Terror Firmer (1999) (20th Anniversary Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Terror Firmer (1999) (20th Anniversary Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Terror Firmer (1999) (20th Anniversary Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Terror Firmer (1999) (20th Anniversary Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Rachael Robbins, Will Keenan, Lloyd Kaufman

This is the story of a low budget film crew, led by their blind film director, Larry Benjamin (Lloyd Kaufman/co-founder of Troma Inc.), trying to make some art. In addition to the typical trials and travails of a Troma set, the crew finds themselves set upon by a sexually conflicted, bomb bearing serial killer. Production assistant Jennifer (enchanting Alyce LaTourelle) struggles to succeed on set and to decide between the two men in her life – straitlaced Casey (Will Keenan) and over the edge Jerry (Trent Haaga). This threesome heats up as the killer draws even nearer. As the insanity increases and the bodies amass, the crew bands together (both physically and sexually) against the threat in their midst.

While everyone has their ideas of what a “Troma movie” is, I can safely say that Terror Firmer is one of the more creative offerings from the indie brand and a prime example of the best that this company has to offer in their film library. Mixing in real life accounts from their days spent making low budget movies mixed in with that typical Troma flavor, Terror Firmer, would end up being a very good offering as Troma headed into the 2000s. We have some crazy characters and even crazier scenes. Everyone seems to have their own gimmicks flowing on screen, but nothing ever seems awkward or out of place. From Will Keenan to Trent Haaga I found this movie entertaining across the board as we watch a blind director and his crew misfits that look like a rogues gallery trying very hard to make a movie while a killer is on the loose.

I a massive kick out of Lloyd Kaufman playing the blind director in this thing. He does it in only the way that Lloyd can. And, of course, that is a bit of a play off of what most people think the stereotype for a indie director is. I’d be the first to admit that I never really have liked the whole “movie inside a movie” thing, but this one pulls it off in the most entertaining fashion I have seen. We also got a lot of gross out moments as well from blood driven gore to other things I dare not mention in this review. What we get here is wrong on soo many levels, but it is also VERY entertaining and makes a very fun movie at the end of the day. It looks better than the old DVD here as I’m sure you could expect, but you might not want to toss that old DVD away because as solid as this Blu-ray looks it didn’t port over every little thing from the old DVD. But if you only own a few Troma movies ever, this is one you’d want to have.


  • Director’s Cut.
  • Introduction by Director Lloyd Kaufman.
  • A Look Behind the Scenes 20 Years Later – Interview Featurette with Cast.
  • Exclusive Commentaries
  • Farts of Darkness: The Making of Terror Firmer – Full-Length Documentary.
  • Music Videos Directed by Lloyd Kaufman: Including Lunachicks, Entombed and DJ Polo featuring Ron Jeremy
  • Intro to TromaDance
  • Easter Eggs, Interviews and Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 94%

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