Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

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Troma fans may be shocked by what they see in “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.” Instead of following their standard formula, Troma relies on blood, fecal matter, genital gore, green slime, toilet humor, dozens of prop buttocks, masturbation, lesbians, and even more fecal matter to make “Poultrygeist” work. Oh wait…that is their standard formula. Oh well…If it ain’t broke…

“Poultrygeist” is an…erm…attack on the fast food industry/love story of sorts (?) between two high school sweethearts Arbie and Wendy (get it?). The film opens up with our two lovers in a cemetery preparing to do some “burying” of their own. Before Arbie gets the chance to lose his virginity, zombie hands come out of the ground and put a finger in his ass while a hillbilly masturbates from the distance. I think we’ve all been there before, right? Cut to a college semester later. The cemetery (which was a native burial ground, of course) has now been turned into an “American Chicken Bunker.” Think of it as Tromaville’s “KFC.” Arbie has returned to town and finds himself amongst a large picketing being held by collegiate lesbians, shaming ACB for building on top of native land and the killing of chickens. Who else is in the crowd? Wendy of course, who has now become a lesbian over one college semester. Outraged, Arbie decides to take a job at ACB in order to make money, teach Wendy a lesson, and somehow manage to win her back. That’d be a lot easier if mutant chicken Indian zombie eggs weren’t mixed into ACB’s food orders. Now that everyone is turning into chicken Indian zombies, Arbie must prove to Wendy that he can be the man she needs him to be. Or as he says, “that woman.”

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Editor’s Note: I apologize for what may be the worst plot description I’ve ever written, but if you’re a fan of Troma, you know that a twenty page essay couldn’t explain a movie plot of this senselessness. Bottom line: it’s about fucking mutant chicken Indians taking over a fast food store. There.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost seven years since Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman directed “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.” Since then he’s done a few documentaries and some co-directing on straight-to-video releases under various monikers, but “Poultrygeist” brings him back to the front lines and I can safely say it was worth the wait. Compared to average Troma releases, “Poultrygeist” boasts a larger budget than most Troma fare and it definitely shows. The special effects are awesome, the soundtrack is hilarious, the musical/dance numbers are hysterically cute, and the movie itself is just fucking awesome. The film takes shots at everyone, from the service industry, to activists, to race, to religion…pretty much everything you’ve come to expect from a Troma film. It never gets too preachy about its satirical content but with dialogue like “Humus, drop that rectum!” would you really expect it to?

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Kaufman’s definitely got a winner on his hands with this one, ladies and gents. It’s great and silly satire only the way Troma could do it. If you’re in the mood for the type of movie that features a homosexual talking hamburger, then definitely pick this up. If anything, it’ll definitely have you double-checking the contents of your fast food orders from now on. I could go on and on about why this film was so great to watch, but I’d really have to give too much away. This one has to be seen to be believed. Now, dear reader…drop that rectum.

The Hidden Message:

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Myself and Lloyd Kaufman. Eat that, readers.

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~ by exploitnation on March 17, 2008.

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