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The oldest Indie film studio in existence, founded in 1974. Owned by Lloyd Kaufman
and the mysterious
productions are known for being surrealistic and never too serious. They're almost always shock exploitation films, usually mixed with comedy and romance and the occasional musical number. Sex, graphic violence, gore and nudity are par for the course.
Troma's slogan is "Movies of the Future." The films often use the same props, actors, and scenes over and over again, sometimes to save money. At a certain point, this became a hallmark of Troma. Examples include a severed leg, the Penis Monster, and the flipping/exploding car filmed for the movie Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD, which, though blue, is used in place of any other car that needs to crash and explode.
Not all Troma films are in English: one of the most well-loved Troma films, for example, is a German-language adaptation of the (insanely popular) German comic book series Kondom des Grauens
Troma produced or acquired many early films featuring several rising talents, such as Vanna White
), Kevin Costner (Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.
), Samuel L. Jackson
(Def by Temptation
), Marisa Tomei (The Toxic Avenger
), Vincent D'Onofrio (The First Turn-On!
), David Boreanaz
(Macabre Pair of Shorts
), James Gunn (Tromeo and Juliet
), Trey Parker and Matt Stone
(Cannibal The Musical
), before they were discovered. While most of these actors were discovered by other means, Stanley Kubrick
actually saw D'Onofrio's performance in The First Turn-On
, which launched his career. Lloyd Kaufman has mentioned that Kubrick gave him a call to thank him.
Troma also occasionally distributes films that were produced by other studios.
They even released "over 100" of its back catalog films on YouTube
, many for free, some for 48-hour paid viewing. The movies are available to watch online here.
Notable Troma Productions Include: (listed chronologically)