Lloyd Kaufman Interview

Mike Matei / January 24th, 2013

Cinemassacre talks with Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma (along with Michael Herz), about independent filmmaking.




  • thecorduroysuit

    January 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Amazing interview James! Lloyd Kaufman is a legend indeed.

  • sloth-machine

    January 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, what an easy going and all around cool guy to talk with. Good to see he knows your films too James, that’s awesome. Excellent interview.

  • January 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Mr. Kaufman talking about his regrets when it comes to film making reminds me of the movie “Ed Wood”, when Orson Welles told Mr. Wood that he should follow his dream and make what HE wants to make, and not to follow someone else’s dream. It isn’t worth going through all that work, just to live in someone else’s shoes when it comes to filming.

    Always follow your dreams and yours alone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peron

    January 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    back in the 80’s, I stole a VHS of Toxic Avenger from the videostore… good days

  • Squall85

    January 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I usually watch some videos while having my supper after work. I was like “ohh, 35 minutes interview? no thanks…” But I watched it anyway. It’s really cool, the old man is hilarious! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • January 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Nice interview ๐Ÿ˜€ loved it! awesome job, it was so funny and i got a lot of info. it seems the nerd is getting bigger and bigger by the day! long live the nerd! long live james

  • Travis McNabb

    January 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    That is one cool ass old man!

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    January 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    That man is the real deal on earth! How not to smile like a motherfucker all the damn time and get your grin bigger and bigger listening to all he says by the minute. At the end i was like a young Jack Nicholson.

    • 3D Retron

      October 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      The guy’s a class act.
      ” Indiana Jones Skull Fucker ” had me in stitches.

  • VonKraut

    January 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    bwahahah Indianna Jones Skull fucker would have been a great title!

  • Jel-K

    January 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Very good and instructive interview. Thank you James.

  • January 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I have barely seen a single Troma film and barely know of Lloyd Kaufman but that was a kick ass interview. Awesome.

  • KingFisher

    January 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    They make a great point. The MPAA is only there to protect the interests of Hollywood and the major movie studios. Independent films get screwed over.

    • Nationalgord

      January 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      The beauty of independent films is the fact that no one can tell the director what he can and can’t do with his own movies. Several musicians are starting to distribute their own materials to avoid being turned to the mainstream and forced to produce material they aren’t satisfied with. You don’t have to pay a studio if there is no studio forcing you to do so. Fuck the MPAA.

  • vectrex

    January 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    indiana jones Skull Fucker

  • Chris Sereday

    January 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Great interview James. That guy was hilarious!

  • Nationalgord

    January 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I’m going to post Troma everywhere so it becomes more well known. Everyone else should too.

  • erik37

    January 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    that was awesome, i always wondered if it was just some big fucking party behind the scenes while filming a troma movie i guess not

  • ray hogge

    January 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    great interview. But james, pick up a second mic and some foam pop shield.
    +2000 though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • culwin

    January 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Oh wow that was awesome.

  • LicaWolf

    January 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I was not familiar with Troma’s works (thought I have heard about it) but still I really enjoyed this, it was a really great interview, very enterteining! Lloyd Kaufman not only had interesting answers but he was very cool and kept the interview really funny.

  • chesterharry

    January 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve been wondering when this interview would happen since I read Shut up and make your own damn movie… It was amazing… (both the book and the interview)
    Give Lloyd a cameo/part in the movie in exchange for a cameo in one of his films… You can cross polinate fans. Thanks for doing all of this.

  • January 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    ROFL…”I took a lot of acid in the 60’s”

  • DoctorColossus

    January 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Best quote of the interview, “I took a lot of acid in the 60’s.”

  • HomingMissiles

    January 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    “Secret recipes for shit, for blood, for vomit, for urine, for jizz”. Excuse me while I print and frame this beautiful piece of poetry so I can hang it up my wall.

  • Dore

    January 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I’ve seen Lloyd talk before, and WOW is he ever a character! Show me another guy his age that’s so plugged in and connected to pop culture and his fans. And damn, is he ever funny!

    Thank you, James, for doing this. Troma for life!

  • Darkhusky88

    January 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    This guy isn’t as big as he thinks he is. I never even heard of Lloyd Kaufman. I saw The Toxic Avenger on the USA network when I was a kid and honestly it wasn’t really that impressive. Half the time this guy doesn’t even know what hes talking about. Hell he forgets what AVGN is.

    • January 25, 2013 at 1:41 am

      It’s sad that there will always be people like you in this world, darkhusky88.

    • April 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      How big does he think he is?
      You seem to think YOU are bigger than you are. You not only claim to know what Kaufman thinks about himself, but you also seem to base how well-known he is solely on

      • April 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        whether or not YOU’ve heard of him.

  • January 25, 2013 at 5:14 am

    How the fuck do you get as cool as this guy? What do you do?!

  • January 25, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Amazing interview James!
    On another subject, with Atari filing for bankruptcy could you do a video on your take on the history of Atari on what you remember & what you played over the years.
    From a long time fan from the land down under
    When you release the AVGN Movie could you please come to Australia have a premiere that would be AWESOME

  • Frits007

    January 25, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Nice interview, very interesting!
    Mr. Kaufman really is a nice and honest man!

  • nixon101382

    January 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Great interview James. Even if i’ve heard the stories and rants a thousand times, I can never get enough of Lloyd. It’s amazing that such a niche company can keep going for nearly 40 years. Troma is one of those companies that could have their own VHS Memories section…if there were still video stores. Actually, they did in my old favorite (now defunct) haunt. RIP Music Forum. You do great work James. Thanks for bringing a smile to a young old man’s face for a lot of years now. You’re the fuckin man. Come on up to Central Massachusetts if you ever need the sanctuary of desolate woodlands, decrepit failing milltowns or you just want a beer with some depressing, cynical, chemically dependent…but lovable and adoring fans.

  • January 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Maybe Troma is distributing the AVGN movie?

  • January 25, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Thanks mike and James =)

  • Knarkus

    January 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Very interesting and entertaining video, thanks James.

  • January 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    This interview made me re-watch Cannibal the Musical earlier today~<3

    I've never watched the Nuke Em High-movies, so I've decided to watch them tomorrow!

    Much love to Troma, who've been with throughout the years =)

  • diegowar

    January 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Great interview. I didn’t know of Troma at all, and now you’ve got me very interested because I usually love watching these kind of movies. I’ll definitely do that as soon as I have a chance. Thanks.

  • moleman124

    January 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Awesome interview, Troma for life!

    Would really love to see the x over of Lloyd being in AVGN and AVGN being in nuke em high.

  • David Williamson

    January 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you James. You, like many others (Lloyd Kaufman) have sacrificed so much for the fans. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • January 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I spit my drink when he said Sumner Redstone is the creation of Stan Winston. Hilarious.

  • samfonseca

    January 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    It’s amazing how we can learn about film making and stuff like this in this videos. I, for example, never had curiosity about this issues and all and I constantly find myself very interested in all about it in this videos posted here.
    Lloyd Kaufman seems to be an awesome guy!

    Oh, thank you for this new video player. My internet conection is horrible and it seems to adjust the movie quality to my bandwidth

  • January 26, 2013 at 12:24 am

    This guy is great. Kaufman made a good first impression with me. Thanks James!

  • LindyBum1147

    January 26, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Indiana Jones Skull Fucker!!! Hahahahaaa!!!!

    Fantastic Interview James.

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    January 26, 2013 at 8:32 am

    This is probably my favorite non-Nerd video on this site. Truly a great interview, very candid. What’s it like seeing your future, James?

  • Plumb

    January 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Oh man, that guy had me cracking up!

  • January 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I hope you filmed a Tromaville tour. I’d love to see what they’ve done. Never got to watch Troma until about 12 years ago but knew about them and still love there stuff til this day. The homage paid to Lloyd in movies is amazing, I feel like I’ve won the lotto when I see him in something honestly. Glad you got to interview him and if you had a part in a Troma movie, that’d also be amazing.

  • dansims

    January 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Great interview.

  • Hayden Tucker

    January 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Indiana Jones: Skull Fucker

  • Plumb

    January 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    It’s funnier when Lloyd Kaufman says it.

  • January 28, 2013 at 12:39 am

    want to see how weird the MPAA is? watch the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated

  • BrockLobster

    January 28, 2013 at 3:11 am

    That seemed like one of the most awkward interviews to conduct, excluding the one involving Tom Savini. Savini was a little bit of an ass during that, actually, but Lloyd was great. While he went on a few tangents, he seemed like he was still fun to talk to.

  • Trev

    January 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I totally see where he’s coming from and I wish him all the best. But at the same time, I can’t get on board 100% with him about saying the “man” is what’s keeping Troma down. I mean, when you have movies with titles like “poultry-geist”, are you really expecting to be taken seriously? By anyone?? After hearing that title and seeing the poster, I laughed my ass off.

  • rock westerman

    January 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I took a lot of acid in the 60’s Hahahahaha!!!

  • January 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

    can you do sim city (that of the super nintendo)

  • FinalplayerRyu

    January 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Wasnt sure if i want to watch 36 minutes at first, but soon enough i was in awe for Kaufman… thats what i hope to become when i get older in terms of personality.

  • The Afroman

    January 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Wow, you sir have had a lot of inspirations huh?

  • January 29, 2013 at 2:07 am

    #1 interview I have ever seen. Lloyd is awesome, I have to check out some Troma! Thanks James

  • Tommi Heikkinen

    February 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I lost it at “Indiana Jones skullfucker needed every screen in the world” ๐Ÿ˜€

  • sal Ippolito

    June 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Great interview.


    February 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Man Lloyd is fucking awesome! Hilarious. Great interview James.

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