Super Tromette Action Movie Go! (2008)
By: Devon B. on February 5, 2009  |  Comments ()  |  Bookmark and Share
Director: Steven A. Grainger
Starring: Jen Tonon, Merrie Swain
Writers: Steven A. Grainger, Erin Sparks, Jen Tonon
Country: USA
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It had to happen eventually. As far as I know, Super Tromette Action Movie Go! is the first movie set in Tromaville that is not directed by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma and creator of the Toxic Avenger. Don't fret too much; Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma and creator of the Toxic Avenger does get a cameo, so at least he's connected to the movie.

Super Tromette Action Movie Go! has a plot that goes all over the place, but it is mainly about two women. One's a cop, the other's a martial arts vigilante trying to beat the crap out of a local gang of kids called the Naptime Ninjas. Soon turns out the Naptime Ninjas have more than just this crazed vigilante to worry about, as another, older gang called the Cock Shockers has taken to sexually assaulting them. I think this gang is a paedophile ring, but they also seem prone to flashing anyone they can find, so maybe they're just good old fashioned pervs. The vigilante is brought onto the police force (in what has to be the shortest job screening process ever) to help break up the Naptime Ninjas and try to figure out what's up with these raincoaters.

This may be hard to grasp, but STACMG! is just like a Troma movie, but with lower production values. Yes, lower production values. Like in a Troma movie, the gags come quickly, and range from funny to dumb to downright gross. Farts, ADR (not always synched or funny), added sound FX, a convoluted plot and extended barfing all help to create that special Troma atmosphere. There're really only a few things keeping this from seeming like a full fledged Troma movie, and they're due to budgetary constraints. Locations were obviously scarce, and exteriors are non-existent. Like, really - they're often just paintings put on screen to establish where the scene is taking place. The other two hindrances are a lack of gore and nudity. STACMG! would score a two on the Joe Bob Brigg's breast count, which isn't high enough for a Troma movie, and there's only one gore effect, and it's not very noteworthy (and not even a head crush).

Those gripes aside, Troma fans should have fun with STAMG! Lots of little gags have been put in for those who have already spent too much time in Tromaville, such as a character very obviously redubbed with a deeper voice. Other things like a few glimpses of original mop boy Mark Torgl remind us where the film's taking place. Plus, where else but Tromaville would you see a rock spider get acid sprayed in his face from a teddy bear? A slight tongue in cheek effort was made to integrate the film into pre-existing Tromaville continuity, which was a bit silly because there wasn't ever any!

Acting varies but is generally passable, especially when the budget is considered. Babette Bombshell is usually amusing in a variety of roles, and there's even a brief appearance from one of my heroes, Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus from GWAR.

Watch for one of the leads clearly saying "Ow" after hitting herself with her nunchaku during her workout and stay tuned for a very special public service announcement after the credits.

I don't like to be too harsh on low budget movies for their lack of resources, but the Troma style that's being emulated does require more nudity and bloodshed. However, given STAMG! is so clearly a love letter to Troma, and otherwise does an admirable job of aping Troma's manic style, the filmmakers have mostly succeeded. Certainly worth a look for Troma fans, but non-Troma fans won't have a clue what the fuck's going on.
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