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Interview: Lloyd Kaufman on 18 Years of TromaDance, the State of Indie Filmmaking and Return To Return To Nuke ’Em High

After five decades of being one of the biggest crusaders, innovators, and purveyors of independent genre filmmaking, the legendary Lloyd Kaufman shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Daily Dead recently had the pleasure of speaking with “Uncle Lloyd” about TromaDance 18, which kicks off this weekend in Manhattan, and he also discussed Return to Return to Nuke ’Em High, which is officially set to premiere later this year, and how the new Troma Now streaming service is giving fans access to an amazing array of indie horror films. Suffice to say, when it comes to fighting the good fight for indie cinema, Kaufman is still happy to be in the frontlines alongside Michael Herz and his Troma family more than 40 years now.

Congrats on another year of TromaDance. Can you talk about what the mission was when you guys first started this festival nearly two decades ago, and
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Hearty Helpings of Horror: Christopher Lombardo Digs into the Food Featured in Scary Films

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Epicureanism has come to be associated with mindless indulgence in food and sex, even if those ancient Athenians called for more restraint than you’d typically see in your average horror movie.

Countless horror films, of course, have echoed cultural anxieties surrounding sex, but that other physiological need, food, is also a common ingredient. Poor impulse control is at the heart of every slasher film—usually the perp acting on his, but also the risk-taking behaviors of his victims. And it’s not much of a stretch to consider that there’s a genetic component to this, whether manifested in psychopathy or an inability to keep the fridge door shut.

According to a Bloomberg report, 2015 was the first year Americans spent more on dining out than on groceries, as at-home food prep shows proliferate and the real-life horror that is the obesity epidemic shaves years off our lives. Luckily, amidst
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Class Of Nuke ’Em High: 30 Years of “Readin’, Writin’ & Radiation”

1986 was a hugely important year in genre cinema—part of the five-year stretch between 1982 and 1987 that arguably makes up the best run of genre movies in history. Major studios and major filmmakers like Fox, James Cameron, David Cronenberg, and John Carpenter were turning out genre classics. New voices like Fred Dekker and John McTiernan were introducing themselves to audiences. Franchises like Friday the 13th, Star Trek, and Psycho were still going strong on the big screen. And in the middle of all this, America’s longest-running independent studio, Troma, cemented their very specific and wholly original cinematic voice with Class of Nuke ’Em High.

Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman had already been producing and directing films for over a decade—first art films and then a series of outrageous sex comedies like Waitress! and Stuck on You!—but it wasn’t until 1984’s The Toxic Avenger that Kaufman more or less established Troma’s house style.
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Lloyd Kaufman Ama: President of Troma Pitches Kim Kardashian/Kim Jung Un Reality TV Show

Lloyd Kaufman Ama: President of Troma Pitches Kim Kardashian/Kim Jung Un Reality TV Show
Lloyd Kaufman has been a major innovator in the indie film industry since the ’70s, and now his company, Troma Entertainment, is entering the world of online streaming with their new service Troma Now.

The notoriously irreverent filmmaker took to Reddit yesterday to discuss his biggest Hollywood fans, his most famous films and even the state of current reality television (and how he would improve upon it.) Check out some of Kaufman’s most entertaining answers below.

What do you think of the current state of “midnight movies”? Would you like to see them make a comeback?

I think they are making a comeback. Not so much at theaters but at places like Tromadance/other festivals, college film societies, and lots of bars. I specialize in showing movies at bars because I am an alcoholic.

Could you create a Troma today, with Netflix/YouTube etc? Would it be easier?

That is a great question, no. Today is harder, Netflix does nothing today to support independent cinema. The marketplace is controlled by a very small number of media conglomerates. The good news is that you do not need a lot of money to create something amazing, check out Troma’s “Father’s Day,” which was made with under a 25k budget. This is due to young filmmakers having a solid grasp of this new digital age, which I myself need to work on still. The “Return To Nuke’Em High” budget is 400k per volume, for example.

Will Troma Now get an Android TV/Apple TV apps in the future? What do you think about the dwindling relevance of physical media?

Go ahead and watch “VHS Massacre” on Troma Now (working on the apps!). I am a believer in new technology in the same way I would not use a buggy whip to get around town, I would use a car. I believe digital looks better than 35mm which is why I shot the volumes of “Return To Nuke’Em High” digitally, not in film.

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I want to say how sorry I was to hear about Joe Fleishaker’s death. Did he have a role in “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2”? Looking forward to checking out Troma Now!

Spoiler Alert: You will see Joe Fleishaker and the late Lemmy Killmister in “Return To Nuke’Em High, Volume 2.” We will be dedicating Vol. 2 to the memory of these two wonderful Troma friends.

What are a few of your favorite scenes or elements in Troma films?

Penises! Farts! Explosive Diarrhea! Lesbians! Fighting against the conspiracy of elites! And of course, certain Hideously Deformed Creatures of Super Human Size & Strength!

Hey Lloyd, big fan! I’ve seen quite a few of your movies but “Poultrygeist” may be my absolute favourite – do you have any memorable experiences from working on that one?

The entire experience was a nightmare of the most horrible kind. If you’d like to see it, go to Troma Movies on YouTube and watch the feature length behind the scenes documentary “Poultry in Motion: The Truth is Stranger than Chicken”. You will see fist fights, people getting on bended knee asking for hands in marriage, as well as Uncle Lloyd being an asshole!

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Hi Lloyd! What have been some directors or specific movies that inspired how you make your own?

Chaplin, Keaton, Stan Brakhage, Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Samuel Fuller, Roger Corman, comic books by Stan Lee (who is a good friend and with whom I wrote a screenplay in the early 70s). Today I am inspired by directors who were inspired by me: Trey Parker, Quentin Tarantino (who inspired me to make “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” a two-part event film), and Takashe Miike. Most recently, John Brennan’s “Kabukiman’s Cocktail Corner” changed my whole worldview.

What do you think of reality TV? Its more or less today’s cheap, popular exploitation media?

I believe that reality TV could be terrific, but unfortunately it aims at the lowest common denominator. They all seem to be scripted and want to appeal to Kim Kardashian. We are developing a reality show starring Kim Kardashian and Kim Jong Un. It’s called “I Love Myself, I Love My Ass.”

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Joe Fleishaker, 500-Pound ‘Toxic Avenger’ Actor, Dies at 62

Joe Fleishaker, 500-Pound ‘Toxic Avenger’ Actor, Dies at 62
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.
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10 Grindsploitation Films You Need To See

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Credited to 38 writers and directors, 2016’s Grindsploitation is the ultimate homage to exploitation cinema, a two-and-a-half hour anthology consisting entirely of fake grindhouse trailers. Among the directors are Lloyd Kaufman (Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead), Donald Farmer (An Erotic Vampire In Paris) and porn star Tommy Pistol, which gives you an idea of the content.

The movie is released in the UK in October, and in order to whet your appetite for it is Grinsploitation 2: The Lost Reels (“the sequel that nobody asked for and nobody wanted”), the fake sequel to the fake anthology. It’s clearly meant to be a joke because Body Bag Films are releasing the picture on April Fools’ Day.

Promising a mix of shorts, banned scenes and trailers, all filmed in a faux grindhouse style (expect lots of fake scratches and static bars), The Lost Reels throws in all the ingredients you’d expect – martial arts,
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'Attack of the Killer Donuts' Trailer: It's Their Turn to Eat Us

'Attack of the Killer Donuts' Trailer: It's Their Turn to Eat Us
If you're feeling nostalgic for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, then we have a movie for you. Though, Attack of the Killer Donuts might be even dumber than that 1978 cult comedy. We have your first look at this goofy horror thriller, which stars Fredrick Burns, Christine Nguyen, Lauren Elise and Michael Swan. Warning: This might be too much for some of you heavy snackers to take sitting down! In fact, it might just turn you to jelly.

"We've eaten them for years, now it's their turn!" Screams the tagline. And that's apparently what these pastries are out to do. In Attack of the Killer Donuts, a chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into blood thirsty killers. Now it's up to Johnny, Michelle and Howard to save their sleepy town from...Killer Donuts. Yup!

Scott Wheeler directs Attack of the Killer Donuts. He's an acclaimed VFX artist who got his start way
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12 Most Overlooked Horror Films Since 2000

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As paradoxes go, this one’s up there with Schrodinger’s Cat: while it’s easier than ever to find movies to watch, it’s never been more difficult for a film to find its audience. Most films are sneaked out rather than released, and if you’re not a blockbuster, nobody appears to be paying much attention.

When Troma attempted to self-distribute their movie Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead, they lost money on the theatrical release and the DVD. Not because it’s a duff movie – it’s one of Troma’s best – but because they didn’t have sufficient resources to reach viewers. Instead, the movie just lay there, unseen and unsung.

There are lots of these types of films out there, particularly in the horror genre, where dozens of new titles seem to appear each week. Cheaply made and independently distributed, they play a
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10 Random Horror Movie Questions with Bj Colangelo

No two horror fans are alike, and our differing tastes is a large part of why horror remains such a successful genre. Fear is universal, but what exactly inspires that fear varies from person to person. Over on Halloween Love, journalist John Squires tagged me in a “10 Random Horror Questions” survey that’s been circulating on YouTube. Getting to know a writer can help you determine who’s opinion you most align with when looking for film recommendations. I challenge the rest of the Icons crew to do the same.

1. What was the first horror movie you remember watching?

My mother has always loved horror movies. My dad was the type of person that loved to scare other people, but hated being scared. This meant that my mom would often watch horror alone, until they had me. Thinking that I would just be too young to remember, my mom would
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Exclusive Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 Interview with Lloyd Kaufman

This week, Anchor Bay Films is unleashing Lloyd Kaufman’s Tromasterpiece, Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, to Blu-ray and DVD. To mark the occasion, Daily Dead recently chatted with Uncle Lloydie about his latest directorial effort, his approach to controversial material, and what kind of madness Troma fans can expect from Volume 2:

Thanks so much for taking time to speak with me today, Lloyd. Being a big Troma fan, I thought Return to Nuke ‘Em High (Volume 1) might be my favorite sequel to come out of Tromaville. With it being a few years since you were in the director’s chair, why did you decide to return with the Nuke ‘Em High franchise?

Lloyd Kaufman: Oh, thank you! You know, it takes me a long time to develop a script that I think the fans will like so it can be years on a project until we
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Read Along With This Exclusive Doc of the Dead Clip

The definitive living dead documentary which You helped to make happen, Doc of the Dead (review), is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, and we've got another exclusive clip for you along with details on when You will be able to see the film! Read on!

From the Press Release

Premium entertainment network Epix announces that Doc of the Dead will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 10 and on Epix on Saturday, March 15, at 8Pm Et.

The feature-length Epix Original Documentary, directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, examines the rise and evolution of zombies in film, television, and literature and the impact on pop culture. Many of the genre’s most influential figures are featured in the film, including the “Godfather of the zombie genre” George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead), actors Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), producer Greg Nicotero ("The Walking Dead
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Doc of the Dead - Exclusive Clip and Premiere Date!

The definitive living dead documentary which You helped to make happen is getting ready to make its premiere at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, and we've got an exclusive clip for you along with details on when You will be able to see the film! Read on!

From the Press Release

Premium entertainment network Epix announced today that Doc of the Dead will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 10 and on Epix on Saturday, March 15, at 8Pm Et.

The feature-length Epix Original Documentary, directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, examines the rise and evolution of zombies in film, television, and literature and the impact on pop culture. Many of the genre’s most influential figures are featured in the film, including the “Godfather of the zombie genre” George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead), actors Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), producer Greg Nicotero
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Troma-Fest 2014 Officially Announced

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It has been announced that the 2nd Annual Troma-Fest will take place next month. The 3-night event will include screenings of Tromeo and Juliet, Poultrygeist, and Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1:

“Portsmouth, Nh - Seacoast Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that it will launch its 2nd Annual Troma-Fest in February 2014. After the smashing success of last year’s festival, celebrating the world’s oldest independent film company, The Rep has big plans for Troma-Fest 2014 including the Nh premier of Troma’s latest masterpiece, Return To Nuke ‘Em High. Also featured the night of the premier, international man of independent cinema, and president of Troma Entertainment Lloyd Kaufman makes his triumphant return to the Seacoast for an on stage Q&A with the cast of the film. The 3 nights of events are spread out over three weeks, each night offering a different slime covered film from Troma’s canon.
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Exclusive Interview With Lloyd Kaufman On Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1

When Lloyd Kaufman invites you to Troma Studios to conduct an interview, you go to Troma Studios to conduct an interview. What I expected was more of the same – walking in, waiting patiently, rocking through a short one on one session, and going about my merry way. Another day, another dollar.

What I got was more than I ever could have asked for from the fabled company, as I was first greeted with a complimentary tour around the building, showing off props and old film reels from some of Troma’s very first productions – a bit of Z-movie history if you will. Then, as I was waiting, Lloyd was kind enough to let me watch how the magic happens, granting me access to the editing room while Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 2 was being worked on. Finally, my interview with Lloyd ran a rich 40 minutes, mano y legendary filmmaker,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger No Longer Attached To The Toxic Avenger Remake? Troma Producing Their Own Toxic Avenger Sequel? More Troma Remakes?

Greetings from Tromaville everyone! Yes, I was permitted to walk the halls of Troma Studios today for an exclusive interview with legendary low-budget filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman (which will be posted in full tomorrow), but I’ve got a hefty report for you all in the meantime. There’s some good news, some bad news, and of course – some strange news.

Let’s start off with the biggest bombshell for those of us gearing up to see Steve Pink’s remake of The Toxic Avenger, which was supposed to have Austrian muscle-head Arnold Schwarzenegger attached as a major character. Here’s the key phrase – supposed to. While IMDb still might have Arnie listed as the only cast member announced as of yet, it looks like the newly rejuvenated action star is no longer attached. While talking to Lloyd, he mentioned the following snippet:

Wgtc: I love that Arnold Schwarzenegger has committed
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Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 Review [Nychff 2013]

Man, Tromaville High School just can’t catch any breaks it seems. Cretins, subhumanoids, monsters – the classes of “Nuke ‘Em High” have seen their share of death and destruction, but it’s been about twenty years since we last heard from them. Seems like the perfect time for writer/director Lloyd Kaufman to go all radioactive again to torture a fresh class of Tromaville’s best and brightest if you ask me – and Troma! Yes, we all know the antics that come along with a Troma feature, and Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 may be one of the most Troma-y movies Troma has ever made. The Class Of Nuke ‘Em High was built on a sturdy foundation of social satire, raw sexuality, goo-oozing gore, and slapstick, spoof-ish comedy, and Lloyd Kaufman’s latest return doesn’t abandon a single ideal. Nudity, hyper-aggressive violence, evil glee clubs, duck rape, radioactive tacos,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a teaser trailer for The House of Forbidden Secrets, UK distribution details for Banshee Chapter, information on a line of handcrafted zombie dolls, a trailer for In Fear, first details on Dead Bounty, and much more:

The House of Forbidden Secrets Teaser: “The House of Forbidden Secrets had it’s national premiere in Las Vegas, Nv at the PollyGrind Film Festival on October 11th, 2013, where it won 6 awards, and has also been chosen for the South African Horror Festival this Spring, the Italian Fantafest in 2014, the British Raindance Film Fest for 2014 as well as the X-Fest with many more festivals to follow. It was shot last Winter and Spring in Kansas City. The film stars many local actors and actresses to Kansas City, but also includes genre icons such as Lew Temple (Walking Dead,
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Slingin’ In The Pain: Horror Movies And Musical Theatre

There’s a popular image that has been circulating the interwebs for quite some time of a Venn-Diagram showing People who like horror movies, people who like musicals, and serial killers. Apparently, if you like horror movies And musicals, you’re a serial killer. Well boys, I guess that makes me Aileen Wuornos. Often mistaken as a genre only those that fancy flamboyant men in tights and anything Andrew Lloyd Webber can enjoy, musicals are actually one of the earliest forms of cinema. Among the first 25 films to be entered in the Library of Congress, both Singin’ In The Rain and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs made the cut, and they’re both musicals. For most cinema lovers, musicals hold a special place in our heart. I can guarantee that everyone reading this list can sing at least one line from “Summer Lovin’ ” from Grease or could easily tell
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'Toxic Avenger' Remake: Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Take on Troma?

What's weirder, that the former Governor of California might appear in "The Toxic Avenger," or that there's a 21st Century remake of the freaky underground favorite in the works? The original "Toxic Avenger" was a low-budget, gross-out comedy about a nerd who mutates into a gnarly superhero and takes on the bad guys of Tromaville, NJ. Although it's not clear which part Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to play, this is indubitably an odd move for the former Terminator. Heck, it's an odd move to reboot this for today's audience, even with an updated story: to wit, "an average teen joins an environmental club to impress his crush. While doing some investigating at a waste plant, he is thrown into a tub of waste and transforms into a radioactive hero." Writer and director Lloyd Kaufman and his studio, Troma Entertainment, have been an endless font of modern B-movie madness since the '70s.
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Indie Spotlight

The new edition of the Indie Spotlight contains the latest independent horror news sent our way. In this week’s feature, we have the first information on this year’s CineMayhem Film Festival, details on Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. I & II, the first photos from Warhouse, and much more:

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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