The beaches have become battlefields…The waves are a war zone!
Troma Team Video is starting off the new year with an all-new high definition release of the 1987 classic cult phenomenon, Surf Nazis Must Die in honor of the film’s 35th anniversary!
With an introduction by Troma master head, Lloyd Kaufman and a brand, spankin’ new interview with director Peter George, the collecter’s edition blu-ray features an array of gnarly features:
· NEW WAVE Intro by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment & Creator of THE TOXIC AVENGER!
· Exclusive Interview with Director Peter George· Hang 10 on Set! Interview With Producer Robin Tinnell
· Deleted Scenes
· The Projection Booth Podcast (Featuring special guest, Peter George!)
· Scenes From the Tromaville Café!
· The “Soul of Troma”
· Troma Promos: Radiation March & Indie Artists vs. Cartels
· Troma NOW Promo: Gizzard Face II: Return of Gizzard Face!
· Troma Short: BLOOD STAB·
+ More #FanTOXIC Featurettes!
“ When an earthquake leaves the California coastline in ruins and reduces the beaches to a state of chaos, group of neo-Nazis led by Adolf (Barry Brenner), the self-proclaimed “Führer of the new beach”, takes advantage of the resulting chaos by fighting off several rival surfer gangs to seize control of the beaches. Meanwhile, an African American oil well worker named Leroy (Robert Harden) is killed by the Surf Nazis while jogging on the beach. Leroy’s mother, “Mama” Washington (Gail Neely), devastated by the loss of her son, vows revenge. After arming herself with a handgun and grenades, she breaks out of her retirement home and exacts vengeance on the Surf Nazis.”
Until my sixth-grade Health class, I always just figured Boo Berry was considered one of the five main food groups.
I fondly remember the days when I would awake before everyone else in my house at the tender age of nine (yeah I’m an early birdie) on a gorgeous Saturday morning to catch the first wave of the ABC Saturday Morning lineup. I would hop out of my TMNT bedsheets, wander down the shagged rug hallway into the kitchen where the breakfast of Saturday morning splendor would commence, consisting of a bowl of my favorite cereal- Apple Jacks… or if we’re talking the Halloween season, duh Monster Cereals.
More often than not, when a glorious unopened box of cereal sat on the shelf with that eye-popping picture on the bottom left corner announcing to the world it held a treasure from the General Mills Gods inside, your morning breakfast turned into a goddamn win for the rest of the day.
Hey, when you’re a kid in the fourth grade, it’s the dumb little things like worthless plastic surprises in your sugary bowl of goodness that make life that much better.
Pulling out your mystery toy from the breakfast treat you valued as much as air felt like a victory of sorts; especially if you had siblings who always tried to beat you to the cereal prizes. Admit it. We all know that one person who dumped the entire box out into a giant bowl in an attempt to fetch the wonder toy, and hell maybe you’re guilty of it. However, in the case when a cereal brand would offer a horror-themed toy inside its four cardboard walls, all bets were off, and you bet your sweet ass I was getting that tiny Halloween treasure before anyone else.
I’m a selfish bastard. I have no regrets.
In honor of these nostalgic moments, let’s take a look back at “lucky seven” times digging towards the bottom of the cereal box for plastic horror valuables paid off big time. From plastic Frankenberry premiums to Monster Mitts, let’s stroll down horror cereal paragon memory lane…
Monster Mitts – HoneyComb
Back in the early ‘70s, Post Honeycomb cereal packaged these fabulous cheap plastic gloves marketed as Monster Mitts. Four different and colorful designs were placed at random inside select boxes consisting of a ghoulish hand unzipping to expose a skeleton, a bloody veiny mitt with the inclusion of a spider, a sea-monster type mitt, and a blue veiny mitt with an all-seeing eyeball. SWEET.
Monster in My Pocket- Kellogg’s Frosties (UK)
The toy line released by Matchbox in 1989 found its way into the UK version of Tonny the Tiger’s Den in the early ‘90s with one of the little buggers hiding inside along the sugary cornflakes as a promo. Later on, in 1995, the UK ran a Wrestlers Monster In My pocket crossover promo with the cereal. I’m an American brat. So I never got to see this cool advert as a kid, so didn’t become hip to this until the internet came along.
Addams Family Flashlights-Addams Family Cereal
1991 was Addams Family madness and were even invading your morning breakfast ritual thanks to Ralston cereals. I don’t remember the cereal being anything great but the flashlights promptly displayed in front of the box rather than inside in the form of members of the Addams clan reeled us in. Lurch, Thing, Cousin ITT, and Uncle Fester mini flashlights were up for grabs in this little diddy, and while the cereal itself didn’t last long, the flashlights themselves are highly sought after by vintage cereal toy fanatics. I still have my Cousin ITT blinker, and it remains a treasured childhood relic.
Spooky Speedsters- Monster Cereal
The only thing the Church of Boo Berry could make me love it anymore is the inclusion of cereal box prizes once more. The Monster Cereal brand released various spooky treasures inside the marshmallow box of splendor for years, however, the Spooky Speedsters were one of the coolest. Back in 1981, Count Chocula had the coffin-shaped Midnight Creeper, Franken Berry rode the Silly Stretcher, and Sir Boo of Berry cradled the Crazy Cloud Car. Good stuff guys.
Monster Cereal Mascot figurines- Monster Cereal
Moving along with Monster cereal toys, the 8” tall, soft and squeezable vinyl figures are considered the treasure trove of monster cereal collectibles and if you have all four of these beasts, I envy you, kind sir or madam, more than a desperate rabbit who watches in sadness as some selfish kids eat his damn cereal.
Glow in the Dark Universal Monster Heads- Super Sugar Crisp
Before Golden Crisp, Super Sugar Crisp was the domain name for the Post sugary crispy cereal fronted by a sleepy-looking bear mascot; and in the 70s’ Universal Monsters dominated this cereal’s campaign- possibly in competition with General Mills’ Monster Cereals. In 1976, the Universal Monster glow-in-the-dark finger puppet heads that included Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and The Phantom of the Opera were fantastic treasures to find among a box of pediatric diabetes.
Those were cool enough, but I believe these to be the grand-daddy prize of all cereal treasures:
In the same year of super monster madness via Post Super Sugar Crisp 1975, the cereal brand released fuckin’ amazing Universal Monster pull-out posters that were also glow-in-the-dark! These are deemed highly collectible in not only the cereal treasure hunter’s community but the horror genre’s fandom at large. I remember my Uncle had a few of these plastered on his walls when I was a kid, but have since been long gone. I’ve been on the hunt for these for a long time, but have yet to acquire any at a decent price. One day…
Also, it’s sort of hilarious they used the same commercial for the finger puppets as they did for the posters.
It was December 20th, 1996, and a couple of friends and I carpooled to our local movie theater. You know, the kind of theater you don’t see anymore these days with the brick wall lining on the interior and movie titles proudly displayed on a marquee. Excitement was abound in our group as we were headed for a double feature of two highly anticipated movies of the holiday season:Beavis and Butthead Do America, and Wes Craven’s SCREAM, as they were simultaneously released on the same day. So we figured a little brainless comedy paired with a new horror movie was the best way to kick off our Christmas break.
As a matter of fact, this is the exact theater, thanks to cinematreasures.org for posting these pics that are making me ooze nostalgia from every orifice in my body.
After almost puking from laughing with Beavis and Butthead, it was horror’s turn as we shuffled into the theater room next door for SCREAM; and it was an experience much different than the aforementioned. One that only a horror fan would understand. It was goddamn glorious.
Spanning over 25 years, Wes Craven’s Scream has slashed its way into the hearts of horror fans becoming a beloved franchise entry into the Kingdom of Horror Legends. Spawning now four sequels, with SCREAM5 being released this week, I figured what better time to go back to the original that was heavily influenced by the prior 20 years of phenomenal horror films; of which many are referenced in Scream themselves.
Obviously, I had to go back and rewatch the original so as not to miss any references here, but it’s possible I did anyway- and if so, make sure to comment down below what my dumb-ass didn’t catch the first few 100 times.
It goes without saying John Carpenter’s Halloween is pretty much the gold standard for slasher films, and here is no exception as not only is the movie used as a set-up for one of horror hero Randy’s rants but mentioned several times throughout the film as well.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Is that the one where the guy had knives for fingers?I liked that movie. It was scary– Ghostface Yeah, the first one was but the rest sucked. – Casey
I would have felt bad for Casey had she not made that statement. Did she not ever seeDream Warriors or The Dream Master? Pfft…
“Corn syrup. Same thing they used for pig’s blood in Carrie.”- Billy
I appreciate that kind of attention to detail when planning the crime scene.
“We all go a little crazy sometimes–Anthony Perkins, Psycho.” – Billy
And umm, yeah he certainly did.
WHEN A STRANGER CALLS
1996’s SCREAM did a fantastic recreation of the 1979 horror where the movie’s babysitter is tormented by a mysterious caller until she discovers the calls are coming from inside the house. In all fairness, it’s also an old urban legend, but one that never loses its edge.
FRIDAY THE 13TH
“Name the killer in Friday the 13th?” -Ghostface
I’d say that was a dirty trick, but for anyone that knows better, it really isn’t. Sorry Casey.
“I was home watching television. The Exorcist was on. It got me thinking of you.” – Billy
Now if that ain’t a red flag that your boyfriend ain’t right in the head, I don’t know what is.
“What’s that werewolf movie with E.T.’s mom in it?”– Random Video Store Customer
Even though Randy gave the wrong title, it’s still a fun little Easter egg.
“If they’d watch ‘Prom Night,’ they’d save time!” – Randy
Seriously, always listen to the horror movie nerd in a real-life murder scenario, OK?
Added Jamie Lee Splendor; THE FOG/ TERROR TRAIN
“‘The Fog,’ ‘Terror Train,’ ‘Prom Night’… How come Jamie Lee Curtis is in all of these movies?”– Sydney
Because like Randy answers, “She’s the Scream Queen.” The end.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
“What’s Leatherface doing here?” – Randy
Once again, Randy wasn’t too far off on this one.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
“Cute. What movie is this from, ‘I Spit on Your Garage’?” – Tatum
You wish, Tatum. Unfortunately, you won’t get revenge like in the referenced film.
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN
“Look at this place. It’s the town that dreaded sundown.” -Sydney
I really love that reference more than almost anything on this list. Perfect placement.
THE BAD SEED
I’m afraid I’ll turn out just like her—the Bad Seed or something.” – Sydney
A fear we all have as teenagers Syd.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
It’s like Jodie Foster in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ when she keeps having flashbacks of her dead father.”– Billy
Ironically, a sociopath manipulating his female counterpart is something Billy and Hannibal have in common.
Oh, you mean after you branded him the Candyman? No, his heart’s broken.” -Stu
Good. Fuck you, Billy.
One of the oldest horror films in the genre, and respectively, the one that paved the way for so many on this list, Frankenstein can be seen playing at Randy’s video rental workplace in the background.
Welp, I think that about covers it. And in case you need a refresher on how to survive a horror movie, listen to wise Randy here. No one else did and all this bullshit could have been avoided had they done so. We salute you, Randy.