If Mother Nature hasn’t already shaken you to the core, and you find yourself in need of a good scary movie this Halloween, New York’s Troma Studios have got you covered. Most known for the cult classics The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Troma holds the distinction of being the world’s longest running independent film studio. They’ve recently uploaded over 200 of their films for free viewing on YouTube, some of which are musicals (or is that musi-kills?) which perfectly fit the budget of anybody looking for a great soundtrack to go with their scares. We’ve gone through their extensive catalog and have chosen our five favorites.
Cannibal! The Musical 1996
Years before he won the hearts of Broadway and took home multiple Tony awards for The Book of Mormon, “South Park’s” Trey Parker took his first crack at a musical with his college film Cannibal! The Musical. A legitimately delightful romp featuring original music, all composed by Parker himself, Cannibal! The Musical is the most fun you’ll have learning about the cannibalistic Colorado legend Alfred Packer. Underground film fans will also love the cameo by the late Stan Brakhage.
Rockabilly Vampire: Burnin’ Love 1996
Can’t decide if you would rather watch a vampire movie or something with Elvis? Let Troma solve that problem for you with Rockabilly Vampire: Burnin’ Love. The story of a girl trying to prove Elvis exists, who falls in love with a veritable doppelgänger for “the King,” who turns out to be a vampire–it’s the ideal love story for people who didn’t find the Twilight saga to be particularly swingin’ enough.
Frostbiter: Legend of the Wendigo 1996
The late Stooges guitarist and frequent Iggy Pop collaborator Ron Asheton stars here in Frostbiter: Legend of the Wendigo. A winterized re-imagining of the Evil Dead films, Frostbiter contains all the dark humor and gore you would want from a bone-chilling isolationist horror film, with the perfect mix of a great soundtrack and stop-motion animation that makes for ideal holiday viewing.
Superstarlet AD 2000
A post-apocalyptic Rocky Horror Picture Show, John Michael Montgomery’s Superstarlet AD is the tale of an Earth dominated by tribes of burlesque dancers who fight off cavemen in search of the pornography of yesteryear. The distinctly Memphis soundtrack makes Superstarlet AD a memorably catchy venture through one of the most glamorous wastelands in cinema history.
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead 2006
Troma president Lloyd Kaufman was at the helm of this horror-comedy-musical which continues the studio’s tradition of environmentally-conscious messages with biting social commentary. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead in an honest-to-goodness musical critique of the fast food industry that contains fun, original songs as well as the best reference to Ice Cube’s The Predator album you’ll see in a movie this year.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 30, 2012