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- Blood Junkie
- Blood Sucking Freaks
- Cannibal! The Musical
- My Neighbor Totoro (English dub)
- The Class of Nuke 'Em High trilogy (1, 2, 3)


.....Waitaminnit! One of those doesn't seem to belong there!
posted by wenestvedt at 8:32 AM on August 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


Dude. DUDE. This is AWESOME.

Space Zombie Bingo!
Rockabilly Vampire!
Killer Condom!

Thank you!
posted by zarq at 8:33 AM on August 31, 2012


Oh, swell. In jr high school, Troma was my major introduction to the world of grade Z horror films - an obsession that I carried with me for many years (and one I've found myself revisiting as of late thanks to the insane selection of insane movies that've popped up on Netflix and in particular Amazon Prime streaming).
posted by item at 8:36 AM on August 31, 2012


As a hardcore MSTie, this could be just the push I need to finally watch Jim Mallon's Blood Hook.

But probably not.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:39 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


That Obsession: Letters To David Lynch documentary looks fascinating/terrifying.
posted by griphus at 8:47 AM on August 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


SWEET FUCKING ZOMBIE KILLING TRANSVESTITE JESUS!
posted by Mezentian at 8:48 AM on August 31, 2012 [7 favorites]


- My Neighbor Totoro (English dub)
.....Waitaminnit! One of those doesn't seem to belong there!


Actually, the first US release (1993) for Totoro was through Troma's 50th St. Films division, although I wonder how long their dub will last on Youtube, since Troma lost the rights to the film to Disney back in 2006.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:48 AM on August 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


SWEET FUCKING ZOMBIE KILLING TRANSVESTITE JESUS!

I don't see that one on the list.
posted by jquinby at 8:50 AM on August 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


Yeah the Totoro thing has always blown my mind just a little, I wonder if the fact that there are different english dubs between the releases will allow the Troma version to stay up.
posted by edgeways at 8:55 AM on August 31, 2012


At last I can create the all night Tromathon I went to at a film festival once ('You've been Tromotised')... or perhaps it's better to just let live in my memories...
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:55 AM on August 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


My favorite local band in 1999 Flipp (sadly now defunct) was the party band in Terror Firmer, so when Terror Firmer opened at the Heights Theatre, Flipp played a two or three song set beforehand.

Me, the sheltered, recently graduated 18 year old who didn't know better, went to see them play and then watched the movie.

It was the first Troma movie I had ever seen. Within the first five minutes, a lady rips someone's limb off and beats him to death with it. And then rips a baby out of a pregnant lady's stomach. Seriously, the first five minutes.

Needless to say, I was pretty much in shock for the whole movie. Even Ron Jeremy has a pivotal role. I had never seen anything like it.

I got to meet Lloyd Kaufman after the show and he autographed the custom Flipp/Terror Firmer popcorn box the attendees received. I should dig that out and frame it one day...
posted by jillithd at 8:59 AM on August 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thats 'cause Troma keep rejecting my script.

I'm raising funds on Kickstarter, yo.
As soon as I get in someone to help me add some sensitivity to the transvestite angle.

I have vague plans for a sequel: SWEET FUCKING ZOMBIE KILLING TRANSVESTITE JESUS Vs The Good, The Bad And The Subhumanoid: The Tromeo and Juliet Imperative.
posted by Mezentian at 9:02 AM on August 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


Huh, Lloyd Kaufman was the Production Manager for My Dinner with Andre?
posted by octothorpe at 9:07 AM on August 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Huh, Lloyd Kaufman was the Production Manager for My Dinner with Andre?

If that is true, I will be so disappointed if there is not a reference to it in the relevant Community episode.
posted by Mezentian at 9:08 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, let's build a snowman!

Or not....

(sorry, I really couldn't help myself)
posted by nickthetourist at 9:16 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


A bit part in one of the Toxic Avenger movies got an actor friend of mind his SAG card. Not that it lead to other roles, but at least for a while it gave him some credibility.
posted by BWA at 9:17 AM on August 31, 2012


as near as I can tell from what's listed, Totoro is already gone - probably a mistaken upload in the first place.
posted by jkosmicki at 9:20 AM on August 31, 2012


... but no Father's Day. If you only see one Troma film, make it Father's Day.
posted by philip-random at 9:21 AM on August 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


No mo' Totoro.
posted by dhartung at 9:22 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, man, it'll be just like my teenage years. Wish I could still do the caffeine overload required to support a full Troma weekend.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 9:29 AM on August 31, 2012


Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator, with a title like that, how did that *not* become a cult classic?
posted by Ardiril at 9:36 AM on August 31, 2012


What does Troma have in common with My Neighbor Totoro? That's a Studio Ghibli kid's film. It's the anti-Troma. If it touched a Troma movie both would explode.
posted by Blue Meanie at 9:50 AM on August 31, 2012


I'm a nymphoid barbarian in choice paralysis hell!
posted by cog_nate at 9:52 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


('Cause it's... difficult to pick which one... to watch first, y'see... eeeeehhhhhh.)
posted by cog_nate at 9:57 AM on August 31, 2012


You know, I was just writing about how studios and labels that were popular back in my misspent youth like Troma, that made so much of their name by being super popular outside the mainstream in a specific niche way, would work in a world where cult can sometimes be confused with the culture because of the way online communities work. I guess their answer is -- 'fuck it, let's put it online.'

Which is awesome.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:59 AM on August 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I hope Full Moon Features does this someday. I require a Trancers marathon!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 10:11 AM on August 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Does YouTube allow nipples now or are these movies tamer than the Troma movies I've seen?
posted by Blue Meanie at 10:13 AM on August 31, 2012


YouTube can age-restrict videos for risque content. Some of the most commonly age-restricted content includes:
  • Sexually suggestive content
  • Partial nudity or non-sexual nudity
  • Actual violence or very graphic fictional violence
  • Gory, disturbing imagery in an appropriate context
If Totoro disappears from Troma's YouTube channel, it's still available on MySpace (modified from its original version, formatted for your TV). See also: Troma's MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO presskit (from before May 1993)
posted by filthy light thief at 10:22 AM on August 31, 2012


What, no Vegas in Space?
posted by Mngo at 10:31 AM on August 31, 2012


Sexually suggestive content
Partial nudity or non-sexual nudity
Actual violence or very graphic fictional violence
Gory, disturbing imagery in an appropriate context


That sounds like Troma!
posted by Pockets at 10:32 AM on August 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Two other films seem to break the mold: Leo McCarey's The Milky Way, which was Harold Lloyd's best talkie, and William Wellman's Lady of Burlesque, with Barbara Stanwyck as a wise-cracking, mystery-solving stripper, from Gypsy Rose Lee's novel, The G-String Murders.
posted by ubiquity at 10:32 AM on August 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


What does Troma have in common with My Neighbor Totoro?

Someone probably misread the title as My Neighbor Torturo.
posted by ubiquity at 10:35 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


What does Troma have in common with My Neighbor Totoro? That's a Studio Ghibli kid's film. It's the anti-Troma. If it touched a Troma movie both would explode.

Bear in mind that prior to the mid-to-late 1990s, anime was still a fringe item in American film and video circles. The perception of the form as "badly-dubbed violent porn cartoons" was still in full force, so even an inoffensive film like Totoro wouldn't have been picked up for release by a major American studio. At around the same time, Troma was looking to diversify into kidvid (remember "Toxic Crusaders?") and you can see the connection.
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:39 AM on August 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


What does Troma have in common with My Neighbor Totoro?

Inflatable raccoon testicles might have been mistaken for boobs.
posted by randomination at 10:52 AM on August 31, 2012


So who is going to hunt through all of these and give us an time-indexed list of boobies?

I'll start the list: Dragon Fury 45:54 (NSFW)
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:57 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, no one else would touch Totoro, which is why Troma was able to pick it up. Also, they did what I think1 is a really fine job with the dub, especially considering the standards for anime dubbing at the time.

[1]: Though I'm not in a position to really objectively evaluate the Troma dub. It was the version I grew up on, and as such every other version (even the original) sounds a little bit wrong to me.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 10:57 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Totoro may be gone, but you can still get Troma's Albert Schweitzer
posted by hexatron at 11:08 AM on August 31, 2012


Inflatable raccoon testicles might have been mistaken for boobs.

You are thinking of Pompoko. Back in my day, kid, we fact-checked before we heckled.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 11:46 AM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Inflatable raccoon testicles might have been mistaken for boobs.

I think you've mistaken the tanooki from Pom Poko for Totoro.
posted by CancerMan at 11:49 AM on August 31, 2012


Huh, Lloyd Kaufman was the Production Manager for My Dinner with Andre?

Troma is listed as distributor in the credits too. That was kind of a WTF moment the first time I noticed that.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:58 PM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I still think that Tromeo and Juliet is the best adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for screen. It's also the best modernization.

I love that movie so hard.
posted by Matt Oneiros at 1:54 PM on August 31, 2012


If you only see one Troma film, make it Father's Day .

Seconding Father's Day... HOLY HELL what a brilliant, hilarious, twisted mess of a movie. Highest possible rec.
posted by naju at 2:37 PM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just watched No Substitute for Victory with John Wayne explaining why the US shouldn't abandon the Vietnam War in 1970. It's quite informative.
posted by CCBC at 2:50 PM on August 31, 2012


A friend of mine who worked at Troma once mentioned this hidden psychedlic masterpiece that Lloyd Kaufman once picked up the rights to for pennies - and when Lloyd was deciding how to sell it, decided to rename it "Virgin Beasts" even though that has nothing to do with anything in the movie.
posted by fungible at 3:14 PM on August 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


Oh my god, fungible.
posted by naju at 3:52 PM on August 31, 2012


My boyfriend went out of town to New York this holiday weekend and Troma released 150 free movies on YouTube. This is clearly a sign from the universe.
posted by fiercecupcake at 4:30 PM on August 31, 2012


Someone probably misread the title as My Neighbor Torturo.

I just misread your comment as 'My Neighbor's Torino' and imagined

A dark anime tale of tragedy and redemption, where two Hmong children move to the country and grow up near a expansive, ancient forest that is guarded by a grumpy old park ranger (Clint Eastwood) who is 'real' (as in actually filmed, not animated) and has guarded the forest for ages, preventing the animated world from encroaching on the last 'real' forest in the world. John C. Riley is Catbus.
posted by chambers at 6:05 PM on August 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I cant help but read that last sentence in a Don LaFontaine (of the 'In a world...' movie trailer announce fame) voice.

"John C. Reilly is Catbus..."
posted by chambers at 6:11 PM on August 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


That Virgin Beasts Title was done by Pedro Bell who produced some of Funkadelic's album covers (particularly Cosmic Slop.)
posted by CCBC at 6:16 PM on August 31, 2012


Seconding Father's Day... HOLY HELL what a brilliant, hilarious, twisted mess of a movie. Highest possible rec.

Yeah, it really shouldn't be a Troma film, because Troma basically equals disgusting and bad. Father's Day is disgusting and rather amazingly funny, harrowing, fast-moving, inventive, unlike-anything-you've-ever-seen-before ... BRILLIANT
posted by philip-random at 8:07 PM on August 31, 2012


Just saw all the titles. Good God, what a load of crap this is. Are you serious?
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 10:09 PM on August 31, 2012


Good God, what a load of crap this is. Are you serious?

You seem to be unfamiliar with Troma's oeuvre.

It is, indeed, one of America's finest cultural institutions, a veritable jewel of the Western world, the ultimate weapon and final solution against Communism, a center of high minded art, creative philanthropism and incubation, a veritable heady, rich loam of right-minded thinking and innovation as purveyors of movies with the most dubious plots and most ridiculous smut that was ever dared to be filmed on God's green earth.
posted by loquacious at 5:37 AM on September 1, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'm sure I'll find a bunch here that will be perversely interesting. But for now, Patterns. Been wanting to see that for years.

(Wondering what all these old public domain titles are doing among the schlock? Stanwyck, Lugosi, and such? They're from one of Troma's other labels, Roan Group.
posted by plasquatch at 2:51 PM on September 2, 2012


Dag nabbit, I have never been good at closing parentheses.)
posted by plasquatch at 2:52 PM on September 2, 2012


If you like Troma's movies, you should check out Street Trash, full length on YouTube.
posted by exogenous at 11:43 AM on September 4, 2012


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