All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger
Author: Lloyd Kaufman and James Gunn
Original publication date: 1998
Disclaimer: Already appreciating the low-budget, morally deficient charms of movies like Tromeo and Juliet, The Toxic Avenger, and Chopper Chicks in Zombietown will greatly help you enjoy All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger. Written by Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman (along with protege and modern-day director James Gunn), it's a celebratory reflection on how a little, proud sleaze factory started with nothing in 1974 and gradually amassed a reputation for daring, inexpensive genre productions.
What's so great about Kaufman's memoir, though, is that people who've never even heard of Cannibal! The Musical! will also get a kick out of it. That's because Kaufman's no suit-and-tie stooge with a vanilla personality. He's a crass, hilarious, and always uncorked rabble-rouser whose ability to thrive outside of the studio system is matched by his knack for colorful language. —MB