Chicken zombies, luscious lesbians, gobs of gore, crapper catastrophes, meat-grinder mayhem, bouncing breasts (avian and otherwise!), manic musical numbers and laugh-out-loud jokes at the expense of all that is politically correct. Yep, just when you thought it was safe to go back to Tromaville, the studio that brought you delirious exploitation classics Class of Nuke 'Em High, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. , Tromeo and Juliet and the Toxic Avenger series returns with Poultrygeist. Troma Entertainment’s latest pulls out all the stops –- and most of the feathers –- for what might be their most over-the-top, unabashedly offensive and socially conscious movie yet.
Described as “a fromage” to Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive, Fudoh: The New Generation, Ichi the Killer) that’s part Shaun of the Dead and part Fast Food Nation, it details one young man’s horrifying and hilarious misadventures in the fast food industry. When neurotic Arbie (Jason Yachanin) returns from a semester at college to discover his girlfriend Wendy (Kate Graham) with another woman, protesting the opening of the latest American Chicken Bunker location, he takes a job at the fast food dive just to spite her. Problem is, the grease pit was built on the former Tromahawk Tribe Indian burial ground –- also the site of the former couple’s only romantic encounter –- and now the spirits of the dead are out for revenge. As the foul fowl prove deadlier than the Bunker’s rampant bacteria, restaurant owner General Lee Roy (Robin L. Watkins) tries to cover up a string of increasingly disgusting customer deaths.
Worse, while Arbie nurses a broken heart and a hot deepfryer, the cursed cutlets target his co-workers. Among them boisterous manager Denny (Joshua Olatunde); the effeminate Paco Bell (Khalid Rivera); burqa-wearing Muslim Humus (Rose Ghavami); and backwoods animal lover Carl Jr. (Caleb Emerson) – not to mention a singin’, dancin’ fast food prophet (director/co-producer Lloyd Kaufman) who may just hold the wisdom to survive the “Night of the Chicken Dead.” Well, maybe… Armed with raging hormones, a little luck and an old mop, Arbie must fight to win back his girl, protect his fellow minimum-wage earners and save his own skin from becoming dead meat. Penned by Dan Bova, Gabriel Friedman (Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV and the always outspoken Kaufman, Poultrygeist is a thorough lambasting of the fast food industry. Troma proves once again that when it comes to jaw-dropping exploitation excess, they’re anything but, well, chicken.
“This is, without a doubt, the best film Troma’s ever produced, and certainly Lloyd Kaufman’s most accomplished.” – Jason Pollock, CREATURE CORNER
CANADIAN PREMIERE Hosted by Director LLOYD KAUFMAN
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Screenplay: Daniel Bova, Gabriel Friedman, Lloyd Kaufman
Cast: Jason Yachanin
Robin L. Watkins
Producers: Andy Deemer, Kiel Walker
Distributor: Troma Entertainment, Inc.