One cannot help but make comparisons between Troma and Full Moon, the two major low budget horror production companies out there. They both make the same type of oddball cheesy flicks and they even both have an outspoken figurehead who will never let you forget that they created either a series of movies involving killer puppets or a radioactive superhero nerd. Naturally, when you compare two things, you end up asking yourself which one is better and that's exactly what I want to know from you guys this week.
Which studio do you prefer, Troma or Full Moon, and why?
While it may surprise you being that I interned for Troma last year and while I would probably rather go on a man date with Lloyd Kaufman than Charles Band, I actually favor Full Moon over Troma. Truth be told, I never was the hugest fan of Troma and I tend to not find much humor or merit in their films. Yes, I do love flicks like The Toxic Avenger and Mother's Day, but the majority of their films fall flat for me. Take for example Poultrygeist, perhaps Troma's most critically acclaimed movie in their vast library. I hated it. I didn't find it funny and I didn't find it entertaining in any way. I just found it stupid. I feel like i'm the kinda dude who should totally be into Troma's offbeat and immature sense of humor, but I kinda just don't get it, often finding it to be more on the stupid side than the funny side.
Now Full Moon on the other hand, I dig a lot of their stuff. Castle Freak is an awesome and underrated horror flick, The Gingerdead Man is one of my favorite so bad it's good horror comedies, and The Creeps is a childhood favorite that will always hold a special place in my heart. Throw on top of that the Puppet Masters and Subspecies and you've got the main reason I dig the company more than I do Troma - quite simply because I like more of their stuff. Good or bad, I always seem to have fun with Full Moon, and I can't often say the same about Troma. That's what it all boils down to in the end.
So which studio do you prefer? Leave a comment and let me know!
By the way, this topic popped into my head because of the package I received in the mail today...
(There would be a picture of the following DVD's here, but my camera is dead and I can't find the charger - Gingerdead Man, Gingerdead Man 2, Castle Freak, The Creeps, Evil Bong, Evil Bong 2)
All for only 25 bucks thanks to Full Moon's half off Valentine's weekend sale! I swear, that incredible sale didn't bias my opinion on this topic.