Combustible Celluloid
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With: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin Watkins, Joshua Olatunde, Rose Ghavami, Caleb Emerson, Lloyd Kaufman, Khalid Rivera, Joe Fleishaker, Faith Sheehan, Tessa Lew, Brian Cheverie, Ron Jeremy, Martin Victor, John Karyus, Debbie Rochon, Glenn Lasky, Jamie Greco, Kelsey Ruvolo
Written by: Daniel Bova, Gabriel Friedman, Lloyd Kaufman
Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103
Date: 12/29/2006

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2008)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Bad Yolks

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Troma's highest profile movie in years finally makes it to the big screen (the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco opens it this week). In this comedy/musical/horror film, Arbie (Jason Yachanin) is a regular, horny teen. But when his girlfriend Wendy (Kate Graham) returns from a semester at college, she has turned into a lesbian and a liberal demonstrator targeting a chain of chicken restaurants. So he takes a job there to get her attention.

Unfortunately, a bunch of green, pulsating alien eggs begin hatching, turning people into chicken zombies (sort of). Troma president Lloyd Kaufman co-wrote and directed, bringing his combination of clever business savvy and juvenile regard for sex and bodily functions.

The film reminded me of Uwe Boll's Postal; it's culturally aware but infantile when it comes to all things human. Kaufman crosses big gross-out shock scenes (diarrhea, sexual perversions, etc.) with more in-the-know jokes about terrorists and nutrition, without ever realizing or acknowledging this chasm. I wish it had been a little smarter -- or dumber.

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