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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.

Director:

Lloyd Kaufman

Writers:

Patrick Cassidy (screenplay by), Douglas Buck (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

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.
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Let's Make Some Art!

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Terror de Equipe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The end credits states, "A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: The New York City Police Department, for their unstinting cooperation and invaluable help throughout every part of this production" In The Making of Terror Firmer, it shows the police clashing with the production on several instances (one of which involved the police revoking the crew's filming permit). See more »

Goofs

The Ford Thunderbird changes into a Ford LTD II in one shot. See more »

Quotes

Larry Benjamin: Hey, Andy are you there? Are we all ready to shoot the next scene?
Andy: Actually no, we're going to have to stop production. The sound guy just quit.
Larry Benjamin: Aw man, not the Toddster! He had good potential. Ah, what the heck, let's shoot the scene anyway. We don't need sound.
Andy: Larry, the next scene is Sergeant Kabukiman delivering the Gettysburg Address.
Larry Benjamin: Oh... well I guess we can just scratch that. Hey, let's go to that wild party scene. I can see it now... we do a nice slow disolve to the fraternity scene. ...
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Crazy Credits

Lloyd Kaufman included Eli Roth's name in the credits as a joke, specifically because Eli turned down an offer to be in the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The unrated director's cut runs 114 min. The heavily edited R-rated version runs 98 min. See more »

Connections

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In the Room
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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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