With "Terror Firmer," Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman has helmed a lock, schlock and barrel-of-laughs pic that fearlessly -- nay, proudly -- scrapes the bottom of said barrel.
With “Terror Firmer,” Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman has helmed a lock, schlock and barrel-of-laughs pic that fearlessly — nay, proudly — scrapes the bottom of said barrel. Loosely based on the indie outfit’s first 25 years as recounted in helmer’s 1998 book, “All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger,” this frenetic ode to overkill, with a “body-part-pickling hermaphroditic lunatic” among its characters, will give Troma’s customers plenty to cackle over while waiting for “Jane Austen’s Schlock and Schlockability.”
Kaufman plays the blind director of a horror pic-within-the-pic replete with bare-breasted babes, severed limbs, mutant creatures and plentiful rock ‘n’ roll. Beyond the set, a slinky serial killer is on the loose. Raucous and overplayed (except for Alyce LaTourelle’s pleasingly down-to-earth perf as a versatile production assistant), pic wallows in bad puns and good bods and evinces a gung-ho approach that’s either refreshing or tiresome depending on one’s age and IQ. Highlights include snide references to Spielberg’s oeuvre, vomit splattering two French guys en route to a Sam Fuller Film Festival and impressive grab shots of a fat naked guy running through the streets of Manhattan.