Still better than Shakespeare in Love.
Making a film equal parts cheeky and impish, and downright disgusting, Troma, the studio which gave us The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ‘Em High, went highbrow for a hot moment with this riff on The Bard.
And by highbrow, I mean there’s a giant mutant penis with sharp teeth.
Plus a deformed cow monster, and a dizzying assortment of unusual and gag-inducing deaths.
Long before Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn made his debut here as a writer, and his warped sense of humor makes the gore and sleaze go down easy.
“Shut up, crime!!”
A welcome antidote to holier-than-thou superhero flicks, this underrated dark comedy gives a rage-filled short-order cook a wrench and lets him go bop the heck out of evil-doers.
Director James Gunn, who later delivered another welcome twist on the genre with Guardians of the Galaxy, is adept at mixing violence with grim chuckles, and he’s aces here.
Kevin Bacon sleazes it up as a drug kingpin, while Ellen Page scores as kinky sidekick Boltie.
Top with Rainn Wilson showing us what Office drone Dwight would be like as a full-on vigilante, and you have my attention.