Terror Firmer

1999

Terror Firmer

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Troma Team Pictures, the company that brought you such classics as The Toxic Avenger, When Nature Calls and Class Of Nuke 'Em High, takes a look inside the making of a "typical" Troma release with Terror Firmer, directed and co-written by Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman, who also appears as the director of the film-within-the film. Here, Kaufman (whose character is blind, which would explain a lot about Troma's product) and his crew are making a willfully sleazy horror flick, complete with monsters, gore, gratuitous nudity and loud rock 'n' roll, when a serial killer appears who doesn't happen to be in the script. Terror Firmer is based in part on Kaufman's 1998 book about his career with Troma, All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger, and includes a plug for the upcoming Jane Austen's Schlock and Schlockability (possibly a follow-up to 1996's Shakespeare variant Tromeo and Juliet).

Cast

Lloyd Kaufman
as Larry Benjamin
Sheri Wenden
as Mysterious Woman
Debbie Rochon
as Christine
Yaniv Sharon
as Naked P.A.
Charlotte Kaufman
as Audrey Benjamin
Gary Hrbek
as Toddster
Joe Fleishaker
as Jacob Gelman
Ron Jeremy
as Casey's Dad
Lyle Derek
as Asshole P.A.
Tracey Burroughs
as Edgar Allan
Édouard Baer
as French Cool Cat
Joseph Mallera
as French Cool Cat
Roy David
as Jeff/Toxie
Barry Brisco
as Stephen
Darko Malesh
as Nikolai
Anthony Hayden-Guest
as Toxie's Father
Jen Miller
as Script Girl
Eve Crosby
as Jennifer's Mom
Don McGregor
as Video Company Exec
Jim Salicrup
as Video Company Exec
Theo Kogan
as Theodora
Michael Levine
as Guy Beaten by Leg
Wendy Adams
as Police Officer Woman
Lisa Gaye
as Casey's Mom
Matt Stone
as Hermaphrodite
Trey Parker
as Hermaphrodite
Jonny Spanish
as Mad Cow-Boy
Dan Truman
as Nerd P.A.
Lemmy
as Television Inteviewer
Joe Franklin
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Terror Firmer

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Audience Reviews for Terror Firmer

  • Jan 27, 2011
    This is another B movie Schlock fest from the Troma studio. Its silly, stupid & Lloyd Kaufman (the guy that usually comes on in the beginning of the movies) plays a Blind director. Tehre?s a serial Killer on the loose & the movie crew is dropping left & right. Well as usual the gore is up there, the boobs are there & LMAO there?s one silicone slut that well. Mm how can I put this? she got upgraded, then downgraded! Lol?This was at least funny. I do love the B-movie scholock on the occasion. B
  • Jul 08, 2010
    So Lloyd Kaufman makes some of the trashiest movies, and he has been doing so for 30 plus years. From Toxic Avenger to this movie Terror Firmer, Lloyd has never altered his approach to making films. He even has a book All I Need To Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger. So what is so special about this movie? This movie seems to be the culmination of his life's work. The movie is loosely based on the before mentioned book. The movie is about a gender confused killer that is wreaking havoc on a movie that is in production by a blind director, played by Lloyd Kaufman himself. I believe that the movie pays homage to many films that Kaufman and Troma put out to this point. The movie is a Trash film, a Z-Movie if you will. It looks like the budget was no more than 5 bucks. That is the beauty of the movie, that is what makes this movie what it is. This movie is low budget, and by low budget I mean $500,000. That is low, really low. The movie is gory & disgusting. There are multiple killings in the movie that are really pretty awesome, and creative. One that comes to mind has to do with an escalator. The movie is also just filled with sex. This movie is one penis away from just being a gory horror porn. I would recommend this movie to anyone who just smoked a fat one and wanted to chill out with some friends and laugh. I am going to give this movie a 2 of 10, it made me laugh and it was really pretty creative, but the movie is too low budget. The movie loses itself a lot, and you forget where your going. This is not the best Troma movie. This is no Toxic Avenger, or Sgt. Kabuki Man N.Y.P.D. this movie really stands on its own. Trash-plotation S!D A Tribute to all Troma Films Features the Toxic Avenger
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2010
    Troma pushes all boundaries proudly! Kaufman is a personal hero of mine (and certainly of countless Americans): Instead of going mainstream and being seduced by the money, he got stuck eternally to the toilet humor and the mentally sick gore he so much embraced since the founding of this splatter/comedy company. Terror Firmer is glory, especially when an escalator plays a part in one of my favorite death scenes ever. See first the Unrated version and see galons of blood fly mindlessly; afterwards, proceed with the R-rated version to see Kaufman laugh at the MPAA!! The whole world is meant to be tromatized! When had you seen this side of meta-film, huh?? Huh?!?! 64/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2009
    Indy directors schooled in shock had two options when Hollywood stepped in and stole their thunder with bad taste comedy hits like THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and American PIE. 1. Become like John Waters, lose your edge and deliver much tamer (and much more bland) stabs at the establishment or... 2. Up the ante in terms of nihilistic gore, nudity, amorality, cruelty and cheap toilet gags. Lloyd Kaufman has, with this film, undoubtedly established himself as the poster boy for the latter. So possessed is this man to disgust, offend, shock and give viewers an alternative to good, decent, Speilbergian entertainment, he has whipped out a film that includes, but it certainly not limited to, dismemberment, decapitation, impalement, castration, breast mutilation, urination, scat, puking, incest, rape, child molestation, drug use, cheesy sound effects, flatulence, deformed sex organs, full nudity (male and female), a fetus ripped from a womb, soft core sex and gore-dripping overkill in any and every other possible department. I must say, that it's a hectic, erratic, messy film, but I was never once bored while watching it. Since the story takes place around the set of an independent movie (invaded by a hermaphroditic serial killer who hacks his/her way through the cast and crew in an effort to shut down the production) we also get some commentary on how the film industry works (and how it doesn't) and on the comedic virtues found in the lowest of low human behavior. All four of the leads (Will Keenan, Alyce LaTourelle, Trent Haaga and Debbie Rochon) are great. Kaufman himself also shows considerable on-screen appeal as Larry Benjamin, the aloof director of the film in question, who also happens to be blind, an idea copied by Woody Allen for his acclaimed (but apparently not all that original) film Hollywood ENDING in 2001! Fair enough to say that not everyone will be able to endure TERROR FIRMER, but be grateful someone has the audacity to slap Tinseltown in the face by beating them at their own game. The video and DVD both contain deleted scenes and outtakes and are available in uncut or R-rated versions. Watch for a cameo by SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Motorhead's Lemmy during an amusing end credit sequence.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer

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