4 items from 2016
As is the case with many horror fanatics, the ’80s holds a special place in my heart. I’m a happy guy if you give me some practical effects, stilted yet somehow effective acting, and perhaps a dash of nudity. If you were to distill these things into a single person, I’m pretty sure you’d get Linnea Quigley, the poster girl for Reagan-era horror. While she’s quite well-known for supplying the genre with ample amounts of nudity, it would do her a disservice to say that’s all she brings to the table. This is a woman that radiates everything I love about ’80s horror. In The Return of the Living Dead, for example, her portrayal of Trash playfully poked fun at Goth punks without ever being mean-spirited about it. In Night of the Demons, she took her status as a sex symbol and twisted it to »
- Bryan Christopher
If you’ve never heard of Lloyd Kaufman, you’ve managed to avoid the work of one of the most prolific pioneers of independent film from the past four decades. Kaufman’s New York-based movie studio Troma Entertainment has produced and distributed more than 1,000 films, and in the process has helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s most successful talents.
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 »
- Graham Winfrey
Joe Fleishaker, an actor who weighed in at 500-pounds and became Troma Entertainment’s biggest action star, has died. He was 62. He passed away Monday at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Fleishaker made his name starring in the cult “Toxic Avenger” franchise, along with films including “Poultrygeist,” “Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.,” “Terror Firmer” and “Tromeo and Juliet.” Also Read: Alan Young, Star of 'Mister Ed,' Dies at 96 The cause of death has not yet been determined, but the Brooklyn native suffered from morbid obesity and congestive heart failure, and his family suspects it was a heart attack. »
- Debbie Emery
*Editor’s Note – Up and coming horror journalist Amanda Rebholz spoke with Indie horror director Mike Lombardo and we’re excited as hell to share it with you fright fanatics! We’re definitely looking forward to hearing more from both Amanda and Mike Lombardo! – Jerry
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, »
- Jerry Smith
4 items from 2016