February 9, 2011
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While reading through the Wikipedia entry for Croaked: Frog Monster from Hell (aka Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake under a new title), I noticed the following comment:
“In his book All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, Troma president Lloyd Kaufman lists this film as one of the five worst Troma films ever made (along with The Capture of Bigfoot, also directed by Bill Rebane).” Searching for “worst” in the Amazon preview for the book even backed up this claim. Intrigued, I decided to see if I could find the other three.
It was pretty easy to find Curse of the Cannibal Confederates, also known as The Curse of the Screaming Dead. It’s also known as being a gored-up remake of the worst movie ever made, A Night of Horror. Although he doesn’t flat-out say that it’s one of the “big five,” Lloyd Kaufman’s numerous comments regarding Big Gus, What’s the Fuss? make it very easy to tell that it is.
But after that discovery, the online trail went cold. Troma fans apparently think that Fortress of Amerikkka is the worst, but I could not find anything that indicated Mr. Kaufman felt the same way. Although his comments that The Girl Who Returned is “boring” and that “if you put two monkeys in a room with movie cameras they will make The Girl Who Returned in twelve days” seem to indicate it is one of the worst, his later comment that it’s one of the Troma library’s “overlooked stars” shoots that theory to hell.
So what is the final film in the list of Troma’s “bottom five?” I wish I could say that I knew the answer. Hopefully one of our loyal readers will give me the answer. It will be interesting to see if it was actually made by Troma or if it was an outside production that they bought the rights to (like the first three titles I discovered).
March 27, 2010
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Did Strange Jason’s review of Valley of the Robots whet your appetite? Want more? Here’s a (NSFW) preview:
These puppets ain’t for kids! Amazingly, that was the tamest of the three trailers available at the official PuppeTose Youtube channel. You can order a copy (and find more PuppeTose madness) here.
We’re planning on interviewing real gravediggers. Please send all leads and questions to gravediggerslocal AT gmaiL DOT com. Don’t forget to let us know if you want us to use name (real or web) during the interview!
Horror bands! Strange Jason wants to talk to you. In a band? Know a band? Email strangejason AT gravediggerslocal DOT com.
We’ve heard a rumor that This TV plays a horror movie every Saturday night. It seems to hold true for tonight, as they’re showing the original A Bucket of Blood at 11:30 PM EST. The channel is owned by MGM and Weigel Broadcasting. Weigel owns WCIU, the home of Svengoolie. HINT HINT THIS TV!
Speaking of MGM, they’re streaming a bunch of their movies at their website. Similarly, Troma is offering free streaming films on both Youtube and Hulu.
Indywood Films is raising funds for the upcoming Invasion of the Not Quite Dead by selling promotional packs and putting the names of buyers in the credits. See the official site and Twitter feed for more information.
Mark your calendars, because Record Store Day 2010 falls on April 17th this year. Visit the official site or Twitter feed for further details.
We learned about Record Store Day from the Newbury Comics newsletter. All of our New England readers should sign up at their website as well, as they give out a lot of great news and coupons. The notifications on one day only “flash sales” are also handy. They once had one for 20% any vampire movie DVD, with an extra 10% off for coming in dressed like a vampire! Wearing all black and paper fangs (easily hidden in your pocket for “regular shopping”) is easily worth a 30% discount. They also mention the sales on…you guessed it…their Twitter feed.