Greetings from Tromaville!

Uncle Lloydie here. I have been making independent films for over 50 years, fighting to create art in the face of the mega-conglomerates who have a chokehold on the content and distribution of the pablum you see in theatres today. I've written six books on filmmaking and I've presented my “Make Your Own Damn Movie” master classes globally from Oxford University to Singapore -- I want nothing more than to help young filmmakers succeed! So, ASK ME ANYTHING.

2018 will see the theatrical release of my latest film, Return to Return to Nuke Em High aka Vol. 2 and this summer I am starting the principal photography of my next film, a Tromatized version of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest", Shakespeare's Shitstorm. Like Tromeo and Juliet, this upcoming movie will have all the car crashes, drugs, sex, and green fluid melt-downs that Shakespeare always wanted but which Queen Elizabeth forbade!!

There's lots to talk about. I can't wait to answer your questions.

Thank you to everyone who participated for all the fanTOXIC questions! That was a lot of fun. xolkxo

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Am-Fear-Liath-Mor31 karma

I remember that you were in an Angry Video Game Nerd episode. What was it like working on that with James Rolfe?

TromaTeam29 karma

He's the best person in the world! He'll be attending the Philadelphia Premiere of "Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High aka Volume 2"! tomorrow at The Trocadero!

PennsylvaniaWeirdo12 karma

It seems like it's been a really long time since backers got an update on Occupy Cannes. Can you tell us how the film is coming along?

TromaTeam6 karma

Great question! Well, it took 7 years to finish "Return to Return to Nuke Em High Vol 1&2 so like fine wine, nothing before its time. BUT, I, we, and the whole team thank all you incredible supporters from the bottom of our hearts. And in fact, check the indigogo page for an update... we're posting a sizzle soon!

Mattymike11 karma

Fuck one, kill one, marry one Toxie, Sgt. Kabukiman, Oprah?

TromaTeam28 karma

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

Joe_Fryman10 karma

Will you be collaborating with Achievement Hunter anytime soon? They're looking to set something up!

TromaTeam12 karma

Keep your eyes peeled ;)...it's in development!

ScatteredDot9 karma

Has there been a shared Tromaverse? I'd like to see the class of Nuke 'em high take on the Toxic Avenger.

TromaTeam29 karma

Watch Citizen Toxie! Kabukiman kicks Toxie's ass! Then Toxie kicks his own ass! And Terror Firmer, Class of Nuke Em High: Subhumanoid Meltdown You can find it on TromaDirect.com where we are no longer selling assault style weapons.

thelordcaptain8 karma

I have a question you might find odd!

How does a writer who's confident in his work find the right new filmmaker to pair work together with? What would you say are the most important qualifications of your field, to someone on the other side?

TromaTeam12 karma

People who've come out of Troma, all the overnight sensations you might have heard of, James Gunn, Eli Roth, Trent Haaga, etc have all spent the better part of a decade writing and sending out script after script after script.. so keep writing and the filmmakers will find you...

highrisedrifter7 karma

Speaking as a British actor now in Los Angeles who grew up on Troma movies, where do you cast from?

TromaTeam11 karma

We cast out of our office in Long Island City, but just for you we'll move the production to LA for your audition. Casting has now begun for Troma’s next movie "Shakespeare's Shtstorm", based on "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare. "Shakespeare's Shtstorm" will be directed by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and Creator of The Toxic Avenger!

Non-Union Feature to be shot SUMMER 2018, NY/ NJ AREA Long hours, low/no pay, great experience!

We are now casting principal roles! Some nudity required for roles, similar to R-rated nudity. Open auditions will be held at Troma Headquarters in Long Island City.

ALSO GREAT ROLES FOR: Unusual Males and Females ALL TYPES AND ETHNICITY, ALL SIZES

Do you have a unique physical attribute? Do you have a collectible car, motorcycle or other unusual vehicle? Do you have an exotic animal?

Now is your chance to showcase it and immortalize it on film!

For details and to reserve a timeslot to audition please contact [email protected]

GroovyWitch6663 karma

What's the first thing you did when your eyes opened this morning, yo?!

TromaTeam6 karma

tried not to let my wife see the puddle of puke I woke up in.

MickeyG427 karma

My favorite Troma movie is killer Condom. How involved were you, or did Troma just distribyte? And will there be a freeze A list Toxie remake?

TromaTeam14 karma

I had nothing to do w KILLER CONDOM But I have used some Killer Comdems

zeopop7 karma

Have you read the book, "Everything I Know about Business and Marketing, I Learned from The Toxic Avenger"???

TromaTeam10 karma

Yes I have and I LOVE the intro in that book.I hmany timeave masterbated to the author's picture...

zeopop5 karma

You mean the Foreword to the book, which you wrote? Are the lessons shared in the book and the behind the scenes stories about Troma real?

TromaTeam4 karma

Yes all is real! even the part abt abt the Oscar

BotchedMoonsault7 karma

I once got swindled out of 30$ by the guy that played Toxie at a comic convention. I am still bitter. Any words of comfort?

TromaTeam5 karma

That was the Toxie we fired.

TromaTeam6 karma

He was a douche and that might've been the Toxie that we fired on the Toxic Avenger Part II, and he was a douche. What convention was it?

RubiesBoobies1236 karma

Uncle Lloyd, can I use you as a reference on my resume?

TromaTeam23 karma

Only if you're gay

bmovieguy1236 karma

Lloyd, who are the influences that really impact your approach to film making ?

TromaTeam12 karma

Chaplin, Keaton, John Ford, Bernie Sanders, Twiggy and of course, Kenny G

bmovieguy1236 karma

Lloyd, can you provide your take on the Emma Goldman quote "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." ?

TromaTeam13 karma

Emma GoldMAN had her head up Karl Marx's BUTT! The real reason why we have the clown car in the White House is because people did not vote.

audiofreak4226 karma

Lloyd! I saw you were still in touch with James Gunn? What do you think of his Guardians of the Galaxy and did he, at any point, try to convince/bribe you to go into the studio system? And what was your answer? Are you maybe just a bit tempted? :)

TromaTeam13 karma

James Gunn is the BEST...He masterbated on my desk and has just invited me to be in his next movie! I will stay in Tromaville---no big studio wants me...

Crimcrime695 karma

How was George W. as a classmate?

TromaTeam6 karma

Took a bath with him once a week and we could never figure out why he was running around the Yale campus looking for weapons of mass destruction.

Sunderpool5 karma

What is your opinion of The Asylum?

TromaTeam6 karma

The asylum in which was committed beat me w a wooden spoon. I am in Sharknadow so I love the movie company

Mst3kjedi5 karma

Seeing as How James Gunn made Tromeo and Juliet, can we expect and Lloyd Kaufman or toxie cameos in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy?

TromaTeam7 karma

Ask James Gunn. @jamesgunn He did offer me a cameo in the film he currently producing...

nipsandtucks4 karma

Hi! Lloyd was there a film growing up that made you enjoy gore?

Also can I kiss your butt?

TromaTeam8 karma

The horrors in the newspapers are crazier than any movie If U want to kiss my butt, find me on Grinder also I am big at THE MANHOLE CLUB.

iamjordanbecker4 karma

Have you seen RoosterTeeth’s Theater Mode on some of your movies? It’s my only exposure to them and really let me appreciate them!!

TromaTeam5 karma

Theater Mode and I did Tromeo and Juliet live at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin! Rooster Teeth has it archived somewhere

Royal-Tenenbaum813 karma

Hey Uncle Lloyd, when you retire, who will take over Troma?

TromaTeam8 karma

when I make a noise like a frog, I believe that Kansas Bowling and Parker Love Bowling will run the business.

kidneyboy793 karma

Hello, Mr. Kaufman! My question is about the Redneck Zombies VHS tapes; how many copies were made of the original and the Troma Collector's Edition? It's so hard to find a good looking copy of the original VHS!

TromaTeam6 karma

350,000 copies were made. six were sold!

wolfflame213 karma

In regards to rising filmmaking talent. Who do you think will be apart of the next generation of great directors in the horror genre?

TromaTeam3 karma

Trent Haaga (68 Kill), Brandon Basham (Feartown USA and the Slashening), Eric Manche and Jeff Nitzberg did a great film we are releasing called Slimed, Sam Mason Bell also is getting current great reviews for Industrial Animals. You can subscribe to Troma Now at www.watch.troma.com to see some of these and more "movies of the future"!

LickMyWalls3 karma

Do you enjoy visiting the Prince Charles Cinema in London? Also, when's the next time I might see you there? You're a huge inspiration, Lloyd. Thank you!

TromaTeam6 karma

Before I reappear at the Prince Charles Cinema, I will appear at the Princess Diana Cinema , where we will re enact the famous Paparazzi in the Tunnel chase scene from Vol2 of RETURN TO RETURN NUKE'EM HIGH aka Vol2 opening in LA March 8 Laemmle Fine Fartys Cinema in Bev Hills and NOHO , which has the syllable HO in it.

CaptainKinzel3 karma

Hello Mr. Kaufman! I’m a huge fan of your work. Thank you for doing this!

I have a few questions for you:

  1. If you didn’t get into filmmaking, what else do you think you would be doing?

  2. Are you and Astron 6 On bad terms after Father’s Day? Do you mind me asking what happened?

  3. Will you read my script?!

TromaTeam6 karma

If you didn’t get into filmmaking, what else do you think you would be doing? Selling shoes. Are you and Astron 6 On bad terms after Father’s Day? Do you mind me asking what happened? nah, saw them recently and they all love Troma... and I love the The Void. Its even better than Father's Day!! Will you read my script?! of course. send it to Troma. 36-40 11th St. LIC, NY 11106.

MC_Cryptid3 karma

In 2010 we met in Amsterdam and shot an interview video (thank you so much for your time!). During the interview you yourself filmed us and gave us some questions of your own. Whatever happened to that material? Do you still have it?

TromaTeam12 karma

It all can be found on younghairlessasianboyz.com

nhgerbes3 karma

I've always wanted to create a B grade low budget movie what do you think the best way to go about that is?

TromaTeam6 karma

Read my books or get a copy of Make Your Own Damn Movie with a special spring breeding sale of Troma's best on www.tromadirect.com

hellashite3 karma

Which one of your movies did you enjoy making the most?

TromaTeam6 karma

ENJOY? R u kidding? Watch POULTRY IN MOTION ,BTS of POULTRYGEIST Free on Troma Movies on Youtube FREE! You r clearly a Russian bot.

Toonedbob3 karma

Hi Lloyd, I'm an animation producer/director who has a pitch for an adult swim type of animated series for one of your properties. Is that something that would interest you and if so, what would be the best way to present it to you?

TromaTeam3 karma

we have made several cartoons...all are free on Troma Movies on Youtube...watch them FREE and then contact me on Twitter @lloydkaufman

SFWorker3 karma

Can you describe the best footage you've recorded that isn't movie related?

Also, what was your very first film?

TromaTeam4 karma

Yes! my famous interpretive dancing when I was the stand-in dance partner for jacques d'amboise rehearising for Balanchine in 1983. The dance ended up in Stuck on You -- available free on Troma's you tube channel.

My first movie: "The girl who returned" -- also available for free but its completely unwatchable. It was put up solely to embarrass me.

aprilloveinkedgirl2 karma

Hi, Mr. Kaufman. How do you find out about auditioning for one of your productions?

TromaTeam4 karma

Like this...Casting has now begun for Troma’s next movie "Shakespeare's Shtstorm", based on "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare. "Shakespeare's Shtstorm" will be directed by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and Creator of The Toxic Avenger!

Non-Union Feature to be shot SUMMER 2018, NY/ NJ AREA Long hours, low/no pay, great experience!

We are now casting principal roles! Some nudity required for roles, similar to R-rated nudity. Open auditions will be held at Troma Headquarters in Long Island City.

ALSO GREAT ROLES FOR: Unusual Males and Females ALL TYPES AND ETHNICITY, ALL SIZES

Do you have a unique physical attribute? Do you have a collectible car, motorcycle or other unusual vehicle? Do you have an exotic animal?

Now is your chance to showcase it and immortalize it on film!

For details and to reserve a timeslot to audition please contact [email protected]

ThatAussieGeek2 karma

Troma films aren’t in the Apple store here (Australia) or any of the streaming services. Any plans to change that?

TromaTeam5 karma

Troma Now is our streaming service and should work out there in the bush! Go to www.watch.troma.com

TromaTeam5 karma

Make sure to check out Virgin Beasts! You won't want to miss it, it's unlike anything else

moparhippy4202 karma

Lloyd! I live just south of jersey. Wanna grab a beer? Also i have no acting experience, probably suck at acting, i rememeber some lines to movies ive seen like100 times, so i think i would be perfect to be in one of your movies.

Can i? Even just as a background extra. I dont care. Ill do it for free, any role, just to say i was in a troma film. That would be fuckin sweet.

TromaTeam7 karma

Only if you're gay

bobg662 karma

When are you going to have that talented Bob Gray (Bigfoot) direct or act in one of your films? I hear he's quite good.

Bob Gray

TromaTeam5 karma

Gray is the %0 shedes of hotness...so come join us! Shaespeare's Shit storm is next...this summer filming

Dan_Gleeballz2 karma

Did I see you at the Manhole last Wednesday?

TromaTeam3 karma

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

longrodvonhuttendong2 karma

Hey thanks for making a reddit post. What is your favorite movie poster from troma films? I really like the return to nukem high vol 1 poster myself. Violence, gore, and scantily clad women, all in one!

TromaTeam3 karma

Stuck On You... have you seen it? Bootilicious.

riviking832 karma

Hi Mr. Kaufman, any job openings at Troma?

TromaTeam2 karma

We have two open spots for observer volunteers here at Troma Entertainment in Long Island City, NY! Work closely with me and The Troma Team. Gain experience helping on shoots, working in the Troma office, and editing promotional videos. This is a great chance to network, make contacts, add the Troma name to your résumé, and potentially work on Troma's next film "William Shakespeare's Shitstorm"! While local editors are preferred, editors can also edit remotely. Please contact us for more details! #filmschool #livethedream

duffil2 karma

Hi Lloyd!

How are you still alive, and what's your secret? You look the same as always.

And to finish, "that's Thor, baby. The god of love. "THUNDER!"

TromaTeam2 karma

Thanks for the compliment a glass of Cat Tranquillizer is my secret to long life also Pls see Vol 2 of RETURN TO RETURN TO NUK'EM HIGH. The film is all abt making 60 year old people look young! The Fartain of Youth, or the Fountain of P Youth!

Staygoodoutthere2 karma

In your opinion, what was the best film you ever produced?

TromaTeam3 karma

Michael Herz says unequivocally and without question "Return to Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 2" opening tomorrow in Philadelphia and next week in Los Angeles.

lambofgun2 karma

why do i feel funny after watching Terror Firmer?

TromaTeam2 karma

While you were watching it, Kevin Spacey came up from behind and touched your little puppet

lambofgun1 karma

fantastic, it was more of a magical experience then i realized!

TromaTeam1 karma

haha! good one!

TromaTeam2 karma

Terror Firmer is is suddenly flying off the shelves and in many Film Festivals etc only 20 years too late!

crypticthree2 karma

When you picked up the rights to distribute Cannibal: the Musical, did you have any idea how big Matt and Trey would become?

TromaTeam4 karma

I knew how big they would become because Matt was 7 inches erect, and Trey was so Big, you wouldn't even believe me!

bmovieguy1232 karma

Do you think that Hollywood through media consolidation and rising digital technologies has essentially ceased to exist? and by the way thank you for sticking up for the spirit of independent filmmaking. You are an inspiration

TromaTeam5 karma

The media conglomerates are getting rid of net neutrality, the last democratic medium. We nerds should let our congressmen know that this will virtually end the artistic freedoms that allow Troma to have boobs, blood, and shakespeare all in one film!

rule2productions2 karma

Uncle Lloyd! I just met you in Toronto at the Return to Nuke 'em High double bill! It was a real honour. Tell me: what's your favourite piece of Troma merchandise that has ever been made?

TromaTeam4 karma

The Official Kabukiman NYPD Jock Strap Drink Flask

Brakywaki2 karma

What the hell do I have to do to get in on Shakespeare’s Shitstorm considering I’m completely broke and all the way in Texas?

Also, who do I have to fellate for a blu-ray of Terror Firmer and when should I expect the fellatio to happen?

TromaTeam5 karma

Blu ray TERROR FIRMER is in the works! Do I blow you!

TromaTeam2 karma

Good News! We will most likely shoot over the summer, and as shitstorms go I'm sure it'll travel to you, especially one coming from Tromaville!

TromaTeam2 karma

by the by, I am interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in working on shitstorm.

Practical FX people, CGI artists, set builders, art directors, people interested in general crew positions, etc.

you can contact [email protected]

hobbitmobbit1 karma

Hi Lloyd!

Big fan. I'm an aspiring writer-director who has made a few short films. Is there any way for me to send spec scripts to Troma Entertainment?

Class of Nuke em high is a masterpiece btw.

TromaTeam5 karma

Send your script to Troma 36-40 11th St. Long Island City, NY 11106

It cold here and we need materials for the fire... just kidding.. We read them all. send it!

ClaytonVsMovie1 karma

How do I hire Uncle Lloyd to be in my movie? One day on set, in Michigan. I sent you an email requesting information, day rate, etc.. I’ll buy you a ticket, is coach okay? Motel 6?

TromaTeam1 karma

Contact me on twitter @lloydkaufman

bmovieguy1231 karma

What modern film makers do you think are offering an alternative vision and or approach to film making that up and coming filmmakers should take notice of ?

TromaTeam2 karma

The greatest visual artist of my lifetime was Stab Brakhage. and then watch Troma's Hearts of Fartness, the first horror comedy VR movie starring our very own Toxie

Seahawks_121 karma

Do you watch any of the Achievement Hunter 'Theater Mode' videos and if so, is there a particular one you found good?

TromaTeam2 karma

The Theater Modes are always brilliant, and the Tromeo and Juliet one is my favorite, for I was cracking the most jokes with some cracked heads on screen

Royal-Tenenbaum811 karma

If you were to adapt a play or novel in a non-Troma style, what would that work be?

TromaTeam3 karma

Pal Joey by Rogers and Hart...with boobs, blood, and mutations.

Royal-Tenenbaum811 karma

Eliminating the cost of film vs digital, which do you prefer?

TromaTeam3 karma

Well, I up until the premiere of "Return To Return To Nuke Em High Vol. 2" tomorrow in Philly and next week in LA, I preferred 35mm but now that these babies are out in the world, I think the Alexa is better than a 35mm film camera.

misscharliebond1 karma

Hey Uncle Lloydie! What 3 personal qualities, for either cast or crew, would you say are the most appreciated when on set in Tromaville? xCB

TromaTeam3 karma

That's a good question. If you read my books you'll see that sometimes enthusiasm and loyalty to the project outweigh talent...at times. Remember to make a Troma movie you have to sleep on the floor and defecate in a brown paper bag...so Robert DeNiro isn't exactly begging to be on our set. He prefers to defecate in plastic bags.

m_i_taiwan1 karma

Did you like Taiwan when you traveled there?

You're a real inspiration and a true artist! Thank you for being there for the rest of us! Can't wait to see RTRTNH Vol.2 tomorrow!!

TromaTeam1 karma

Taiwan was and is GREAT. The only democracy that is Chinese

Chriscartagena751 karma

Hey Mr Kaufman! I hope all is cool! What question have you not been asked or rarely been asked? What would be your answer to that question be? Very much obliged! Chris

TromaTeam3 karma

Here's one: How many carpenters does it take to build a Troma set? a: Hell if I know, but we need some. That's a fact.

Calling all carpenters/builders/set designers interested in helping build sets for the next Troma feature film release.

This is an incredible opportunity to work closely with legendary independent filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman and The Troma Team responsible for underground classics like "The Toxic Avenger", "Tromeo and Juliet", and "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead". Troma Entertainment is the longest running independent movie studio in the world having made films for over 44 years.

We need all hands on deck to build the interior of a yacht (see what we did there?) to be used in an avant garde adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

This a low budget feature and compensation is similarly low. However, if things go well, there is chance to receive a prominent screen credit and make memories that will last a lifetime.

If you are interested in constructing sets for a feature film, please contact [email protected]

TromaTeam3 karma

"Is Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol 2 will be playing in Philadelphia and Los Angeles?" And my answer would be Tomorrow at the Trocadero Theater starting at 8pm. Also the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverley Hills on March 8th! From the 9th-15th we will be showing the film at the NOHO 7 Theater in North Hollywood

GroovyWitch6661 karma

Have you ever had anal worms?

TromaTeam4 karma

Yes and I got them from some person at the Manhole Club named something like GroobyGitch666 but they mumbled their name because my cock was in their mouth.

Mst3kjedi1 karma

I just want to say I Absolutely love your movies. many a dark time in my life has been helped to pass by the absolutely absurd things coming from troma. I even do a 30 days of Troma horror every october and go through your catalog and review the movies. I even watched the student film you made! I just wanted to genuinely thank you from the bottom of my heart. any chance of you filming filming near Long island/NYC In the near future?, I'd love to be an extra. or maybe just help you keep stuff running since I work in IT.

TromaTeam1 karma

Casting has now begun for Troma’s next movie "Shakespeare's Shtstorm", based on "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare. "Shakespeare's Shtstorm" will be directed by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and Creator of The Toxic Avenger!

Non-Union Feature to be shot SUMMER 2018, NY/ NJ AREA Long hours, low/no pay, great experience!

We are now casting principal roles! Some nudity required for roles, similar to R-rated nudity. Open auditions will be held at Troma Headquarters in Long Island City.

ALSO GREAT ROLES FOR: Unusual Males and Females ALL TYPES AND ETHNICITY, ALL SIZES

Do you have a unique physical attribute? Do you have a collectible car, motorcycle or other unusual vehicle? Do you have an exotic animal?

Now is your chance to showcase it and immortalize it on film!

For details and to reserve a time slot to audition please contact [email protected]

TromaTeam1 karma

and if you live in LIC, come visit Tromaville for a tour! Contact me on twitter @lloydkaufman and we'll show you around where THE MAGIC HAPPENS!

piercelyndale1 karma

What is the name of the video where you do the Troma Trample dance? It looks like its early 90's, its you Michael Herz and some sexy Tromettes.

TromaTeam3 karma

That dance was eventually made into the opening scene of LALA LAND So U cn watch that scene there

Chriscartagena751 karma

Hey again! Apologies for being unaware but can a short film that is under 5 minutes be submitted to Troma for Tromadance Film festival 2018? Again......very much obliged Mr Kaufman!

TromaTeam2 karma

No problem--Tromadance.com for info

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TromaTeam2 karma

Hiragana? Kabukiman only know, Whoragama

urkelisblack1 karma

Lloyd, big fan, my father actually got me interested with toxie as a kid, and I watched crusaders when it aired. My question, do you still keep in contact with Giuseppe and what ever happened to the bathrobe boxset?

TromaTeam1 karma

Well, Harvey stole the bathrobe and except for some well fertilized potted plants, the rest is sad sordid history.

Nottoohappy0 karma

Are you going to come to the Telluride Horror Show this year? Are you just going to use 'not being invited' as an excuse not to come again?

TromaTeam4 karma

can't pay the airfare...Telluride Tell ur ride I tip well