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Terror Firmer

4.3 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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Honored at film festivals the world over and revered by tromites and tromettes worldwide, Terror Firmer is an unforgettable look into the set of one of Troma’s movies of the future! Featuring director Lloyd Kaufman in the role of blind director Larry Benjamin, Terror Firmer tells the story of a low budget film crew trying to make The Toxic Avenger Part IV, only to find themselves stalked by a sexually confused killer! A satirical schock-comic tro-masterpiece, Terror Firmer stands as the tro-magnum opus of blood, breasts, gore, satirical laughs that will stick with you forever! And that’s not even including the extra features! A second disc features the feature length making-of documentary, "Farts of Darkness," which is must-see viewing for anyone interested in making their own damn movie! With over two hours of extra features, Terror Firmer delivers the troma-riffic goods!


"'Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer' meets 'Living in Oblivion' through the eyes of Frank Carpa." -- -Mark Cummings Film Topics

"Troma has definitely out-Tromaed themselves… without a doubt money well spent." -- –Chris Mayo, DVD Crypt

"Troma's latest effort shows that after 25 years, they can still make ‘history’ and ‘art..’" -- -Brian Bertoldo, Film Threat

"…made me flinch, and I've seen 47,000 of these things. 31/2 stars. Joe Bob says check it out." -- -Joe Bob Briggs, Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with commentary
  • Enhanced play option to piece back in deleted scenes
  • Alternate scenes
  • Trailer
  • Comic-to-film comparison
  • Actors' auditions
  • Bloopers
  • Video game
  • DISC 2
  • Full Length documentary
  • Music videos
  • Interviews
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Lloyd Kaufman, Will Keenan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056L2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terror Firmer" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
Terror Firma is an independant film made by Troma, one of the last (if not THE last) small time movie companies left in the United States. You should purchase this movie if for no other reason than to support independant film. But once you do buy it, what will you get? An incredibaly funny, very violent, and fairly titilating movie.
I was talked into watching this movie by an aquantance. Never having seen a Troma film, I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it would be a low budget slasher flick with lots of fake blood. I was mostly wrong. It turned out to be a very funny and interesting satire on the movie industry, movie making, and society in general. (While also being a slasher flick with lots of fake blood.) I haven't laughed as much at a movie in years.
As for the acting, while most of the actors will never utter the words "I'd like to thank the Academy," the female lead, Alyce LaTourelle, was simply excellent. I was surprised to see someone with as much talent in a low budget picture like this one. She is destined for bigger pictures, but not nessisarily better ones.
The Extras: The DVD is a two disc set that as some of the best extras of ANY DVD I've seen (an I have hundreds.) Most "making of featurettes" are nothing but the actors talking on the set about how excited they are to be making the movie, with clips from the movie thrown in. This DVD has a 90+ minute movie showing the whole process from the first day of shooting to the premier. I would have paid ... for this alone. They also have many deleted scenes, alternative scenes, and bloopers. There's footage of the actors auditioning for the movie (when's the last time you saw that on a DVD?) But wait, there's more!
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"Terror Firmer" is yet another seedy contribution to the world of cinema by the gang at Troma films. Lloyd Kaufman, the founder of Troma, continues to offer up films loaded with soft-core sex, sickening gore, and acting so bad that it makes a home movie look like a Shakespeare production. Kaufman's best known film is "The Toxic Avenger," a 1985 release that, despite the bizarre premise, succeeded beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Troma took the modest success of "Avenger" and promptly ran it into the ground with a series of stupid sequels and shameless self-promotion. To a great extent, "Terror Firmer" is itself a means of promoting Troma and its no budget films.

"Terror Firmer" is a film about making a film, namely a behind the scenes look at the making of "The Toxic Avenger Part 4." In the process of creating yet another sequel in the Toxic Avenger franchise, we learn that a serial killer is hunting down members of the cast and crew. Kaufman himself stars as the blind (yes, blind) director of the film, interacting with cast and crew members played by Debbie Rochon, Alyce LaTourelle, Will Keenan, Kaufman's real life daughter, adult film star Ron Jeremy, Lemmy from the thrash band Motorhead, and Troma co-founder Michael Herz. Many of these people appeared in other Troma films, so "Terror Firmer" seems to be a sort of reunion/chef-d'oeuvre for Kaufman and company.

The idea behind "Terror Firmer" is to show how difficult it is to make a low budget film. We constantly see the trials and tribulations that actors and crew face during a shooting schedule. Apparently, romances always blossom on a film set, as does professional jealousy. Throw in a pain-in-the-you-know-what prima donna leading lady and you have a typical day in the movie business.
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I'm a fifteen-year-old Troma fan, and Lloyd Kaufman is a hero of mine. He was coming to Cleveland to show Terror Firmer at the Cinematheque and have a short discussion beforehand. I was extremely disappointed that the theatre said that under absolutely no circumstances will anyone under 18 will anyone be admitted into this movie. Disappointed, I wrote a letter to Lloyd and attatched a copy of an essay I wrote about how he was my hero. To my surprise, someone from Troma's offices called and arranged for me to meet Lloyd one-on-one at the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame. To make a long story short, Lloyd spent the afternoon with me, and he was by far THE nicest, kindest person I've ever met, and he encouraged me to persue my passion for film. He gave me one strong word of advice: Don't see Terror Firmer. Now that I own it on dvd (*hah*) I know exactally what me meant. I cannot believe that the same gentelman made this movie, and was the one cursing througout the documentary. The whole point of this story is: This movie has no stops. It's even sicker than the conversations that highschoolers have at lunch. I love it. And if you're interested in filmmaking, the commentary tracks and documentary are an absolute must, as they've given me more insight to the filmmaking process than any other dvd or book. It's a must-have.
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This is my first Troma purchase and may I say, what a film company! Judging from this film and other trailers found on this dvd I must say that Troma (as sick as some may say it is) is truly an artistic film company.
Terror Firmer takes place on the making of a film. The film is on the making of a film. While this film is getting made there is someone killing off each member of the crew one by one in pretty sick and brutal ways. I don't know what else to say except that THIS MOVIE ROCKS! No other movie out there has ever had me cringing and laughing at the same time. Aside from all the humor in this film (which could have been just a little better) there is some great gore effects, some of the best I've actually seen in a long time (surprisingly because this isn't a big budget picture). There is also lots of great softcore sex and nudity and basically everything people love to see but are too afraid to admit they do.
The extras are unlimited. There are trailers from other sick upcoming troma films, music videos (featuring even more xxx material) and a one and a half hour "Making of" Documentary on the making of Terror Firmer. And may I say this is definitely the BEST making of documentary I've scene of any making of featurrette on any film ever! Why? Because it's real. While other making of's are showing you interviews of people talking about how great their co-actors and directors are, this one doesnt have any of that fake stuff. It shows you deep behind the scenes with actors getting angry, the director screaming at everyone, and bloopers throughout. If you love sex, gore, violence, sick jokes or anything of this nature DO NOT PASS UP THIS FILM! Buy it now because I guarantee you won't be dissappointed with it!
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