Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma Entertainment has made a name for itself by bucking Hollywood trends. The company’s films are made with shoestring budgets, storylines designed to appeal to an audience’s most basic instincts, and an utter disregard for society’s notions of “decency.” Most crucially though, Troma’s films are very fun, which is far more than we can say for most $150+ million blockbuster efforts slapped together in a Hollywood backlot.
In keeping with this trend of flouting Tinsel Town conventions, Troma has taken to YouTube over the past few months to upload 150 films spanning the company’s surprisingly immense catalogue of movies. Now fans can watch “classic” Troma flicks like Rabid Grannies, and Poultrygeist free of charge, on demand and as often as they’d like. Unfortunately, this collection of free movies doesn’t include many of Troma’s most famous films — there’s no Toxic Avenger, no Class of Nuke ‘Em High and, most depressingly, no Surf Nazis Must Die – but that’s understandable, at least from a fiscal standpoint, as these films are the ones most likely to generate huge bags of cash at some point in the future and releasing them totally gratis would be detrimental to Troma’s ability to generate profits from these properties.
However, as if to make up for this noticeable lack of the studio’s most popular films, YouTube’s Troma Entertainment channel also includes a number of older films the studio has been distributing. Films like White Zombie (a 1932 movie starring horror icon Bela Lugosi that is widely regarded as the first entry in the “zombie movie” subgenre) and the endearingly terrible Shark, a Jaws clone that inexplicably features Burt Reynolds, back when the man could still draw swoons from female fans with the slightest hint of his hypnotically bushy chest hair.
Now we’re not saying that this is the greatest collection of cinematic masterpieces in history — far from it; these movies are objectively terrible — but we are urging anyone who has never been exposed to a Troma film before to take advantage of the firm’s generosity as soon as possible. Despite their flaws, Troma’s movies all have a deliriously entertaining sense of mayhem, and if you have the desire (and intestinal fortitude) to discover something wholly unlike the mainstream pabulum Hollywood has been regurgitating en masse for the past century, then now will likely be your best opportunity.
That said, we should probably drop a “Not Safe For Work” disclaimer here to prevent any of you from firing up one of these flicks in front of your boss. The people who work at Troma could probably get away with it, and we have to imagine that these movies wouldn’t really faze those who work in slaughterhouses, but if you’re a typical cubicle worker who spends your days grinding away on depressingly meaningless paperwork your boss probably won’t be too keen to join an impromptu screening of Zombie Werewolves Attack!