Lloyd Kaufman is the Rodney Dangerfield of low-budget, B-level horror movies. He gets no respect. Even Roger Corman, who is notorious for cranking out genre films for profit since the 1950s, has respect of his Hollywood peers. But in Corman’s shadow is Kaufman’s exploitation studio Troma, which has been generating marginal and low-quality entertainment for years…almost 40 years, to be exact.
Troma began in 1974 as a joint venture between Kaufman and his buddy from Yale, Michael Hertz. Over the years, the studio has pulled their own fair share of Cormans by featuring would-be stars in their earliest roles, including Kevin Costner in Sizzle Beach U.S.A., Billy Bob Thornton in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, and the comedy team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Cannibal: The Musical. In 1985, Troma broke out with their tongue-in-cheek success The Toxic Avenger, a low-budget hit that spawned three sequels and gave Troma its poster boy for its studio. Soon, Troma became a staple in the direct-to-video market with additional hits like Class of Nuke‘Em High, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell, and Surf Nazis Must Die!
To celebrate its upcoming 40th Anniversary in Tromaville, Troma is offering dozens of their movies for free on the Troma YouTube Channel. Films will be continually added to the line-up, but the channel is opening with the following titles:
A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell
Blondes Have More Guns
Cannibal! The Musical
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV
Class Of Nuke’Em High
Class of Nuke’Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown
Class Of Nuke’Em High Part 3: The Good, The Bad, And The Subhumanoid
Death By Dialogue
Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell
Lust for freedom
Monster In The Closet
Sgt Kabukiman NYPD
Splendor and Wisdom
Story Of A Junkie
Stuck On You!
Surf Nazis Must Die!
The Dark Side of Midnight
The Last Horror Film
The Toxic Avenger
The Toxic Avenger Part 2
The Wedding Party
Toxic Avenger Part 3: The Last Temptation Of Toxie
Tromeo & Juliet
Viewer Discretion Advised
When Nature Calls
Wizards of the Demon Sword
And in case you were wondering if these movies are as good (or as bad) as you’ve heard, check out one of my personal favorite trailers from the Troma Team: