Troma in Terrific Transition

'Father's Day' (Blu-ray)

by Bill Gibron

31 August 2012

 
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Father's Day 2011 (Blu-ray)

Director: Astron-6
Cast: Mackenzie Murdock, Adam Brooks, Connor Sweeney, Matthew Kennedy, Brent Neale, Amy Groening

(Troma Entertainment)
US DVD: 14 Aug 2012 (General release)
UK DVD: 14 Aug 2012 (General release)

For a while, we were worried. Troma, those titans of pure independent cinematic art, looked to be in trouble. After spending untold millions trying to make Poultrygeist a mainstream success (and getting screwed by the Establishment distribution bureaucracy in the process), it looked like Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz’s dream of an ongoing outlet for envelope pushing entertainment was slowly disappearing. Sure, for nearly 40 years, the company has championed some of the most amazing works of weirdness ever to grace the supposedly silver (and eventually, small) screen. They introduced us to some highly original moviemakers, as well as bringing us their own iconic entries, like The Toxic Avenger, The Class of Nuke ‘Em High, and Terror Firmer. Yet, as the new millennium rolled around, the company seemed incapable of keeping up. The titanic failure of Tales from the Crapper didn’t help.

Thus began an unusual business strategy. Kaufman took to college campuses around the world, offering Master Classes (and companion DVD and book releases) on how to Make Your Own Damn Movie and Produce/Direct/Distribute same. He made himself available for cameos and/or mentorship for other filmmaking wannabes. He opened up the Troma vaults and championed file sharing and other “alternative” means of getting his movies seen. He’s even started to license titles (Mother’s Day, Toxic) for…perish the thought…Hollywood remakes. Yet what fans really want is more of the madman’s method insanity, those twisted take on the terror/titillation tropes we’ve come to expect from the label. Luckily, Kaufman stumbled upon the brilliant Canadian creative conglomerate, Astron-6. One look at their mind-blowing major release, Father’s Day, confirms its place in the movie studio’s mythology…and future.

Father's Day 2011 (Blu-ray)

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