With Richard Donner’s Superman still a few years off from transforming comic cinema into a legit and lucrative genre, letting the audience in on the gag and addressing its protagonist’s more antiquated elements would have been a wise move. But outside of pausing every so often to superimpose a gleam across Ron Ely’s peepers or randomly announce a new, heretofore unknown talent of Doc’s, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze does little to deconstruct its parent property or its contemporaries in the world of crime-fighting fiction. Producer George Pal took a chance on a big-screen throwback.
It’s fair to say that Straight to Hell isn’t widely considered to be one of director Alex Cox’s best films. Some people may even consider it to be his worst.
However, whilst its creation, cast, setting and gonzo punk style, make it an undeniable curiosity, it is its adaptation and reclamation of popular genre style, that may make Straight to Hell Cox’s most notably cine-literate film. For the uninitiated: Cox was the punk filmmaker who made it big early on, blew it nearly as quickly, and has steadfastly done his own thing ever since.
“A story of blood, money, guns, coffee, and sexual tension.”
Directed by Shinichi Fukazawa, Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell is a Japanese splatter film that pays tribute to the enduring spirit of director Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987).
Known as the ‘Japanese Evil Dead’ to those few that have actually managed to get their hands on this no-budget horror flick outside of Japan, Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell meshes the SFX style of Hausu (1977) with the comedy and splatter associated with The Evil Dead series.
2017 is almost upon us, so why not celebrate a Happy Troma Now Year with Rock Stars, Animals, The Devil, and Leprechauns!? Yes, Troma Now will be streaming two new world premieres in January that will help you to forget 2016. Nick Box and Chris Hines’ documentary Andrew W.K. Party Safari and John Birmingham’s southern comedy Rednecks.
“This was no ordinary safari…this was supposed to be a party safari! You won’t believe your senses!”
Fright-Rags is the one-stop shop for the horror fan on your holiday list this year, as the company are releasing new apparel and merchandise from genre movies leading up to Christmas.
“Like he had for thousands of years, Krampus came not to reward, but to punish. Not to give, but to take.”
This upcoming December the Troma Team wish you all a very merry Xmas with two world premiere gifts on Troma Now that will make you want to bathe in your egg nog! Jay Summers’ feature length debut, Revenge of the Spacemen, along with Molly Hewitt’s short film, Maggie’s Problem (featuring music by prolific indie Lo-Fi legend R. Stevie Moore).
“…a throwback to all the classic alien invasion flicks of yesteryear…”
During the videotape format war of the late 1970s and early 1980s, JVC’s VHS would compete for market share against Sony’s Betamax. Betamax was, in theory, the superior recording format but VHS would ultimately emerge as the preeminent home video format in 1986. Consumers could not justify the extra cost of a Betamax VCR, which was often more expensive that the VHS equivalent due to the higher quality construction of Betamax recorders.
“Decadence is their fate.”
Let’s face it, the 1980s were awesome! So it’s expected that nostalgia will run rampant, but few modern films have been able to capture the decade’s idiosyncrasies like Turbo Kid.
“This is the future. The world as we knew it is gone. Acid rain has left the land barren and the water toxic. Scarred by endless wars humanity struggles to survive in the ruins of the old world, frozen in an everlasting nuclear winter. This is the future…this is the year 1997.”
In the United Kingdom, Liverpool Small Cinema presents an iconic Japanese horror double bill: Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998) and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu (1977).
“To try and narrow down a selection of Japanese horror films, which cover all things psychological, supernatural, explicit and mythological, is no easy task however, so we felt that the programme would need to reflect the full scale of myths, folk and ghost tales that have dominated Japanese culture for centuries.”
Troma fanatics, collectors of underground art and East Coast skaters will want to shred their way to Troma Booth #429 for the NYCC release of The Toxic Avenger skateboard decks printed by RiotStyle; west coast skateboard manufacturer and punk rock icons. Skate or Die! The 29″ Popsicle style deck is dipped in white paint and printed with a gloriously detailed tribute to Toxie.
“I love the Monster Hero” more than I love my parents!
Lloyd Kaufman, sexy president (prexy) of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, will be appearing in person at the New York City Comic Con, along with Catherine Corcoran. Both Lloyd Kaufman and Catherine Corcoran will be signing autographs and posing for fan-photos in person (FREE) all weekend long at TROMA BOOTH #429.
“Greetings from Tromaville!”
Animated by Hideaki Anno, Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01’s plot centers on Koji, an engineering student who accidentally discovers the Madox-01; a heavy mechanised, armoured exoskeleton. This military weapon, successor to the Madox-00, is equipped with a large array of weaponry and was designed to fight against heavy armoured vehicles. Glancing through the conveniently included instruction manual, Koji climbs into the Madox-01 exoskeleton.