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Shakespeare's Shitstorm
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USA 2020
produced by
John Patrick Brennan, Justin A. Martell, Michael Herz (executive), Lloyd Kaufman (executive), Patricia Kaufman (executive) for Troma
directed by Lloyd Kaufman
starring Lloyd Kaufman, Erin Patrick Miller, Abraham Sparrow, Kate McGarrigle, Amanda Flowers, Debbie Rochon, Zoë Geltman, Dylan Greenberg, Frazer Brown, Monique Dupree, Teresa Hui, Ahkai Franklin, Zac Amico, Vada Callisto, Elizabeth D'Ambrosio, Nadia White, Dai Green, Cindy Colon, Ming Chen, Ron Mackay, B.J. Thorne, John Patrick Brennan, Erik Knutsen, Stuart Kiczek, Bjarni Gautur, Mark Finch, Corrado Adamo, Kimberly Adragna, Brandon Bassham, Gregory L. Black, James N. Boylan, Evan Branford, Blade Braxton, Matt Bruzzio, Daniel Catania, Whitney K. Clark, Cíara Constanti, Catherine Corcoran, Alexa Elmy, Nick Ford, Ben Galarza, Lisa Gaye, Argyle Goolsby, Fletcher Graham, Tom Greer, Alexander Hauck, Eric Jackman, Anthony Saint James, Ron Jeremy, Ben Johnson, Kevin Thomas Klearman, Joey Koerner, William Kucmierowski, Flemming Laursen, Franklin Biff Levi, Stephen Lewis, Michael Lippert, Alan Merrill, Reverend Jen, Thomas Milligan, Luke Mitchell, Ted Parker, Shanta Pasika, Tommy Pistol, Kelly Polk, Julie Anne Prescott, Arlowe Price, Liam Regan, Oliver Rogers, Alexandra Faye Sadeghian, Doug Sakmann, Purple Pam Shelby, Jakob Skrzypa, Martin Tsien, Stephanie Valkanas, Bill Weeden, Eric Woodard, Mala Wright, Stephen Zambito, Rocko Zevenbergen, Cody Cook, Einar Darri, Kirsten Eileen Dwyer, Dađi Garđarsson, Kolbe Handal, Kyle Rappaport, Liz Schack, Renee Soproxi, Jesse VandenBergh, Ashling Doyle, Bailey C Elis, Adrian Esposito, Sheri Fairchild, Paul Nicholas Florio, Alexander Gonzie, Justin Grabosky, Candace Hannah, Bart Hyatt, Daniel Koo, Kayla Lanzalaco, Jason Lee, Rich Masotti, John Meacham, Dwayne Mendez, Andrew Merto, Jordana Moore, James Murphy jr, Frank Nicosia, Sean Michael Pheanis, Joe Randazzo, Gabe Romero, Kristy Rose, Genoveva Rossi, Leesa Rowland, Arlo Sanchez, Jeffrey Martin Scott, Imran Paul Sheikh, George Skoufalos, Gregory Paul Smith, Alex Di Trolio, Scott Watson, Doug Weinman, Anthony Zirpolo, Seby X. Martinez, Margaret Scura, Dolby Zaccarelli, Ashley Naglieri
story by Lloyd Kaufman, Gabriel Friedman, screenplay by Brandon Bassham, additional material by Frazer Brown, Doug Sakmann, Zac Amico, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare, special effects by Morbx FX

The Tempest, Troma's Shakespeare adaptations, Shakespeare

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Back in the 1980s, Prospero (Lloyd Kaufman), a scientific genius, has been deeply humiliated by Big Al (Abraham Sparrow), so much so that it ended his career and he had to hide out in Tromaville, New Jersey) - and since then he has plotted his revenge - and now that Big Al and his entourage are taking a cruise to North Korea, he feeds the whales on the journey so much laxative that they make the ship run aground at the Jersey Shore, and Big Al and company follow the lure of Tempest, the most awesome of drugs developed by Prospero especially for them, to Tromaville's hottest club - which just happens to be owned and controlled by Prospero. Among Big Al's entourage are his sister Antoinette (also Lloyd Kaufman) and her confidant Sebastian (Debbie Rochon), who want to have revenge on Big Al for a whole different reason. Meanwhile, Prospero's blind daughter Miranda (Kate McGarrigle) falls in love with Ferdinand (Erin Patrick Miller) - much to the dismay of her father of course, but then again he shags her well enough to restore her eyesight. Outside of Prospero's club meanwhile, the political correctness brigade of snowflakes led by Trini (Dylan Greenberg) and Steph (Zoe Geltman) has assembled to let everyone know they're offended by something or other ... and they can't be killed by anything - but gaining "perspective". And when Prospero's Tempest takes effect turning its users into penisses of one sort or another, everything's set for utter disaster ...

 

Now of course, any serious Shakespeare afficionado will see this film as a slap in the face, and the film actually totally addresses that by having a break about halfway through with some theatre critics discussing this issue in Shakespeare's (Frazer Brown) presence - but not only this (of course utterly unreliable) movie, but also anecdotes suggest that the barde didn't take himself nearly as seriously as posterity did. Now that out of the way, this movie after all the feces, vomit, penises and dicks removed doesn't do its source material too much injustice - and I'm not saying that's a faithful adaptation here, but at least the writers knew their way about all things Shakespeare. But that said, this is of course first and foremost not a Shakespeare adaptation but a Troma movie, and being that one ought to be prepared for what to expect, loud humour, gross-out effects, an in-your-face attack of bad taste - but the best of the studio's movies also carried busloads of social satire, and this most certainly is one of them, being not only politically incorrect in a comical way but also making good fun and some valid points about the knights of policital correctness. That all said, this is of course a Troma film, so looking for things real subtle in it is an utter waste of time, but it's certainly among Lloyd Kaufman's better ones, and a pretty great party movie with an receptive crowd no doubt.

 

 

 

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