Fathers Day

Fathers Day – Copyright Troma

Bless the team at Troma Entertainment. Their efforts are frequently sneered at, yet award winning filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez quite often pay tribute to their work – often by putting in little touches into their own films that you’d expect to see in something like The Toxic Avenger and Surf Nazis Must Die.

The difference however between the likes of these filmmakers is that they usually have big studios breathing down their necks and no matter how far they claim to push the audience in terms of graphical content, the fact that they are never truly independent means there is a limit to what they can get away with.

The only limits Troma and (in the case of Father’s Day) the filmmakers at Astron 6 have, is the budget. It’s clear their product will only be seen by a few number of enthusiasts and as a result, they’re not afraid to upset anyone.

Billed by Lloyd Kaufman as “a response film to Mother’s Days” (a remake of a Troma classic that was released last year), Fathers Day tells the story of the Fathers Day Killer, aka Chris Fuchman – an individual that is going around Tromaville, raping and the killing fathers.

After the Fathers Day Killer makes a grisly return by killing Twink’s dad, Father John Sullivan is sent to find Ahab – a Snake Plissken type character, sporting an eye patch and a long trench coat, that watched Chris Fuchman kill his father and has been wanting a bloody revenge ever since.

Ahab also has a sister whom he has separated from as a child and naturally, she works in a strip club – much to Ahab’s disappointment.

As things progress, out team of heroes encounter Chris Fuchman and his twisted behaviour first hand. Violent, extreme, grotesque – the death scenes are enough to make even the strongest willed horror enthusiast wince and despite the depravity on display, the filmmakers are to be commended for their efforts in this area.

The humour is typical of Troma – full of cheesy one-liners and visual gags, the comic timing is spot on, particularly that of Adam Brooks (Ahab), who despite easily being the coolest character in the film makes some pretty big and appalling mistakes, yet still somehow manages to make the depravity of it all quite amusing.

Father John Sullivan (played by Matt Kennedy who is also one of the films five directors) has an amusing moment too during a crisis of faith.

Naturally, Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman also makes a notable and amusing cameo.

One of the most charming things about Father’s Day is the soundtrack. Definitely inspired by those cheesy 80s horror films, it’s full of pulsating synth noises during the more dramatic moments and the opening track easily one of the coolest guitar tracks you’re likely to hear all year.

So yeah, graphically strong, completely ludicrous and poorly acted, Fathers Day ticks all the Troma Entertainment boxes and it is all the more enjoyable for it. Essential Grindhouse viewing for Grindhouse fans.

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.

  • Cheers for pointing that out.  All fixed (I hope). 🙂

  • Yourmom

    Just to let you know, at the end of paragraph five you have “and has been wanted a bloody revenge ever since.”