8 Troma Films That Deserve a Remake More Than the Toxic Avenger

By Jon Gutierrez in Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, May 9, 2011 at 8:03 am
If you're a fan of schlock-film studio Troma, then you've probably heard that there's a big-budget remake of The Toxic Avenger in the works, for some reason. We say "for some reason" because we can't think of any way a remake is going to improve on the original. Is there any more moving way you can portray the torment of geeky Melvin Ferd than dressing him in a tutu and pushing him into a container of toxic waste? And do we need updated special effects to better convey the emotional impact of a guy getting a milkshake stirrer rammed into his throat?

No we do not. The original film is amazing/horrible exactly the way it is... which isn't to say that some of the other movies that Troma's released over the years couldn't make some kick-ass remakes. In fact, giving one of Troma's lesser-known works a big-budget remake with modern special effects seems incredibly perverse... but exactly the sort of thing Troma loves to do. Here are our picks!

8) Class of Nuke 'Em High
It's the classic story: A bunch of high-schoolers smoke some weed from a nuclear power plant, mutate into crazy bikers and fight a giant, mutated miscarriage that feeds on human flesh. Is there any word in that description that you don't want to see in a big summer blockbuster? (Well, maybe "miscarriage.") And is there any way that couldn't be made amazing with today's special effects? Apart from that aforementioned miscarriage, of course. They can leave that part out the second time around.

7) Surf Nazis Must Die
In a fairly post-apocalyptic future, roving gangs have taken over California, including the titular "Surf Nazis," who each even take traditional Nazi names like Eva and Adolf. These days, a lot of filmmakers (most famously Stephen Spielberg) have been shying away from the great cinematic tradition of using Nazis as bad guys because they don't want to be too flippant about World War II (frankly, we think WWII vets would love to watch Nazis get massacred like blonde fish in an Aryan barrel). So, to avoid any historical connotations, what we need are movies where neo-Nazis get gunned down left and right, particularly on surfboards. Preferably by a sassy old African-American woman with a huge handgun. Sounds like Oscar material to us.

6) Children at Play
When a group of kids get recruited into a cannibal cult and start murdering their parents, townspeople have to hunt them down with shotguns and pitchforks. While that's an amazing premise, it definitely suffers from lousy special effects especially in the awkwardly slow child massacre scene, where it's clearly just regular kids shoved in front of the camera and pretending to fall down. In today's level of Saw-level of realistic gore, can you imagine how truly disturbing this film would be if you actually thought they were sticking pitchforks through country bumpkin 10-year-olds? I'm not sure you could actually sit through it, but the world would be a better place for having this in it.

5) Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D.
If there's one Troma movie that has a more ridiculous premise than The Toxic Avenger, it's got to be Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D., a film where a New York cop discovers he has the "super-mortal power" to turn into a giant Japanese stereotype. There's no way that story isn't insane... so why not make it even more ridiculous by throwing a giant Hollywood budget at it? Because the only thing more ridiculous than heat-seeking chopsticks would be knowing that they blew more money on that one effect than they'd spent on the entire budget of the original.

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