#ShakespearesShitstorm (2020)

#ShakespearesShitstorm
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Writer: Brandon Bassham
Based on: William Shakespeare‘s The Tempest
Cast: Lloyd Kaufman, Erin Patrick Miller, Abraham Sparrow, Kate McGarrigle, Amanda Flowers, Debbie Rochon, Zoë Geltman, Dylan Greenberg, Frazer Brown, Monique Dupree, Teresa Hui, Ahkai Franklin
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2020
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Content Note: racism, sexism, ableism

Plot:
Prospero (Lloyd Kaufman) and his sister Antoinette (Lloyd Kaufman) were working together to make the world a better place with their scientific achievements. But when Prospero realizes that Antoinette’s motives aren’t quite as noble, he took his blind daughter Miranda (Kate McGarrigle) and fled to Tromaville. Now Antoinette and her cronies are on a cruise and Prospero has a plan: he feeds laxatives to the whales around them and the ensuing literal shit storm brings them all to Tromaville.

#ShakespearesShitstorm is the Troma take on Shakespeare’s Tempest, plus the evil of pharmaceutical companies and, for some reason, the evil of “woke culture”. I know that Troma movies aren’t my thing and I probably would have skipped it entirely if it hadn’t been the third film in a quadruple feature, but that last part – the dig at social activism – really made me hate the film.

The film poster showing a drawing of Prospero (Lloyd Kaufman) holding a skull in his hand that is running with green goo. There are several TV screens showing stills from the film.
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Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High Aka Vol. 2 (2017)

Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High Aka Vol. 2
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Writer: Travis CampbellDerek Dressler, Lloyd Kaufman, Gabriel FriedmanDoug Sakmann
Sequel to: Return to Nuke ‘Em High
Cast: Asta ParedesCatherine CorcoranZac AmicoVito Trigo, Lloyd Kaufman, Babette BombshellTara E. MillerMike BaezMark QuinnetteJim SheppardReiki TsunoJosh PotterDebbie RochonClay von Carlowitz
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017
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Plot:
Chrissy (Asta Paredes) and Lauren (Catherine Corcoran) have just come out of a crisis at Nuke ‘Em High, and are already slithering into the next. On a personal level, their principal threatens to out them. On a larger scale, rich company owner Herzkauf (Lloyd Kaufman) isn’t done trying to make profits at Nuke ‘Em High any way he can.

After the short film that ran before it, I fell asleep for the first half or so of the film. But that just meant that I was awake enough to really take in the secod half even though I really didn’t want to. Troma will probably never win me over.

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Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters (2016)

Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters
Director: John P. Brennan
Writer: John P. Brennan
Cast: Gibson Merrick, Zac Amico, John P. Brennan, Elizabeth D’AmbrosioAmanda FlowersLloyd KaufmanDoug Sakmann
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017

Plot:
A new STD is spreading around town – Sex Lobsters. And there’s only one person who is able to stop them all: Dolphinman (Gibson Merrick).

Troma doesn’t make my kind of films, and Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters was no exception. Although it really did make me laugh once, when the diagnosis came that it wasn’t, in fact, crabs, but lobsters. Other than that though, I didn’t care for the film one way or another.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Based on: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning‘s comic
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz, Sean Gunn, Stan Lee, [and – see if you can find them: Emmett Scanlan, Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof, Josh Brolin, Seth Green, Lloyd Kaufman]

Plot:
When Peter (Chris Pratt) was a little child, he was abducted by aliens. Now he is a smuggler, always looking for the next thing he can steal and sell. But his latest acquisition is also sought after by Ronan (Lee Pace) aka The Destroyer – which does not bode well for Peter. Ronan sends assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) after Peter and at the same time bounty hunters Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) try to collect the price on Peter’s head. In the ensuing confusion they are all arrested, which in turn forces them to work together – first for the money, then to keep Ronan from realizing his destructive plans.

I was really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy. The trailer looked good. The first reviews were very promising. The cast was great. I was counting down the days to its ridiculously late Austrian release. And then finally it was time to see the film and… it was a mess. A sexist, boring mess.

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Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 (2013)

Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Writer: Lloyd Kaufman, Travis Campbell, Derek Dressler
Sequel to/Remake of: Class of Nuke ‘Em High
Cast: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Zac Amico, Vito Trigo, Babette Bombshell, Adam P. Murphy, Brenda Rickert, William Dreyer, Robert Prichard
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Lauren (Catherine Corcoran) is new at Chrissy’s (Asta Paredes) school – and the two girls (apparently) take an instant dislike to each other. But when the school’s Glee club goes through a weird transformation, circumstances pushes the two girls closer together than they thought possible and together they tackle the mystery behind the changes.

Return to Nuke ‘Em High wasn’t more to my taste than Class of Nuke ‘Em High. Rather it was the other way round. Despite a few good ideas, there was more about it I didn’t like.

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Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)

Class of Nuke ‘Em High
Director: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman
Writer: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman, Mark Rudnitsky, Stuart Strutin
Cast: Gil Brenton, Janelle Brady, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan, James Nugent Vernon, Brad Dunker
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Chrissy (Janelle Brady) and Warren (Gil Brenton) are the nice power couple at their school. So they mostly steer clear of the drugs that circulate school. But recently the drugs seem to have had a strange effect on the pupils around them. Maybe that has something to do with the nuclear power plant that is right next door?

Class of Nuke ‘Em High wasn’t really my cup of tea. I had the impression that the Troma movies were more like Japanese crackpot movies. While there are certainly some similarities, it just didn’t reach that amount of craziness for me.

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