How Gore Outlives The Mainstream


After the sudden shut down of the legendary Benderspink almost two years ago, those of us who are into the whole mainstream horror movie scene, were left with the comfort of the ever growing Blumhouse entertainment, Circle of Confusion, Twisted and some more. The giant who was with us for eighteen awesome years and gave us first and best 2002 The Ring and ridiculous Zombeavers, rode peacefully into the sunset, but the future of horror as we know it still managed to look bright.


2017 came and gave us Split, Get Out, IT, the new Insidious chapter, and a few big franchises became bigger, as someaverage to good sequels, such as The Leatherface and The Jigsaw, were made. Don’t get me wrong,I was happy as much as the next horror fan when Jeepers Creepers3 finally hit the theater, but now that I look back, the movies that gave me the most joy in 2017 were the ridiculous, weird ones. Mayhem, The Babysitter, The IceCream Truck….That made me think of one infamous place we all know and love, the place where nightmares are made and ridiculed, the Toxic Chemical Capital of the World – Tromaville.


Many came and left during these past few decades. Some of them became huge and when they fell the earth shook, others left slowly without making a sound. The one constant that was always there to wave them off (or at least throw a bucket of blood at them) was Troma Entertainment. On a steady shock exploitation course since 1974, Troma gave us some marvelous gory gems such as The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet, Cannibal! The Musical, and my personal favorites, Nuke ’Em High movies.Troma also had the sense to recognized some then rising talents. J. J. Abrams, David Boreanaz, Billy Bob Thornton, Samuel L. Jackson, Carmen Electra and many more, showed off their early acting skills in Troma Entertainment movies. One of many was the Oscar winning director Oliver Stone, who had his acting debut in The Battle of Love’s Return.

So, if you’re tired of the same old plots and cheap jump scares of the mainstream production, I warmly recommend Stephen Lang’s, Junk Bonds: The Return of Junk Bucket, or the Ken Cosentino’s, Dead Inside, both are available on blue ray. And, yeah, Cosentino is the kid that did the weird and amazing Crimson: The Motion Picture. Clench your thirst for some good old bloody fun, until the next charming mainstream hit comes along and whisks you off on a journey you’ve been on a thousand times before.





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