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AFM 2017 Exclusive: German Poster for Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV and New Film Announcement

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Patrick Ewald, Jonathan Barkan, Shaked Berenson, Pat Swinney Kaufman, Lloyd Kaufman

Fresh out of Santa Monica’s American Film Market, we’ve got some news for all you Troma fans! I got the chance to sit down with Lloyd Kaufman, who not only gave me some fun information but also shared with us a gorgeous poster for Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV ahead of it hitting theaters for the first time in Germany! You can see the strangely beautiful, although still quite gruesome and disgusting poster below.

We’ve also exclusively learned that Troma is doing its own version of The Tempest, which Kaufman tells me will be in the style of Tromeo and Juliet! We weren’t told when the film will come out, but Kaufman seems really excited about returning to the world of Troma-meets-Shakespeare

These bits of news comes in the midst of The Toxic Avenger Musical, written by Joe DiPietro with music by Tony Award winner David Bryan (Bon Jovi), which is playing in London’s Arts Theatre.

Some other noteworthy pieces of information: Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High AKA Volume 2 will be opening in February 2018 at two Laemmle theaters in Los Angeles. Additionally, Kaufman wanted to make sure you all knew about two really important streaming channels for Troma…

The first is Troma Now, which is a paid subscription service that brings two to three world premieres per month as well as curated classics from the Troma library that are handpicked by Kaufman himself.

The second is Troma’s YouTube channel, where they upload their movies for people to watch for free. The channel is updated week-by-week with films as well as “Kabukiman’s Cocktail Corner” and Kaufman’s own series “Make Your Own Damn Movies” lessons.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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