Next Stop Tromaville: My top ten Troma flicks

When it comes to the perfect blending of comedy, sleaze, gore and B movie grade horror there is no studio that compares to the folks at Tromaville. The first time I saw a Tromaville movie was a young age at my best friend’s birthday party, a copy of the first “Toxic Avenger” was pressed in the VCR with anticipation, as we knew this was not for our young eyes and it made us want to see it even more to a point of almost madness. By the time the credits rolled I was changed, at this point I already loved horror and the bloodier the better was my squeaky voiced motto. But nothing I had seen up until this point could compare to the level of sex and violence that flashed across the screen during “The Toxic Avenger”. Now I ask you to take a trip to the grimy side of cinema as we take a look at my personal top 10 favorite Tromaville flicks.

10. Teenage Cat Girls in Heat (1997)

An Egyptian cat goddess in the form of a statuette commands all local felines to surrender one of their nine lives so they can transform into beautiful women to mate with (and terminate) human males, then prepare the way for “The Great Litter.” A professional cat-tracker and a hitchhiker set out to stop them.

The first time I saw “Teenage Cat Girls in Heat” ironically enough was edited for television, a late night airing on USA back in the era of Rhonda Sheer and “Up All Night”, later I would rent it at my local mom and pop video store and needless to say quickly realized a ton of footage had to be blurred or downright removed for TV. Growing up I use to stay up every weekend and drool over Rhonda Sheer’s full figure and at the same time was introduced to many films I may have never heard of otherwise .

09. Fatty Drives the Bus (1999)

Oh no! It appears as if Satan isn’t going to fill his soul quota this month! So of course, he turns himself into a tour guide and takes a bus-load of unsuspecting tourists on a ride down the highway to hell.

I only recently was introduced to “Fatty Drives the Bus” a weird cross of 70’s era exploitation and comedy rolled up in a nice little blasphemy laced package. Picture this, vintage looking film stock with Jesus chasing the devil the entire movie like a bad 70’s cop movie. Not for the religious but for those with a sense of humor should seek out this flick for a movie night with some friends. Packed full of laughs and a soundtrack you’ll hum for days “Fatty Drives the Bus” is a must see when it comes to the world of Tromaville.

08. Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D (1990)

Harry Griswald is a NYPD cop who is possessed with the spirit of a great Kabuki master. This has made him ‘the chosen one’ to do battle with ‘the evil one’. He is also out to do good deeds and fight crime in the name of the law. The only problem is that a number of corrupt people in the community and their henchmen want him dead so that they can gain power when ‘the evil one’ comes to take over the world. Sgt. Kabukiman must use his special superpowers to outsmart and out-fight the bad guys.

A true Tromaville classic and one of their most known and loved characters, “Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D” is a film that cannot be missed if you wish to complete Tromaville 101. Best watched on VHS but if you don’t access DVD will due, once again a blast to watch with friends perhaps with dilated pupils.

07. A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990)

In a post-Armageddon world, a young woman finds herself in a fight for survival against mutant cavemen, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

I saw this movie on Cinemax when I was around nine or ten years old, since then it has become one of my favorite period movies. Normally I have zero interest in anything set in prehistoric or medieval times, the only two exceptions being “A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell” and “Teenage Caveman”. Sexy girls in tiny animal print and enough cheese to make the most stone faced buzz kill crack a smile or two. I highly recommend checking this flick out a great mixture of drive in cheese tainted by the twisted minds at Tromaville.

06. Class Of Nuke ’em High II: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991)

The class of nuke ’em high is back, and this time they’re in college! Tromaville’s nuclear factory has been rebuilt and now includes the Tromaville institute of technology. Located inside the nuclear plant, Tromaville Tech is where Prof. Holt has perfected Sub-humanoids, living beings without emotions, which have been genetically programmed to perform menial tasks. When school reporter Roger Smith meets a beautiful sub humanoid named Victoria, they fall in love. It’s too bad the creatures have a tendency to go into spontaneous meltdown. Roger is now determined to save Victoria from this messy fate, but first he’ll have to face the giant mutant squirrel, Tromie

Why part two you ask and not the original? Three words Tromie the squirrel, the image of a giant mutated squirrel wreaking havoc and pissing radioactive piss down upon a city is not an image you soon forget as young horror fan sneaking around watching movies you are not suppose to be watching. While I do love the first film and even the third one the first sequel has always been my favorite addition to the Nuke’em High franchise.

05. Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

A modern, punk infused adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, told irreverently, this film attempts to impact the viewer in the same way theatre-goers were affected in Shakespeare’s time.

Sex, gore, and sleaze I saw this adaptation after seeing the “Romero and Juliet” remake on a class trip, needless to say I  prefer “Tromeo and Juliet” how can you go wrong with a film that features a mutated cock with a face and teeth? This mutant cock would even impress GWARs front man Oderus Urungus and his Cuttlefish of Cthulhu. If you have not seen this Tromaville masterpiece make it happen asap.

04. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born.

As I said before, I first saw this film at my best friend’s birthday party, I was around eight or nine years old if I remember correctly. Forever would I be turned into a loyal fan of Lloyd kaufman and everything Troma, an obsession that would never fade. As a kid I use today dream bout the day I would do make up for a Tromaville production. This being the most well known Tromaville release is a must watch for anyone getting into Tromaville and B cinema. When they released this film, I bet they never in a million years thought it would be turned into a children’s cartoon series.

03. Terror Firmer (1998)

A homicidal maniac is on the loose in the city and the low budget Troma film crew has the power to stop them.

Gore, gore, and more gore, this is one super fucking gory movie. If you have ever feared escalators make sure you see this movie. And what a soundtrack! Featuring such bands as “Less Than Jake”, “Lunachicks”, “Gwar”, and ” Entombed”, “Terror Firmer” has one of my all time favorite soundtracks. This film is most defiantly one of Tromavilles best releases and a great start for any fan who is also really into punk rock, psychobilly, and heavy metal.

02. Redneck Zombies (1989)

In the back-woods of America lives a very special kind of people, friendly, decent, hard-working dirt farmers. When they accidentally drink a barrel of nuclear waste they turn into tobacco chewing, flesh eating cannibal kinfolk from hell. Meanwhile, seven sophisticated city slickers on vacation get lost in the woods and encounter a nightmare world of these illiterate, and extremely insensitive, undead.

By the time I saw this movie, I was already very into zombie flicks and this would be my first exposure to a horror/comedy zombie movie. I was sold right off the bat, this is one of the funniest movies to ever be released by Tromaville. While there is a lot of Troma style gore I really consider this to be much of a comedy than a horror flick. If you love to laugh your ass off while watching people being eaten by flesh craving zombies make sure to add this to you must see list. I have watched this movie so many times I have it memorized it from start to end.

01. Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)

When the notorious Diaper Mafia take hostage the Tromaville School for the Very Special, only the Toxic Avenger and his morbidly obese sidekick Lardass can save Tromaville.

Citizen Toxie is Tromavilles “Titanic” a beautiful mixture of gore, humor, and over the top sleaze. Where else will you ever see a fetus vs fetus battle inside a womb? That’s right nowhere. You can tell they really went all out with this addition to “The Toxic Avenger” franchise. While I love the first film, it just doesn’t compare to “Citizen Toxie”, for Tromaville newcomers I would advise you start with “The Toxie Avenger” start at the beginning and once the credits of “Citizen Toxie” scroll you will find yourself addicted to the sick and twisted world of Tromaville. The original Punks of the industry nothing compares to the experience had when viewing a Tromaville classic.

About Ted Brown

I eat, breath, and live the horror genre. Gore translates to beauty, and terror the gateway to happiness.
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