Planet Mutoid, Virgin Beasts at Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, France (AP) _ Introducing at the world’s most prestigious film forum: ``Space Freaks from Planet Mutoid″ and ``Romeo: Love Master of the Wild Women’s Dorm.″
Troma, Inc. _ makers of such off-the-wall titles as ``Surf Nazis Must Die″ and ``Space Zombie Bingo″ _ is back at Cannes Film Festival with more gore, a flood of blood and plenty of cheesy sex.
``Romeo: Love Master of the Women’s Dorm″ is about how ``titillating temptresses torment Romeo with their torrid love tutorials,″ according to the film’s trailer.
``Tomcat Angels,″ about a group of sexy fighter pilots, ``is a unique, comedic blend of action above the skies and under the sheets.″
Then there’s ``Virgin Beasts,″ set in post-nuclear Sydney, Australia. ``It’s a blend of vegemite and dementia ... deadly games to transform Sydney into one giant post apocalyptic erotic party you’ll never recover from.″
Get the picture?
A Troma release premiering in Cannes is ``Blondes Have More Guns,″ about cool but dimwitted detective Harry Bates (Michael McGaharn) and his partner Dick Smoker (Richard Neil) tracking a twisted chainsaw killer.
``It’s like `Naked Gun’ meets `Basic Instinct’,″ says McGaharn, 34, a comedian from Pasadena, Calif.
It’s peppered with fast-paced, cornball dialogue. When Harry investigates a crime scene, staring at a blood-spattered wall and seeing an abstract giraffe.
``It’s blood, Harry.″
``No, it’s negative.″
And so on.
Troma president Lloyd Kaufman, who has a penchant for loud neckties and bright socks, says New York-based Troma is being taken more seriously. Paris’ prestigious Cinematheque Francaise did a Troma retrospective last month, examining ``Bloodsucking Freaks″ and the ``Toxic Avenger″ series.
An investment by the Swiss holding company Richemont AF helped set up Troma Team Video six months ago and will release Troma fare on video.
``There’s more to our success than women in bikinis and monsters,″ Kaufman says. ``We have a vision of humanity that is unique,″ with each film focusing on conspiracies by the elite to manipulate ordinary people.
Kaufman’s now at work on his pet project, ``Tromeo and Juliette.″
In development for four years, it will be set in modern-day New York and filmed entirely in iambic pentameter, he said. ``It features the stunts, special effects, mutations and meltdowns that Shakespeare always dreamed about.″