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Michael Herz

Highest Rated: 100% Mutant Blast (2018)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

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Michael Herz is a producer, director and screenwriter, who formed the independent film production and distribution company Troma with Lloyd Kaufman. The duo is well-known for making sexually graphic, violent, gory, but comedic and campy low-budget exploitation movies that play on 1950s horror film conventions. Their most famous work was the cult classic franchise "The Toxic Avenger," which includes three films Herz and Kaufman both co-directed and co-produced. "The Toxic Avenger" series follows the adventures of a hapless janitor who becomes a superhero through an accident with toxic waste. Herz and Kaufman's 1986 comedy horror film "Class of Nuke 'Em High" featured students who experience alarming physical mutations because of their high school's proximity to a toxic waste dump. This film spawned two sequels and became a cult classic in much the same way as "The Toxic Avenger." Herz and Kaufman worked with writer/cartoonist James Gunn on the critically acclaimed "Tromeo and Juliet," a bit of a departure in that it's an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," but still featured Troma's quintessential overt sexuality, violence, and quirk--exemplified by the choice to have Lemmy from metal band Motörhead narrate the film. With the fast food industry satire "Poultrygeist:Night of the Chicken Dead ," Kaufman adapted the script, produced, and directed, while Herz only acted as one of the producers. The film, which centered around trapped people under attack from chicken zombie demons inside a fast food restaurant, has received more critical praise then any other film in Troma's history.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shakespeare's S...storm Executive Producer - 2020
100% No Score Yet Mutant Blast Producer - 2018
No Score Yet 71% Return to... Return to Nuke 'Em High AKA Volume 2 Producer - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical Executive Producer - 2011
64% 65% Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead Producer $23.0K 2006
No Score Yet 0% Slaughter Party Executive Producer - 2005
No Score Yet 83% Virgin Beasts Executive Producer - 2005
No Score Yet 29% Tales From the Crapper Executive Producer - 2004
No Score Yet 56% All the Love You Cannes! Producer - 2002
67% 65% Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV Producer - 2001
No Score Yet 60% The Rowdy Girls Producer - 2000
80% 76% Terror Firmer Producer $1.4K 1999
No Score Yet 0% Alien Blood Executive Producer - 1999
No Score Yet 14% Bugged Executive Producer - 1996
No Score Yet 61% Tromeo & Juliet Producer - 1996
No Score Yet 22% Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid Producer - 1994
No Score Yet 56% Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D. Director,
Producer
- 1991
No Score Yet 26% The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie Director,
Producer
- 1989
0% 32% The Toxic Avenger, Part II Director,
Producer
- 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortress of Amerikkka Producer - 1989
20% 61% War Director,
Producer
- 1988
20% 49% Class of Nuke 'Em High Producer - 1986
70% 63% The Toxic Avenger Director,
Producer
- 1984
No Score Yet 20% The First Turn-On! Director - 1983
No Score Yet 32% Stuck on You Director - 1983
No Score Yet 21% Waitress! Director - 1982
No Score Yet 15% Squeeze Play Producer - 1981