We all know the combat cliché - war is indeed hell. But so is filmmaking, that is, if you ask Troma chief and all around champion of independent art, Lloyd Kaufman. Not only would he argue that any conflict - political, personal, or philosophical - is absolutely pointless, but it’s painful as well. All throughout the bonus features for the recently released “Tromasterpiece Collection” version of the studio’s seminal Troma’s War, the infamous filmmaker complains about the production clashes that almost cost him his movie - and his sanity. From less than professional actors to constant complaints about shoddy food service and “third meals”, this brilliant satire on man’s unbridled bloodlust and the sovereign satisfaction of same stands as one of their best - no matter the final box office.
Yes, Troma’s War was a bomb, and that’s something the Kaufman and clan just can’t get over. Frankly, such a status is understandable when viewed through the middling eyes of the mainstream, but almost impossible to fathom when it comes to balls-out geek fandom. For all its outright liberal leanings, this film falls right smack dab in the middle of American road, an offering that celebrates carnage and killing (actually setting a record for most squibs used in a major motion picture) while arguing against such outright aggression. Indeed, Troma’s War is a crackpot inconsistency, pro and anti, a delicious dark comedy that’s often vile and mean-spirited, a standard action flick flecked with all manner of Kaufman’s bad taste comedy conceits. Together, these impossible parallels deconstruct everything we love about the genre while reinventing the way we view the enemy, and ourselves.