A Conversation With Lloyd Kaufman: A C2E2 Panel


Troma films have a very special place in my heart. If there’s anything anyone knows about me, it’s that love trashy schlocky movies. Those grindhouse type films that are made with next to no budget but more heart and soul than any mainstream film you’re likely to go see. Troma is the Godfather of these types of films. Lloyd Kaufman and his crew have given us films so shocking and left of center that it would give even satirists like Matt Stone and Trey Parker reason to pause. Movies like The Toxic Avenger or Tromeo and Juliet or even Poultrygeist are the pinnacle of B-grade schlock and at the same time as cinematically classic as anything the AFI’s Top 100 movie list. You’re doing yourself a disservice by not watching any of these films.

 

The panel itself was short and sweet and featured the Lloyd himself with several of his collaborators and recurring characters. Troma as a studio has been producing films for going on 45 years now and shows no signs of taking it easy. Kaufman is very candid about the types of movies he makes and also shows no shame in making sure the audience knows that some of the biggest entertainers today got their start in Troma films. James Gunn, who is responsible for the Guardians of the Galaxy films, got his start in 1993 writing the script for Tromeo and Juliet. Samuel L Jackson appears in Def By Temptation which is a film that really has to be seen to be believed. Billy Bob Thorton acted in a Troma film called Chopper Chicks in Zombietown. Kaufman is very proud of all the work that Troma has done and despite not having a lot of funds for future works, debuted a trailer for the next Troma film called Shakespeare’s Shitstorm. He said that this acts a sort of spiritual sequel to Tromeo and Juliet while amping up the comedy and raunch. He also revealed that the original Toxic Avenger is getting the big budget remake treatment with the script being penned by Macon Blair. Blair is famous for penning indie thrill fests such as Blue Ruin and Green Room. Kaufman said that he has a producer credit on the film but is not that entirely involved in the process of bringing it to life.

The panel comes to an end at this point, the whole panel was just short of 30 minutes. It was a really short panel, just a quick conversation with one of the most prominent provocateurs of trashy cinema in the industry. He was a very amiable dude who was really proud of everything that he’s accomplished and showed no signs of slowing down. Shakespeare’s Shitstorm looks like the pinnacle of everything they’ve accomplished up until this point. He also reminded everyone to stop by the Troma booth for free selfies and autographs. He said that he would never charge his fans for such things because without his fans he wouldn’t be here today. So, if you ever get the chance to meet Lloyd Kaufman take it or at the very least search out one of his films. I promise you it is an experience unlike anything you’ve taken in before. I got the chance to stop by the booth and meet the man and his team and I was just as star struck and in awe of him as I would be had I met RDJ.

 


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Brodie Mann

I suppose my story begins(as most do) on the day of my birth. I mean, i’d like to sit here and tell you about the ticker tape parade that was thrown in my honor, or that my being vaginally farted into the world signaled a time of unbridled peace and love throughout the galaxy, but i will do my best to try and be humble about my epic origins. Truth is my real origin is as ordinary as apple pie. I was hobbled together from various body parts of criminals on death row who opted to be organ donors. I suppose you could say I’m the Bizarro six million dollar man (but judging by my appearance you couldn’t tell they spent more than a few shillings on me). In between being chased by townsfolk with pitchforks and torches opposed to the “abomination” of my existence i have developed a passion for writing. The only thing that can match such lofty desires would be a lifelong passion for film. I mean I’m quite nerdy about lots of things (video games, comic books, music, etc…) but cinema in all its shiny golden splendor has captured my attention more than anything else. It’s something I try to share with the world at large, as much as possible. I figure if i can find the magic in such things, maybe i can help others do so as well. I’ve written quite a few poems(mostly about my first few years as a dime store knockoff Mary Shelly creation) but have stuck to mostly movie reviews. I am quite elated to be able to relate my thoughts and opinions on all things film with those who take the time to read them. I hope to have a positive impact here on the site and am looking forward to not only working with the staff currently in place but being able to reach a wider audience as well. P.S. If some of my work comes off a bit sloppy and meandering, its just because the doctor responsible for the stitch job on my cranial cavity didn’t do that great job and my brain has fallen out of the hole in my head they used to pump blood into. Cheers Mates!!
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