What sort of podcast shenanigans are our weirdos getting into?
First, Leza Cantoral’s GET LIT WITH LEZA features Troma director Salem Kapsaski talking about his recent film, Spidarlings, which is a punk horror musical full of drama, Drag Queens, deadly spiders, & lesbian romance. It has to be seen to be believed. It is surreal, beautiful, and romantically grotesque.
Then there’s JOHN WAYNE LIED TO YOU, the definitive record of John Wayne Comunale’s too-weird-to-be-true existence. And that’s not all, because Comunale’s latest book from Grindhouse Press, DEATH PACTS AND LEFT-HAND PATHS is now available! Get it at amazon.
by Tracy Vanity
I just watched Poltergeist for the first time over the weekend. Maybe I saw it as a kid and just don’t remember. Of course that “They’re heeere!” part is familiar and the image of the creepy little blonde girl touching the static television is everywhere. I wasn’t impressed by it. It was too long in parts and just too E.T. and wholesome for my liking. I wasn’t surprised Spielberg was all over that project but for some reason didn’t direct it. It felt like he did. I loathe Spielberg films. It wasn’t incredibly awful but it’s not going on my Halloween movie rotation. You know what movie is on my Halloween rotation that sounds like Poltergeist but is a fuckton better? Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead!
Troma has been around for almost 40 years and Poultrygeist is the most critically acclaimed of all of their films. I can see why. Of course I love Troma’s purposely campy gorefests like Surf Nazis Must Die and the Toxic Avenger films, but Poultrygeist has something aside from the campiness, tits, shit, and splatter. Dare I say it has a message?
Sure there’s projectile vomiting, shit, tits, guy in a meat grinder, Ron Jeremy, and a chicken zombie apocalypse…to not totally spoil the film for you…but as The Guardian stated in a glowing review of the movie:
“Poultrygeist isn’t subtle. In one scene a rectum is ripped out and tossed on a sizzling griddle. It’s a wonderfully bold satirical comment on the chemical-industrial food complex that poisons us all, and one that forces us to ask why – in the 118-year history of the cinema – have we never been shown this before?”
No wonder Poltergeist sucked, no ripped out rectums! Not even a splatter of blood or a nipple! I can’t believe I sat though that shit!
Lloyd Kaufman is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment. If you’re still ignorant to the awesomeness that is Troma, please, I beg you, watch some of the great clips below. Troma films are low-budget, cheesy, often gory, and bizarro as hell.
Lloyd not only started up Troma, but also directs and sometimes acts in some of the films they produce. He’s responsible for such classics as Tromeo and Juliet, Class of Nuke ‘Em High and The Toxic Avenger.
Today is his 67th birthday and we couldn’t be happier that he’s still alive and creating wonderful films for us to enjoy. Happy birthday Lloyd!
Lloyd Kaufman is the president of Troma Studios and legendary filmmaker behind such classics as The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet, and Poultrygeist. He’s without a doubt one of the most brilliant and hardest-working people in the entertainment industry. Lloyd is also a huge influence and inspiration to many of us in Bizarro Land.
Whether you’re a longtime fan or a Toxie virgin, be sure to sleaze up your wholesome holiday activities with one of Troma’s many classics this year. Tonight I’ll be escaping from the rain to enjoy a few myself.
Happy Birthday, Lloyd. Here’s to many more years of weirdness.