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Terror Firmer (1999)

A homicidal maniac is on the loose in the city and the low-budget film crew of a Troma movie has the power to stop them.


Lloyd Kaufman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Keenan ... Casey Kaufman
Alyce LaTourelle Alyce LaTourelle ... Jennifer
Lloyd Kaufman ... Larry Benjamin
Trent Haaga ... Jerry
Sheri Wenden Sheri Wenden ... Mysterious Woman / Waitress
Debbie Rochon ... Christine
Yaniv Sharon Yaniv Sharon ... Naked P.A.
Charlotte Kaufman Charlotte Kaufman ... Audrey Benjamin
Gary Hrbek Gary Hrbek ... Toddster
Joe Fleishaker ... Jacob Gelman
Ron Jeremy ... Casey's Dad
Greg 'G-Spot' Siebel ... Ward
Mario Díaz Mario Díaz ... DJ
Mo Fischer ... Andy
Lyle Derek Lyle Derek ... Asshole P.A.


This is the story of a low budget film crew, led by their blind film director, Larry Benjamin (Lloyd Kaufman/co-founder of Troma Inc.), trying to make some art. In addition to the typical trials and travails of a Troma set, the crew finds themselves set upon by a sexually conflicted, bomb bearing serial killer. Production assistant Jennifer (enchanting Alyce LaTourelle) struggles to succeed on set and to decide between the two men in her life - straitlaced Casey (Will Keenan) and over the edge Jerry (Trent Haaga). This threesome heats up as the killer draws even nearer. As the insanity increases and the bodies amass, the crew bands together (both physically and sexually) against the threat in their midst. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Let's Make Some Art!


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude sexuality, language, violence and gore | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

20 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Terror de Equipe See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,434, 31 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,434, 31 October 1999
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Technical Specs


(unrated) | (R-rated) | (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Troma movie to be edited digitally on Avid. See more »


The amount of "fake" blood spewing out of the fake head in preparation of the brain explosion scene. See more »


Casey: Sam Fuller, the American no-talent embraced by those French derelicts.
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Crazy Credits

[Some of the cast of characters are listed with their causes of death, interspersed with Tromovie Fun Facts and other stuff.] Casey (death by fire and boom pole through nether regions) Larry Benjamin (death by explosion) Mysterious Woman (see Casey above) Naked P.A. (death by vehicular head crushing) Toddster (death by bong hit) Jacob Gelman (death by being eaten by escalator) TROMOVIE FUN FACT: Perhaps inspired by his hero ROBERT DENIRO, TROMA Superstar and escalator victim JOE FLEISHAKER bulked up from 398 to 402 pounds for the role of Jacob Gelman, a character described in the script as "FAT". Asshole P.A. (death by legs cut off by trucks) Edgar Allan (death by stretched penis) Popo (death by crucifixion): HIMSELF French Cool Cats (death by vomit asphyxiation and car crash) Stephen (death from head fried by lamp) Jennifer's Mom (death by disgusting flesh-eating bacteria; not shown) Guy Beaten By Leg (death from broken heart) Old Man Phil (death by fecal accident) Toxie's Father (death by blowing brains out) Pregnant Woman (de-fetustration) TROMOVIE FUN FACT: TERROR FIRMER is the first film in history to be edited by a non-seeing, no-limbed, drug addicted, gyno-African American specially abled individual This groundbreaking step in political correctness is of particular pride to the producers of TERROR FIRMER. Larry's Wife (trampled under foot) Cereal Killer's Victim (death by cornflakes) Squib Death Victim (death by bullet in head) Actor Hanging Off Building (death by severed fingers; resulting in 12 story fall) Toxic Crusader Songstress (killed by crew; not shown) Bitch: Barbra Streisand Other Festival Heads We Would Have Liked to Have in the Movie But Were Unable To GILLES JACOB, Cannes GEOFFREY GILMORE, Sundance MITCH DAVIS, Fantasia KARIM HUSSAIN, Fantasia PIERRE CORBEIL, Fantasia DAN MIRVISH, Slamdance FREDDY BOZZO, Brussels MARIO DORMINSKY, Portugal YOICHI KOMATSUSAWA, Tokyo TROMOVIE FUN FACT: The shocked onlookers listed above were actually more amused than shocked at witnessing a buck naked man running through the streets of New York. Hollywood Reporter: Better Than Variety 12 Year Old *Retarded..um.. Handicapped..er Stupid* Very Special Boy [everything between asterisks is crossed out in the credits] Frat Girl Who Smells Armpit (worse than death) THE CREDIT GUY here again. You may remember me from the end credits of Tromeo & Juliet. Since that film, I have been working on my craft, honing my skills, perfecting the fine art that is "credit-creating". To many of you insensitive cretins, the changes will be imperceptible. These little things will be evident to those few who truly appreciate the credit craft. By the way, I am naked right now. Am I making you hot? Call me at 1(800) 83 TROMA Actors...er, Individuals Who Portray Members of the Crew [Lists some extras] CREDIT GUY here again. Man, that was a long list. A long list like that takes stamina, intelligence and a winner's drive for anal minutia. If you are a large breasted (hopefully hardbodied) female who appreciates these qualities in an eggheaded, spindly limbed, prematurely balding man, please call me -- 1(800) 83 TROMA. Larry's *Blind...er... Vision Impaired...uh... Sight Challenged* Very Good Hearing-Having Cousin [again, everything between the asterisks has been crossed out] People We Cut Out Of the Film/Saved For The DVD [lists people] [The next things are stuff in the crew credits.] TROMOVIE FUN FACT: A Gaffer is a trained assassin who kills members of the cast if they step out of line. On TERROR FIRMER, George Gatter personally "gaffed" several unruly actors. Key Largo: Overrated Movie Best Bread: Bread & Cie, Charles Kaufman, prop Best Breast: Carla Burden Clapper Boy: Antares Bassis Boy With Clap: Lloyd Kaufman, 1969 Gripping: Last 10 minutes of SGT. KABUKIMAN, NYPD Telephone Operator: Any asshole with an IQ above 60 Lloyd Kaufman's Unit: Only 3 inches long Stock Market Boom: 1993-99 Big Boom: Ted Kazinsky Shit Supervisor: Howard P. Doody CREDIT GUY here again. It is a little known secret that many of the names in the credits are made up. It really only takes about 5 or 6 people to make a movie. One of them is me. Hell, half these names I made up myself. I mean, come on -- Antonio Canobbio? You think that's a real name. You're so stupid. I hate you. But I still want to love you. Call me at 1(800) 83-TROMA. TROMOVIE FUN FACT: Some of the production team of TERROR FIRMER was so fucked up that they were unable to find their own asses in a darkened room. They had significant trouble when the lights were on, as well. Kiss and Makeup: Juan A. Gedlaid KISS makeup: kicks ass! Fart Cutters: Crew after lunch Negative Attitude: Gets You Nowhere Additional Mixers: Tonic Water; Ginger Ale Graphic Sex: Clinton WHite House Phlegm: More Fun Than Silly Putty PUBLIC NOTICE: THE CREDIT GUY has been fired for disclosing trade secrets and proprietary information. Disregard his previous message as the lunatic rantings of an undersexed megalomaniac. I have taken his position as Credit Guy, but I am gay. While I have not yet achieved the Flaubertian or Balzac-inspired heights that Credit Guy #1 regularly achieved, I need a little lovin' too. If you want to "lock picture" with me, I'll gladly "render your end titles". Oh, yeah -- I can "fill your sprocket holes" 24 times a second. Call me 1(800) 83 TROMA. Still Angry: Lloyd Kaufman High Fall: Fat Bruce Willis High: Crew after hours Hi: Translation of "Yo! Yo! Yo!" TROMOVIE FUN FACT: The most dangerous stunt in TERROR FIRMER was trying to get away with using footage of the same car flip for the third time in a movie without our fans dismembering us. It's THE NEW CREDIT GUY again. Why haven't you called? I want you to be my "best boy". I've got a "key grip" I think you'll enjoy. I'm gonna "touch your ass". Call me. Extramarital Affairs: Bill Clinton Beverages: Mad Dog Beer This is THE NEW CREDIT GUY again. No one's called -- I'm sure you've all left the theater. I hope you're all happy -- I'm lonely, dejected, considering sleeping with a woman. Call me and cheer me up 1(800) 83 TROMA. Or send me naked pictures of yourself via the web -- creditguy@troma.com See more »


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Disgusting, Sick, Perverse but Oh so Funny!
5 July 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

It's hard to describe "Terror Firmer". Think "Living in Oblivian" with Lucio Fulci style violence, filmed by the "Vienna Aktionists" on the set of "Sweet Movie" directed by Groucho Marx and John Waters. Those unfamiliar with the 60's shock artists the Vienna Aktionists; will be surprised at their similarities to troma. The Vienna Aktionists were a group of anarchist stage performers from the 60's, who would put on live surreal sex shows. They would take food, urine, feces, vomit and semen and create shocking works of art. When I think of Troma, I'm reminded of the Vienna Aktionists. Troma's films are so sick and gross, that they teeter on artistic brilliance. O.K, so "Terror Firmer" defies description. Troma is a company dedicated to gore hound freaks and fans of guilty pleasure b-movies. I am one of those fans. Terror Firmer can definitely be considered a surrealist film. It lacks a traditional narrative, it has grotesque imagery and mocks many institutional standards. It's also one giant middle finger to Hollywood. The plot concerns a psychotic, hermaphrodite serial killer; who is killing people off in the most morbid ways imaginable, on the set of a troma movie. Lloyd Kaufman plays Larry Benjamin, a blind movie director who continues filming even though his cast keeps getting murdered. He wants to get his bizarre artistic vision out there. It seems like "Terror Firmer" tries to outdo "Pink Flamingos", "Cannibal Holocaust" and "Salo" in shock. The first five minutes of the film contain a leg decapitation, an abortion, death by corn flakes and a suicidal shot in the head. This film is almost guaranteed to even make the most jaded viewer cringe. Your either laughing or disgusted with shock. There is ridiculous amounts of sex, full frontal nudity and of course "big breasts". Almost every imaginable bodily function or fluid is present, including crap eating. Also the films obsession with pickles is quite disturbing. After viewing this film, you'll never think of pickles the same way again (guarenteed). As repulsive as the subject matter is, the film is pretty damn funny. Just be prepared to squirm too. I appreciate Troma, because after watching "Terror Firmer"; I searched for other bizarre films. I also became interested in surrealism. So if it wasn't for Lloyd Kaufman, I may of never appreciated Bunuel, Godard, Greenaway, David Lynch, Fellini, Jodorowsky, John Waters, Salvador Dali, Jan Svankmajer, Tekeshi Miike, Dusan Makavejev or David Cronenburg. I love Troma, even if their films are sometimes a bit much. They opened up my mind and imagination to new ideas. I know one thing Otto Muehl and Dali would be proud. Now let's go make some art!

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