All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger: The Shocking True Story of Troma Studios

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This is the true story of the moviemaking maverick who co-founded an independent studio twenty-five years ago in a humble broom closet... who used raw hamburger, Karo syrup blood, and Bromo-Seltzer vomit to create films of questionable artistic and moral value...who battled the MPAA rating board to bring his outrageous vision to the screen...who rejected Madonna after an audition...who defied the Hollywood system and slapped the face of the industry...and who built a B-movie empire filled with Chopper Chicks, ...
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Overview

This is the true story of the moviemaking maverick who co-founded an independent studio twenty-five years ago in a humble broom closet... who used raw hamburger, Karo syrup blood, and Bromo-Seltzer vomit to create films of questionable artistic and moral value...who battled the MPAA rating board to bring his outrageous vision to the screen...who rejected Madonna after an audition...who defied the Hollywood system and slapped the face of the industry...and who built a B-movie empire filled with Chopper Chicks, Surf Nazis, Kabuki Cops, Nymphoid Barbarians, and a lone hero known as The Toxic Avenger. This is the story of Troma Studios. A story of guerilla filmmaking at its cheapest, of the American Dream torn limb from limb, and of topless starlets menaced by obscene rubber puppets.
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Charles Winecoff
His anecdotes, often as tasteless as his flicks, may be raw, but, hey, you definitely won't be bored.
Entertainment Weekly
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"When in doubt, vomit green foam" is the motto of the B-movie empire, Troma Studios, the brainchild of Kaufman and Michael Herz, whose exploitation hits, Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High and Tromeo & Juliet, today clutter the midnight movie section of most video rental shops. Here, Kaufman traces his lifelong dedication to big-screen gore, disfigurement, mutation and raunchy sex from his days in the Yale film society as a disaffected undergrad in the mid-1960s (where he made a feature-length film that consisted mainly of a braless woman jogging) to his present career as a leading impresario of bad taste. After a stint with Cannon, a low-budget studio in New York City, Kaufman launched Troma out of a broom closet he rented from McCall's magazine in 1974, while taking mainstream Hollywood jobs on the side, including acting as pre-production supervisor on Rocky. The Toxic Avenger, produced in 1982, catapulted Troma into the international limelight and has since become an icon of fringe cinema, spawning merchandise, a Saturday morning cartoon and hours and hours of ongoing late-night cable exposure. Not content to recount his story in linear fashion, Kaufman free-associates on such topics as the "erotic components of colostomy bags" and the pitfalls of Hollywood cinema. Kaufman's gross-out humor and rambling style will wear thin for all but the most devoted Troma fans, but his perspective on independent film production stands to benefit low-budget auteurs everywhere. Photos. (Aug.)
Charles Winecoff
His anecdotes, often as tasteless as his flicks, may be raw, but, hey, you definitely won't be bored. -- Entertainment Weekly
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425163573
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Lloyd Kaufman
Lloyd Kaufman has written, produced, and/or directed more than 25 films, including The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, and Terror Firmer. He is president of Troma Entertainment. This is his second book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    You must read this!

    This book is not so much a how too on how to make movies, as much as it is a autobiography of Lloyd Kaufman and the twisted and hilarious history of the immortal Troma. You should own this! Not only is it by far one of the funniest books I have ever read, it also, by accident if nothing else, does have some great nuggets of advice for the fledgling movie maker. Beyond this though is a story that shows how a dream, a little bromo seltzer and a toxic waste infused dork from NJ can build an empire¿ or at least a slew of movies that are so awful that they are pure genius! Get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    Best Film book ever

    I cant thank lyyod enough for writing this book it has helped me in my film career so much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    Bromo Seltzer and You

    'All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger: The Shocking True Story of Troma Studios' is a yin and yang (hot Asian twins I think) telling of Lloyd Kaufman's years as a leader in independent film making. Less of a step by step process of how to make a movie, unlike his latest literary achievement 'Make Your Own Damn Movie,' and more of a progression of Lloyd's career making films and the building of the Troma Studios empire. Although it does give useful information on making independent films, creating special effects for the price of green food coloring and Bromo Seltzer, etc., I think its beauty is in the telling of the history of Troma and the courageous band of ... wait, I thought I was talking about Hogan's Heroes for a minute. Anyway, don't buy the book only for the nudity. Buy it because you want to know about real independent movie making. Besides, it's so funny you'll wet yourself or at least the person next to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    You probably won't regret buying this book

    I think i may have lost a few brain cells reading this book..but isn't that what a good book is supposed to do? Buy the book, support independent cinema and give Lloyd all your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2002

    Troma, the best independent film makers of all time!

    If you are a true die-hard fan of Troma movies than you have to have this great book telling you how they make movies and how much fun it is to be a part of the Troma staff. If you like The Toxic Avenger than you will love this book by Lloyd Kauffman. For Troma fans everywhere i reccommend this book to anyone with a great taste on independent films!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Troma-rific!!

    It would be a crime if I did not mention to the world how wonderful Lloyd Kaufman's book is. It is on a level most books only dream of reaching, and has been an inspiration to me in my own writing. It incorporates elements of film, horror, comedy and wit and does it with an essence of class, Troma style! This is by far one of the best books ever written and needs to be turned into the next Bible...well, at least for those of us who live in Tromaville.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2000

    Kaufman is a very quotable filmmaker!

    I bought this book expecting a hilarious commentary on filmmaking. This is what I found. Lloyd Kaufman, Founder of Troma films, is hilarious. He tells about the hardships of the early years of Troma, to Oliver Stone raping his Vietnamese potbellied pig. All in all, a very good read for an awesome price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    The greatest book ever

    Well, okay, perhaps not the greatest ever, this is a very sad, but true, story of one man who created a movie studio in order to produce some of the greatest movies ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    Gory Goodness

    Kaufman has done his business proud. In his movies he confronts such issues of nuclear tecnology and violence on a medium that draws attention. Finally an insight.

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