Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Mar 29, 2014
7:30pm

4 Films Back-To-Back! Troma Entertainment Co-founder Lloyd Kaufman In Person!
Troma Marathon!
For 40 years, writer, producer, director, actor and activist Lloyd Kaufman has been at the forefront of American independent film via his Troma Entertainment production company. A true maverick who has fought the system at every turn, Kaufman is a subversive artist whose best films (CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, THE TOXIC AVENGER and TROMA'S WAR among them) are assaults on good taste - as well as the status quo. As a producer and distributor, Kaufman has discovered and nurtured many young talents, including James Gunn and “South Park”’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and he has been a tireless advocate for independent filmmakers and net neutrality.

All audience members will have a chance to win Troma posters and art!

30th Anniversary!
THE TOXIC AVENGER
1984, Troma Entertainment, 87 min. Dirs. Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman. Trailer
When nerdy janitor Melvin falls into a vat of nuclear waste, he is suddenly transformed into a mutant superhero who lays waste to evildoers of all kinds and becomes a savior to his town. The first of Troma's anti-corporate satires, THE TOXIC AVENGER is still one of the best - and most popular, having spawned multiple sequels and spinoffs. Co-director Lloyd Kaufman's message, however, is firmly buried under some of the most spectacular gore and slapstick comedy this side of early Peter Jackson - it's a horror-comedy every bit as audacious and tasteless as DEAD ALIVE or the original EVIL DEAD.

CLASS OF NUKE ’EM HIGH
1986, Troma Entertainment, 85 min. Dirs. Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman. Trailer
A high school located next to a nuclear power plant serves as the setting for one of Troma's most outrageous and hilarious features, a gory, postapocalyptic satire about teenagers whose sex yields a gang-fighting monster after they smoke some radioactive pot. As always, co-director Lloyd Kaufman sets out to shock, entertain and enlighten in equal measures with a movie that balances an environmental message with sex, drugs and exuberantly graphic violence.

TROMEO AND JULIET
1996, Troma Entertainment, 104 min. Trailer
Shakespeare's classic gets the Troma treatment, courtesy of director Lloyd Kaufman and screenwriter James Gunn. The bard's young lovers are transposed to modern day Manhattan, where Kaufman and Gunn largely stick to the original play's structure but infuse it with liberal helpings of sex, violence and profanity. The result is one of the best Troma films, a movie that USA Today described as “sexy, sweet, and surreal.” The eclectic cast includes scream queens Debbie Rochon and Tiffany Shepis, Troma regular Will Keenan and even Lemmy from Motorhead as the narrator!

RETURN TO NUKE ’EM HIGH VOLUME 1
2013, Troma Entertainment, 85 min. Dir. Lloyd Kaufman. Trailer | Website
This follow-up to cult favorite CLASS OF NUKE ’EM HIGH returns to New Jersey’s Tromaville High School, where the first film’s neighboring nuclear power plant has been replaced by the Tromorganic food-processing plant. When glee club members mutate into violent punkers after eating contaminated meals, blogger Chrissy (Asta Paredes) and her girlfriend (Catherine Corcoran) realize something is rotten at Tromorganic. The first installment of this KILL BILL-style two-part epic oozes with the distinctive mix of goofy gore, soft-core sleaze and low-budget special effects that has made the Troma name famous among exploitation fans.

Discussion between first and second films with Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman.
Screening formats: Blu-ray (THE TOXIC AVENGER, CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, TROMEO AND JULIET) and DCP (RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH VOLUME 1)
Aero Theatre • Sat, Mar 29, 2014 • 7:30pm