In a recent tweet to news site Tech Dirt
Troma Entertainment founder Lloyd Kaufman announced that the company which has in the past been universally acknowledged as New Jersey's answer to England's brilliant Hammer Studios has uploaded 150 classic films
to YouTube's video streaming Internet portal.
Troma first burst into the entertainment universe with the 1984 ultracamp megahit The Toxic Avenger
a low budget tongue in cheek horror comedy; becoming a mainstay in the midnight movie cult that sustained many local independent cinemas.
It is historic as the screen debut of Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei (in the director's cut) while expressing a seething comedic social critique of the "greed is good 80's".
While serving as pre-production supervisor for another low budget venture that also became a box office bonanza Sylvester Stallone's Rocky, Kaufman became enamoured with the idea of basing a horror comedy in a health club in 1975.
Later attending the film festival in Cannes Kaufman read an article which alluded that the horror movies being produced at that time were no longer culturally relevant, he claims that it was this opinion that inspired him to author the film along with scribe Joe Rittter.
The financial windfall from TA
and it's numerous sequels went on to fill The Troma coffers with bags of fresh loot for over twenty years and the entertainment franchise has gone on to also distribute many older classic exploitation and propaganda films from as early as the "dirty" 30's to today. TA
and all it's sequels are on the YouTube site.
By the way if you are an independent filmmaker seeking distribution Troma
has an open call for finished films of all lengths.
So next time you are waiting for the subway, (or skiving at work) why not enjoy Bela Lugosi in The Devil Bat, Dennis Hopper in Mad Dog Morgan, or if you are having a really bad day the hilarious Poultrygeist:Night of the Chicken Dead- its on YouTube and it is free!