In 2001, five years after Italian director Lucio Fulci passed into the great beyond, Troma Entertainment picked up the distribution rights for the Godfather of Gore's low-budget dystopian sci-fi flick The New Gladiators (or Warriors of 2072). Jeff and Lucas deep-dive into this hidden gem, as well as announce the release of Lucas Mangum's newest book: The Final Gate. Co-written with Splatterpunk Award winner Wesley Southard, it's the ultimate prose tribute to the late horror maestro. You can preorder here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0972JN4B4
In carnie terminology, a geek was a sideshow act involving the eating of strange, inedible things (in the old days, this often invited biting the heads of chickens). In Roger Ebert's review of the Troma classic Mother's Day, the critic used the term "geek cinema" to describe films intended to shock and disgust. Luther the Geek is a 1989 movie about a deranged killer terrifying a family after his release from prison. Jeff and Lucas dissect the latter in this latest episode of Make Your Own Damn Podcast, a podcast where they look back on the wonderful, whacky films of Troma Entertainment.
In this 1987 cult classic, the dead walk! But not because of a viral outbreak or hell running out of room. This time, it's ... radioactive moonshine? That's right, listeners! This week, Jeff and Lucas examine Pericles Lewnes's shot-on-video oddity Redneck Zombies.
Jeff and Lucas examine the beloved possession flick Rabid Grannies. First things first, the villains the title refers to are neither rabid nor grannies. That said, it's still a great title, and this is a wild movie with a wild (and mysterious) production and release history.
Jeff and Lucas take a look at the sleeper grindhouse hit Father's Day. A joint venture between Troma and the now-defunct Astron-6, Father's Day is a wildly inappropriate and enjoyable slice of cinematic splatter and gonzo exploitation. Our hosts deep dive on the film itself as well as the gory details surrounding its production and subsequent release.
An anthology film in the tradition of EC comics but with way more nudity and fart jokes, Tales from the Crapper is truly one of the strangest entries in Troma's filmography, and that's saying something!
Before changing independent cinema forever with The Toxic Avenger, the Troma Team liked to get us hot while simultaneous making us laugh. The last of Kaufman and company's early sex comedies was The First Turn-On, a summer camp film all about losing your virginity. No, Jeff and Lucas do NOT share stories about their first times, but we dive balls-deep into this little-seen Troma classic.
Terror Firmer is the latest moneymaking Dali-esque masterpiece unleashed by director Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Their trademark manic humor combines with a new darker sensibility to create the latest in a legendary line of genre-bending classics. Inspired by Lloyd Kaufman’s book, “All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger” (Penguin Putnam), Terror Firmer is the most action packed, most personal, most bizarre, and most commercial celluloidal adventure in the 25-year history of Troma Entertainment. Honored by Film Festivals the world over, Terror Firmer has firmly established Troma as THE fount of mass appeal alternative cinema, the world’s source for something challenging and original.
Co-hosts Jeff and Lucas look at Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day remake. The verdict? It's very good but for very different reasons than the original. We uncover the political subtext of the film as well as the real life crimes that inspired it. Follow Make Your Own Damn Podcast on Twitter and like it on Facebook.
This week, Jeff and Lucas do a deep dive on a 1979 murder-in-the-woods classic featuring a sadistic mother figure. No, not Friday the 13th. We're talking about Mother's Day. Shot across the lake from Friday the 13th at the same time, the filmmakers of each movie shared more than a wrap party as you'll soon find out. Join Jeff and Lucas as they examine the Charles Kaufman-directed classic, rape-revenge movies, and feminism in horror.
"All the body-piercing, kinky sex, and car crashes that Shakespeare wanted but never had! Join Tromeo (Will Keenan), Juliet (Jane Jensen), and Lemmy of Motorhead as they travel through Manhattan’s underground in search of climactic love, violence, and the American Way. Tromeo and Juliet is thrust forward with hyper-kinetic performances and a cutting-edge soundtrack."
Jeff Burk and Lucas Mangum do a deep dive on the James Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman collaboration Tromeo & Juliet, a punk rock love story filled to the brim with Gen-X nihilism. Plus, when it comes to mealworms and maggots, what's in a name? The meteoric trajectory of James Gunn's career, Troma movies provide sexual awakenings, and penis monsters!
Long before becoming household names with the creation of South Park, a couple of film students named Trey Parker and Matt Stone got together with their friends and classmates to make a movie about Alfred Packer, the first person convicted of cannibalism in the United States. The result was Cannibal! The Musical, an irreverent yet quaint film full of songs and flesh-eating. The last stop on their search for a distributor was the infamous Troma Entertainment and the rest is history. Hosts Lucas Mangum and Jeff Burk talk about everything from the making of the film, the film itself, the true story of Alfred Packer, the INSANE commentary track on the DVD and early experiences with Parker and Stone.
Jeff and Lucas discuss Troma's War, Lloyd Kaufman's attempt to take the entertainment company mainstream. With more squibs than The Wild Bunch, mainstream aspirations and one of the most uncomfortable scenes ever, Troma's War is an oddity in a catalog of oddities.
Welcome to the first episode of MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN PODCAST, a show where we look back at the wonderful, whacky films produced and distributed by Troma Entertainment. In the introduction, co-hosts Lucas Mangum and Jeff Burk talk about how they became Troma fans, discuss filmmaker and co-founder Lloyd Kaufman, and rundown the list of famous filmmakers and actors who have worked with Troma in the past. If you like this show, check out Jeff's books and Lucas' books.