxic Avenger, which debuted in theaters in 1985 and has since inspired sequels, a TV series, and (maybe soon) a family-friendly remake.
Shriekfest 2015: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA) - Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival is thrilled to announce its second surge of films for the Fifteenth annual festival! Shriekfest brings you the Best in independent horror and sci-fi! "We are so excited for our 15th year and this slate of films!" says festival director Denise Gossett. Shriekfest is Oct 1-4. www.shriekfest.com
Clinger: Directed by Michael Steves. When her possessive high school boyfriend dies in a gruesome accident, Fern Petersen’s life is thrown into turmoil. Things go from bad to worse when
Flickering Myth received an opportunity to sit with Joe Lynch, the Writer and Producer of Everly, which releases August 10th on DVD and Blu-ray.
I had seen this film when it had just released on VOD, earlier this year, as it only had a very limited theatrical release and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was dark, bloody, and full of gory twists. I wasn’t quite sure where to categorize it as a film? But I was certain I needed more popcorn to watch its story unfold.
Interviewing Joe was a treat and I got to understand his process for filmmaking, his love of the medium, and what we’re likely to expect from him in the future.
Flickering Myth Manny: Good morning Joe, I wanted to go over Everly but I also wanted to briefly go over some of your film background
It’s fair to say I’m a sucker for scream queen “documentaries”. Be they the T&A filled features such as Scream Queen Hollywood Hot Tub Party, more amateur-hour productions such as Donald Farmer’s shot-on-video Invasion of the Scream Queens, or the awesome scream queen interviews that featured in Stephen King’s World of Horror – if it features an interview with a scream queen then I’m there. I’m also a fan of the documentaries and Blu-ray extras produced by High Rising Productions – including their previously released slasher movie documentary: Slice and Dice: The Slasher Movie Forever.
Put the two together and… I’m in filmic heaven!
Directed by UK-horror scene stalwart Calum Waddell and hosted by scream queen Debbie Rochon (Terror Firmer, Tromeo and Juliet) Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed features, in a change of pace for horror documentaries, especially those focusing on females in the genre,
Graduation Day will hit Blu-ray in the UK on October 13th, while Mother’s Day will be available in the high-definition format sometime in early 2015. An official release date for Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone has not yet been announced. Below are two official press releases and a look at the Blu-ray cover art. The first release has full details on Graduation Day‘s special features, including the documentary, Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed! (thanks to Blu-ray.
Hosted by the legendary Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer), this insightful investigation into the challenges of women working within a genre frequently associated with a masculine fanbase is unique in featuring all-female perspectives. Names that have been caught on camera for this epic expose
Whether it’s twenty seconds long or three hours, shot on a Red digital camera, Go Pro or a 16mm film camera, or viewed on a desktop computer, laptop, cell phone, AppleTV, a Kindle, or whatever — movies, music videos, TV shows, web videos are blasting their way across the Internet right this very second and being viewed by somebody somewhere in some location.
It’s a watchable entertainment overload!
Which is a great thing. More choices means more people can find videos that are specifically tailored to their individual taste and viewing habits.
The Internet has forced all transmittable moving image formats onto a level playing field. As consumers, we can now watch just about anything anywhere — granted, of course, that you’re either signed up with five different subscription services or are a devoted Internet pirate. But, that’s another story.
Chop is Haaga’s directing debut and, made in 2011, still his only directing credit. Also an actor, Haaga first worked with Keenan on the set of a pair of Troma films, Terror Firmer and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. They learned well under sensei Lloyd Kaufman with Chop being reasonably described as Troma-lite with a fun manic and absurdist tone with some fairly gory sequences.
CineMayhem Film Festival Announced: “Created as a way to pay homage to and celebrate the spirit of independent filmmaking and those unafraid to take risks with their storytelling, CineMayhem’s diverse line-up includes advanced screenings of two highly anticipated genre projects including Magnet Releasing’s visceral horror anthology The ABC’s Of Death and Breaking Glass Pictures’ mindbending drama K-11 directed by Jules Stewart (Crank: High Voltage, Mortal Kombat).
CineMayhem is also thrilled to announce that it will also be hosting the World Premieres of Roadside directed by Eric England (Madison County) and the latest short film from Ryan Spindell
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Rochon is the inaugural Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award winner, an accolade named for horror star Ingrid Pitt, who worked in over 30 films. She co-starred with Sir Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man (1973) and The House that Dripped Blood (1970). She also starred in Hammer's Countess Dracula and with horror legend Peter Cushing in Hammer's The Vampire Lovers. She passed away too soon in 2011. The Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award is presented in conjunction with The Estate of Ingrid Pitt, filmmaker/producer Kevin Sean Michaels and event coordinator Stacy Pippi Hammon.
Debbie Rochon is the perfect honoree for this award. Congrats, D-Ro!
From the Press Release
The very first Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award represents
And we’ve got a great Free double feature.
“You killed my daddy, you maniacal, media-manipulated, homicidal, hermaphrodite freak of nature!”
First, we’re offering Troma’s traditional brand of madness (sleaze, nudity, decapitations, naked starlets, booze, and exploding bodies), with Terror Firmer, the studio’s most twisted, yet acclaimed, movie. A mysterious woman rips off a man’s leg and beats him to death with it as his blood gushes onto the street – she then walks up to a pregnant sunbather and tears a baby from her womb with her bare hands. And this all happens in the first two minutes of Terror Firmer,
An out-of-work father goes to extreme measures to raise his baby daughter... with bizarre consequences.
The jaw-dropping 15-minute film co-directed by John Skipp and Andrew Kasch stars Matthew Currie Holmes (Wrong Turn 2), Alisha Seaton (The Fourth Kind), Trent Haaga (Terror Firmer), Richard Grove (Army of Darkness), Diane Goldner (Feast I-iii), and Kat Harris (Body of Proof). With both screenplay and soundtrack by Cody Goodfellow, the insane premise “starts with a guy with giant boobs, nursing his baby and crying a lot. Then it gets weird from there.”
Lensed by Buz “Danger” Wallick (Never Sleep Again: The Elm St. Legacy), FX legend Mark Shostrom (Evil Dead II) and his team bring the man-boobs, gore, and other surprises,
From the Press Release
In the grand tradition of holiday horrors (Halloween, April Fool's Day, Happy Birthday to Me) comes Bloody Christmas, a new film from Long Island filmmaker Michael Shershenovich, available via Planetworks and Mvd on October 23rd. The film offers a unique experience by shying away from a typical slasher and drifting into stylish cinematography, all while not taking the subject matter too seriously.
Paul Awful of Movies From Mars writes:
"One scene that stands out visually is a dream sequence (or should I say nightmare) which was shot on 16mm that gets the audience inside a demented and damaged Santa Clause mind.
It’s a name that is synonymous among B-Movie horror fans with movies that more often than not fall into the “so bad they’re good” category. Since their inception in 1974, Troma Entertainment’s surreal look at cinema has led them to distribute 97 movies with only a handful actually being made by 'The House That Toxie Built'. Tomorrow, Arrow Films are re-releasing 3 of Troma’s back catalogue: Combat Shock, Class of Nuke ‘Em High and Surf Nazis Must Die on DVD and Blu-ray. So I thought it was about time I would take a look back at what Troma is all about.
Founded in 1974 by filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment started out life with the low budget sex comedies Squeeze Play!, Waitress!, Stuck on You! (which Kaufman states is his favourite) and The First Turn On!
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