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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Casey Kaufman
Alyce LaTourelle ... Jennifer
... Larry Benjamin
... Jerry
Sheri Wenden ... Mysterious Woman / Waitress
... Christine
Yaniv Sharon ... Naked P.A.
Charlotte Kaufman ... Audrey Benjamin
Gary Hrbek ... Toddster
... Jacob Gelman
... Casey's Dad
... Ward
Mario Díaz ... DJ
... Andy
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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Let's Make Some Art!

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Terror de Equipe  »

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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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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

During the scene with the Mysterious Woman is given a pickup by a couple strangers, it's obvious that the car (during the driving sequence) is obviously not moving; seeing as there is no scenery moving around in the driver's window. See more »

Quotes

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

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Spoofs Dressed to Kill (1980) See more »

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Stranger Than Fishin
Performed by NOFX (as NoFX)
Courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords and Unagi Music
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self-important, overdone parade of poor taste
7 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

What can really be said about a movie that deliberately and gleefully intends to push the barriers of taste right out the window? Therein lies the failure of "Terror Firmer," an over-the-top parody of the making of a low-budget movie crossed with a slasher flick. In its own hyperactive, slovenly way, it tries too hard, and simply doesn't have enough "meat" to merit its near-two-hour run time. The film is stained with gore, viscera, vomit, and is heinously overacted and overwritten, and a majority of the time confuses shock value (no matter how inane or black-humored) with comedy. A female slasher is on the loose, killing off the cast and crew of a low-budget independent film (director Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma, never skips an opportunity to inform us of the virtues of independent cinema)–who is doing it, and more importantly, who cares? That being said, "Terror Firmer" does have an eerie charm that (for a while, at least) bangs on the 'ol funny bone with some consistency, though a little of this stuff goes a long way, and eventually you'll just want the movie to end.


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