Top 10 Troma Entertainment Movies

Uptight moviegoers look elsewhere, in this house we celebrate gold no matter who releases it.

By Chris Coffel Published October 11, 2022

October is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “31 days of horror.” Don’t bother looking for it; It is true. Most people think that means highlighting one horror movie a day, but here at FSR, we’ve taken that to a spooky level or nine by celebrating each day with a top ten list. This article on the best Troma movies is part of our ongoing series. 31 days of terror lists.

troma entertainment proudly presents itself as a leader in independent and low-budget filmmaking. And with good reason. Founded in New York in 1974 by lloyd kaufmann Y Miguel Hertz, Troma has been giving filmmakers free rein to do as they please for nearly fifty years. Initially starting out with raunchy teen sex comedies, Troma quickly developed a knack for producing B-movie horror comedies. Of course, Troma’s productions don’t appeal to everyone. To many, the Troma films are crude, childish, and generally done in poor taste. While all of those descriptions certainly apply, it does sell a lot of short Troma movies. After all, the company’s mascot is an ecological superhero determined to rid the world of toxic waste.

However, Troma does much more than produce its own films. Uncle Lloyd and his crew scour the world for movies that need distribution. Over the years, they have helped many movies find their way into theaters or home video. I bet you would never have guessed that the good people of Troma played a key role bringing my neighbor totoro to American theaters for the first time!

As part of this year’s 31 Days of Horror Lists countdown, we’re celebrating all things Troma by ranking its top ten movies. For clarity, we consider any film that was released under the Troma brand at some point, regardless of whether or not it was a Troma production. Sorry Totoro, you’re just a theatrical release through a Troma subdivision!

Join Rob Hunter, Anna Swanson, Meg Shields, Brad Gullickson, Jacob Trussell, Valerie Ettenhofer and me on a tour of Tromaville!

10. Sgt. NYPD Kabukiman (1990)

Sergeant Kabukiman NYPD

It pains me to start this list with such a huge regret, but that’s what we’ve done. New York Police Sergeant Kabukiman, We have seriously disappointed you. Henry Griswold is an NYPD detective investigating a series of murders involving kabuki actors. One of the dying actors blesses him with the powers of kabuki, and so Sgt. Kabukiman is born! Kabukiman New York Police Sergeant is a goofy farce of offensive vulgar humor slapstick and visual jokes. But it’s Troma in its purest form, and it’s a lot of fun. My favorite scene involves a thug stealing a car stereo, then leaving a sign hanging in the car window that says “stereo not on board.” Golden comedy! (Chris Coffel)

9. Watch out! Children Playing (1989)

Watch out for children playing

An unapologetic riff on the boys of the corn, Troma’s (haha) childhood horror outing sees a horde of brainwashed kids raise hell in the woods of New Jersey. Children are disappearing and local adults are horrified to learn that their little ones have been taken to a cannibalistic place. Beowulf cult (no, seriously) led by a mentally disturbed boy who watched his father die a slow, agonizing death in a bear trap. Fortunately, a UFO-obsessed novelist, clearly the most qualified man for the job, is on the case.

I’m not going to lie to you. The reason that Beware! What’s on this list is that it features one of the most straightforward, no-holds-barred endings of any movie, Troma or otherwise. Believe it or not, the cult of man-eating boys meets a grisly end at the hands of angry adults, who use the film’s final moments to absolutely slaughter the shit of child killers with guns, pitchforks, axes, beer bottles, planks of wood… you name it. That’s how it is Beware! Children playing a good movie? Of course not. But you have to respect its unflinching ending that says, in no uncertain terms, fuck the kids. (Mega Shields)

8. There is nothing out there! (1990)

there's nothing out there

the Scream The franchise has seen a surge in popularity recently, but if you want to see a movie that directly inspired Wes Craven’s original classic, look no further. rolf kanefsky‘s there’s nothing out there. Sure, the film is a goofy romp filled with ludicrous deaths and a little rubber monster that feels right at home in Troma’s cadre of characters, but Kanefsky is a horror fanatic first and foremost, and he applies that knowledge directly in this movie through the character Mike, foreshadowing Randy’s meta-humor in Scream. Kanefsky’s film is a love letter to horror fans, knowingly lampooning the tropes we all recognize while offering continuous commentary on everything the group is doing wrong, like ignoring one warning sign after another that they’ve just enter a horror movie. If you call yourself a Scream fan, then you must add this to your Halloween watch list. (Jacob Trussel)

7. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

The Toxic Avenger

You can’t overstate what a feeling The Toxic Avenger It was in the eighties. The movie came out and it was a bomb. However, continued exhibition in New York and the home video market transformed superhero satire into a cult phenomenon. The film would not only spawn sequels, but cartoons and action figures as well. Long before I saw the movie, I pitted my plastic Toxie against my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and He-Man toys. They were the best of friends.

Currently, we are waiting The Toxic Avenger to make his comeback. Is that Macon Blair remake still happening? We need it. Since its release in 1984, the superhero aesthetic has become absorbing. we are more prepared for The Toxic Avenger to bring down the genre than ever. She should do it brutally. Furthermore, the world is falling apart as a result of our inability to recognize our impact on the environment. So yes, Toxie is the crusader we deserve. (Brad Gullickson)

6. Nuke ’em High Class (1986)

nuke em high class

Nuke ‘Em High class follows the students of Tromaville High as they try to navigate adolescence while dealing with the effects of attending a high school next to a nuclear power plant. Tainted weed, mutant babies in the toilet, and an honor society turned school gang are just a few of the complications these poor teenagers must deal with. Nuke ‘Em High class it’s a gooey, melty movie that will gross you out unless low-budget practical effects are your thing. It ends with a phenomenal freeze frame and sets the stage for a franchise that has, to date, spawned four sequels. (Chris Coffel)

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Chris Coffel is a contributor to Film School Rejects. He is a connoisseur of Christmas horror, a Nic Cage fan, and bad at Rocket League. He can be found on Twitter here: @Chris_Coffel. (he/he)

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