Troma Trivia Tuesday From Fangoria Magazine Managing Editor Mike Gingold

Q: What was the original title of the Troma Classic THE TOXIC AVENGER?
A: ???

We caught up with Fangoria Magazine Managing Editor Mike Gingold.  We were lucky he made time for us between being interviewed by the New York Times  as their go-to horror film expert and preparing for his upcoming role as a key panelist at TROMADANCE 2011!

Mike is a true Troma historian, and he clued us in to some early Troma Trivia!

Q: What was the Troma Classic THE TOXIC AVENGER originally called?  

Do you know?  Post your answer here in the comments or send us an email at

Check back in, we’ll post the answer, straight from LLOYD KAUFMAN here at the end of the week.




Tromadance is less than a week away!  April 22 and 23rd at Ashbury Park, NJ.

TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art – in all its forms – is for the people!

TromaDance features a range of films made independently, usually without big stars, big money and far removed from the Hollywood studio system. The official selections of TromaDance have been made with nothing more than passion, courage, integrity, and raw talent.

Everyone at TromaDance is treated as an equal. The elite and the celebrated are treated no better or worse than the experimental filmmaker or the random moviegoer off the street. Admittance to all screenings, panels, parties, and events is strictly on a first come, first served basis. If there are any VIPs at TromaDance, they are the filmmakers whose blood, sweat, and hard work are on the screen.

TromaDance is an opportunity for everyone who’s ever picked up a camera to have their work seen without the compromises required by elitist cartel interference. TromaDance is proud to be the first and only film festival of the people, for the people, and by the people

See you next weekend!

Toxie in Yemen

Tensions are growing in Yemen – If you’ve been keeping up with the headlines, the country is verging on Revolution.  So what is the problem? In some ways, it boils down to a huge population of young people who feel like they have no opportunities, and so they are standing up to the government, run by a man named Saleh.

Can’t we all relate? You, dear readers, like us, and like Toxie, are likely young, and excited for life, we all want opportunities, you want jobs, you want to work, to live cool lives.

Meanwhile, back here in the US, all the newspapers ever seem to say about Yemen is that it is a playground for Al Qaeda.  But Toxie didn’t buy this.  He had a feeling there was more to Yemen, that it was one of the oldest most historic places in the middle east, if not the world, and he wanted to see for himself what the place was really like.

So Toxie went to check out Yemen.  He got his passport, got his visa (no easy feat for an American) and made a trip to see for himself.

Check out below, Toxie’s photo documentary and videos from his recent trip to Yemen.   Friendly people, awesome food, cool buildings, emerging artists.  TOXIE LOVED IT! and wants to share with you another side of Yemen, and beleive us, it has nothing to do with anything toxic or terrorists.

Toxie talks with Yemenis in the main square.

Toxie loved the typical Sana’a Yemen architecture.

Note the strict rules – absolutely No smoking, no guns allowed in restaurants or office buildings.


We spent the afternoon with MIKE GINGOLD, Managing Editor of Fangoria Magazine and longtime TROMA EXPERT (More to come on our cerebral Troma discussion with Mike soon) and we are psyched that he is going to be a TROMADANCE 2011 Panelist to share his expertise on Selling Your Movie in the Age of Digital Revolution!

Gingold is teaming up with Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton, John Goras (Chirpy), legendary Queen of Independent Cinema Debbie Rochon , and New York State Film Commissioner Pat Kaufman (Otherwise known as OUR MOM!) on this awesome Tromadance panel moderated by none other than Lloyd Kaufman, (who also plays a dual role as OUR DAD!)

Now that the digital revolution has allowed all of us to make our own damn movies, how do we live off them in a media world controlled by giant conglomerates?

Find out at TROMADANCE 2011!

The 12th Annual Tromadance Film Festival ( Bringing the best in independent cinema to New Jersey. April 22-23

Tromemoir artist Tukel hit it big at SUNDANCE!

Check it out! The above masterpiece by Onur Tukel is featured in the Sundance hit SEPTIEN, staring Tukel who as you may recall happens to be our fave Tromemoir Artist, and winner of the Tromemoir THREE SIBLING SELECTION for this awesome illustration:

When we checked in recently with Onur, he had some exciting news to share with us.    He is co-starring in the independent feature film SEPTIEN, Which premiered at Sundance in January.

Check out the Sundance website which features SEPTIEN, the 79 minutes, 16mm film written and directed by Michael Tully and story by Michael Tully, Robert Longstreet and Onur Tukel.

Eighteen years after disappearing without a trace, Cornelius Rawlings
(Michael Tully) returns to his family’s farm. While his parents are
long deceased, Cornelius’s brothers continue to live in isolation on
this forgotten piece of land. Ezra (Robert Longstreet) is a freak for
two things: cleanliness and Jesus. Amos (Onur Tukel) is a self-taught
artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. Although back home, Cornelius
is still distant. In between challenging strangers to one-on-one
games, he huffs and drinks the days away. The family’s high-school
sports demons show up one day in the guise of a plumber and a pretty
girl. Only a mysterious drifter can redeem their souls on 4th and
Triple-threat actor/writer/director (and disturbingly gifted athlete)
Michael Tully creates a backwoods world that’s only a few trees away
from our own, complete with characters on the edge of sanity that we
can actually relate to. A hero tale gone wrong, Septien is funny when
it’s inappropriate to laugh, and realistic when it should be
psychotic. Goooaaaaaaaaal!

Congrats Onur on such a huge success!