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Tromathon With Lloyd Kaufman 

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Thirty years ago Yale graduate Lloyd Kaufman teamed up with a classmate, Michael Herz, to produce a sex comedy called Squeeze Play under the banner of Troma Films. Since then the New York-based exploitation outfit has plied its own tried-and-true formula of gore, bare breasts, and scattershot satire, most famously with the 1985 ecological horror flick The Toxic Avenger. "Cruddy, primal, extremely violent, and fairly entertaining, it captures some of the snot-flicking spirit of the old EC comics," Dave Kehr wrote in the Reader at the time. "How much you'll enjoy its deliberate crudity probably depends on how far you can let yourself regress to surly adolescence."

Kaufman will appear in person at this weekend tribute along with Wisconsin horror director Mark Borchardt (Coven), who rocketed from obscurity to semi-obscurity as the subject of Chris Smith's 1999 documentary American Movie. Presented by the Movieside Film Festival, this two-night festival at the Biograph includes four programs of screenings and live music. Tickets for each program are $10; for more information call 773-907-8513 or visit www.movieside.com. --J.R. Jones

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger Part II

(Friday, June 18, 8:00)

Coven

The Toxic Avenger

(Friday, June 18, midnight)

Coven

Tromeo and Juliet

Class of Nuke 'em High

(Saturday, June 19, 8:00)

Tromeo and Juliet

(Saturday, June 19, midnight)

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