Shakespeare’s Shitstorm / Lloyd Kaufman

  • Country and year: USA 2020
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 94 min.
  • Director: Lloyd Kaufman
  • Writer: Brandon Bassham
  • Producer(s): John Patrick Brennan, Justin A. Martell
  • Cinematographer: Lucas Pitassi
  • Cast: Lloyd Kaufman, Erin Patrick Miller, Abraham Sparrow, Kate McGarrigle, Amanda Flowers, Debbie Rochon, Bjarni Gautur
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Format: DCP

”When Lloyd Kaufman talks about a shitstorm, he means it literally, and this reworking of Shakespeare’s finest play sees his scheming Prospero blight a ship sailing close to the shores of Tromaville through the judicious employment of whale laxative. Upgraded (not for the first time) from magician to scientist, and aided by his beautiful, blind daughter Miranda (Kate McGarrigle), he is determined to have his revenge on the Big Pharma company that sabotaged his career. —

The outstanding quality of the original Tempest is its capacity to bridge comedy and tragedy so fluidly that one ceases to recognise a distinction. This is something that Kaufman understands well, and here he serves up a side order of political commentary as well. —

Clearly made on a bigger budget than usual overall — this is a tremendously self-indulgent film, and every much-loved Troma trope finds a place in it. The effect is a bit like being presented with a vast array of sticky cakes when one has the munchies – the temptation is to keep on gorging long after one begins to feel ill. Sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are here in abundance, the costumes are magnificent, the rhyming couplets are liberally distributed and there’s an underlying sweetness about the whole thing.” – Jennie Kermode / Eye For Film


”This is probably Troma’s pièce de résistance, a film in which all the elements come together to create one marvellous magnum opus. The satire, gross-out humour, use of Shakespeare and complete irreverence work perfectly.”
– Martin Unsworth / Starburst Magazine

“[Lloyd] Kaufman celebrates Troma’s 45th – and his 50th – year of making movies by taking on Big Pharma, addiction, and an intolerance of social media. It’s Shakespeare with sex, mutants, musical numbers, and violence, it’s 100% Troma, and it’s a lot of fun.”
– Jeff Ewing / Forbes

“Definitely the most consistent and sleekest-looking of all the Troma movies, dating back to 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. It’s an absolute laugh riot, even if you haven’t read Shakespeare or seen any of his plays since high school.”
– Chris Aitkens / Nightmare on Film Street

”It is possibly the ultimate Troma movie”
– Lorry Kikta / Film Threat

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