On Friday, October 30th, the final evening of "Tromaween" (the retro horror series that is taking place all month long at the legendary Bel Aire Diner), the Troma Team is presenting a sneak preview of #ShakespearesShitstorm as a double feature with it’s spiritual sequel Tromeo and Juliet (screenplay and co-produced by James Gunn - Guardians of the Galaxy, Suicide Squad)!
Director Lloyd Kaufman says "#ShakespearesShitstorm was filmed in Queens over the Summer of 2018 and the Bel Aire Diner acted as caterer as well as late night home base to the Troma Team so it was only fitting that we return to present a sneak preview for Tromaween! We’re honored to be presenting our finest work with the finest Diner and Drive-In in all of NYC!"
In the film, "Prospero (played by director/co-writer Kaufman), a brilliant and generous pharma-scientist, has had his life and career ruined by blind, greedy, perverted pharmaceutical execs, causing him and his very hot daughter Miranda to flee from NYC to Tromaville, New Jersey. When the evil execs and their elite guests take a celebratory luxury cruise to North Korea, Prospero uses his science, magic, and a load of whale laxative to create the titular Shitstorm, wrecking the cruise ship and causing its execs to wash up on the shores of Tromaville. Prospero’s planned a brutal revenge – with all the sex, mutations, musical numbers, and violence that Shakespeare always wanted but never had!"
#ShakepearesShitstorm marks the most ambitious project in Troma's 45 year history (and Kaufman's 50th year as a filmmaker). Working with one of Hollywood's best special effects companies, Eric Fox & MorbFX (as seen on Syfy’s "Face Off") in conjunction with Troma alumni Doug Sakmann, Troma brings a whole new visual experience to their stylized brand. Having a bigger budget also brought about larger scale on-location filming in Albania (a first for narrative feature films in the country) as well as a celestial orchestral score from Portugal and a little help from the Bard. With over 1,000 gallons of fake bodily fluids used throughout the production, Shakespeare has never been this raw and unfiltered.
The movie had its world premiere at the virtual Fantasia Film Festival 2020 to rave reviews and has received similar praise at festivals around the world including Le Estrange Festival (France) Slash Festival Des Fantastischen Films (Vienna) and La Nuit Fantastique (France). Festivals coming later this month include MonsterFest in Australia on October 29th.
#ShakespearesShitstorm is directed by Kaufman with screenplay by Brandon Bassham (writer and director of the more recent Troma hits Feartown U.S.A., The Slashening and its sequel The Slashening: The Final Beginning.
Produced by Justin Martell, John Brennan (producers of Return to Nuke Em High Vol 1 & 2) and Troma’s first lady Pat Kaufman (married to and working with Lloyd for over 46 years). Co-produced and SFPX supervised by Doug Sakmann (working with Kaufman for over 20 years as producer, as well as company mascot Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.).
"It was through this team of people with such a deep history and understanding of the Troma Team that the magic of #ShakespearesShitstorm was created."
The cast for the film includes Erin Patrick Miller (The Jungle of Accounting), Kate McGarrigle (Odd Man Rush), Amanda Flowers (Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space), Abraham Sparrow (I Am Legend), Dylan Mars Greenberg (Evil Everywhere), Debbie Rochon (Bloody Ballet), Zoe Geltman (Rare Birds of Fashion), Zac Amico (Amityville: Vanishing Point), Monique Dupree (Remnants), Frazer Brown (Cursed Films) and Kaufman himself in the dual role of both the mad scientist Prospero and his thieving and deceiving sister Antionette.
For more information, check out the flyer below and visit www.belairediner.nyc to grab a ticket!