Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Poultrygeist Needs Your Help

Poultrygeist needs your help-So does independent art!
Body: Lloyd Kaufman's CALL TO ACTION! The Troma Team needs your help-So does independent art!

Greetings from Tromaville!

For 32 years, the Troma Team and I've been making our own brand independent films far removed (and happily in that truth may I add) from the Hollywood cookie-cutter system. Some of our films have been great and some of them have been, well, "Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD". But what can be said about all of them is that they have been memorable.

Our newest film, Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead is our best film yet!

And yet I fear it's doomed to failure or worse: to be completely ignored.

You see, for years people have heard me complain that Troma's films (that's right, I said film.. 35mm film, damnit!!) have long been shut out of the system.. marginalized or just plain dismissed. Blockbuster won't carry us. The major theatrical chains won't play us. The press won't even call us back when we ask them to watch our films!

You might chalk this rant up as just another "Lloyd's roids" type rant, but consider this: Twenty years ago Troma was just one of over thirty truly independent film companies. Ten years ago, Troma was just one of twenty truly independent film companies. Today, Troma is the ONLY truly independent film company left.

Why is Troma that last man standing? Now this is not boasting, quite the opposite in fact.. For I feel that we too are not long for this celluloid coil.

Poultrygeist deserves at least the attention that some lesser films (e.g. "Snakes On A Plane") backed by the majors get. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into making this film (mostly belonging to the dedicated crew who worked for nothing but crappy food and a love of indie cinema) and a lot more bodily fluids will be excreted from my pores if this film goes the way of my last couple. And even though we know this film to be among our best, truthfully there is no way for us to compete (promotion wise) with the majors to prove .. At least there is no way that will not cost $50 million.

Much like production of the film itself, we need the help of dedicated, innovated, driven people to volunteer their time and creativity into forming a grass roots marketing campaign, which can raise awareness about this film!

But this is NOT just about Poultrygeist! This is about sending a message, perhaps spawning a movement! If we can wake up the world and show them that there are more choices than what the fast food conglomerates have to offer, we can birth a sort of artistic revolution, where once again the little man can get his art seen by the masses without selling his soul to the masters.

With your help, we might just be able to make Poultrygeist a success. We might be able to get the press to cover it, or movie theaters to play it. We might be able to get people to consider it for long enough to realize what a unique and great film it is!

So I get down on my knees, and ask you a favor. If Troma has ever made you laugh, or smile, or vomit: could you spare the time to consider the following list, any item of which could help us spread the word?

BY ANY (legal that is) MEANS NECESSARY!!!!

1) Can you add Poultrygeist to your Top 8 friends? http://www.myspace.com/poultrygeistmovie
(*Also, list the movie in your favorite films!)

2) Can you watch and vote on the YouTube clips we have up?

3) If you have a website or a blog, can you encourage your readers to support the film? Maybe even repost this letter!
The MySpace link is http://www.myspace.com/poultrygeistmovie
And the YouTube clips are at http://youtube.com/results?search_query=poultrygeist&search=Search

4) Create your own fan sites! We will link them with all of ours!

5) Create your own stickers, stencils and posters and tag the country!!!

6) And if you have any other ideas, or suggestions, of how we can create awareness for this film, let me know at lloyd@troma.com! I'm new to this web world, and I'd be really grateful for any help!

7) Finally, and this is the most important part... can you consider forwarding this email to everyone you know? That would be the biggest help.

Thanks for your support! Poultrygeist was made almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers around the world -- from the food served on set, to the 500 cast members. I'd hate to let these people down with a great film that no-one sees.

Unless you help get the bird.. err word out, the swan song of my 40 year career may be just another zombie chicken musical which no one gives a cluck about.

Thank you for anything you can do!

Yours Tromatically,


Thursday, November 02, 2006

The House On Sorority Row Review

Director: Mark Rosman

Cast: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy, Harley Jane Kozak, Jodi Draigie, Ellen Dorsher, Lois Kelso Hunt

I absolutely adore slashers. I've probably mentioned that way too many times, but it's true and I will continue to say it until everyone knows it.

I love watching an unknown killer, whether he's wearing a mask or not...slicing and dicing through flesh, especially those of stupid young college students...sorority girls to be exact. I'm not jealous of the sorority girls, even though I know for a fact that I would've never been excepted by any of them...but I digress.

I was picking out some horror films to watch for the past Halloween season...well, just a few days ago and I saw my copy of THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW. I know it's on DVD, but I don't have that version, I just have the old Vestron Video that I had gotten from ebay a few years ago.

Vestron used to release some great horror flicks back in the day until they went out of business, but I'll talk about that at a later time. Maybe I'll write an article or something..that would be quite cool.

Anyway, back to my review of THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW.

A group of girls decide to stay a bit longer in their sorority house to get prepared for their graduation party.

However, their house mother is dead set against them staying there as she always closes up during the summer months.

After a terrible run-in...basically one of them was caught having sex and the girl's waterbed was slashed to pieces...it's decided that they will play a cruel prank on the woman. However, the prank goes awry and the woman ends up dead.

In a panic, the girls try to hide the body by covering it up and sinking it at the bottom of the pool.

Things seem to be going ok, but that's an understatement as someone knows what they did and they want to get revenge.

One by one, the girls begin disappearing (we know that someone is killing them) until there's only one left to confront this madman. Or is it madwoman?

I guess you'll have to find out what happens when you watch THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW.

As stated earlier, I love slashers. I really can't express that enough. However, I didn't say that the slashers from the 80's are the absolute best. I just think they are a slice of cheesy pie...hehe! I would rather watch a slasher from the 80's then all the crap that is being released these days...indies not included in that statement.

THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW is a great slasher piece from the 80's that I really enjoy. It's quite cheesy and the death scenes are pretty gory, especially the one scene where you see a girl's head in the toilet. You just don't see scenes like that anymore!

This film is one of Eileen Davidson's earlier roles. Who would've thought that she would now star in one of the most popular daytime soap ever (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS)? I guess from watching her performance in this movie that you can see that she had potential from back in the day to become a huge success. She had that bitchy role down pat, I must say...hehe! Plus she had a brief sex scene too and yes, she does appear nude...topless mostly...hehe!

Anyway, I highly recommend THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW. If you love cheesy slashers then seek this flick out. You won't be disappointed!