B-Movie Legends Troma Entertainment Releases 150 Films On YouTube

from the watch-and-enjoy dept

Troma Entertainment is a giant in the B-movie world, creating and releasing tons of movies, including its most famous film, The Toxic Avenger. Company founder and film director Lloyd Kaufman (who has written a guest post for us in the past), recently alerted us to the fact that Troma has recently released 150 of its movies for free on YouTube, including some older films which they just distribute.

So, if you want to watch the 1952 classic, Abbot and Costello: Jack and the Beanstalk, or Bela Lugosi in The Corpse Vanishes or The Invisible Ghost you can. Or you can go for more modern fare like Zombie Werewolves Attack! and Blood, Boobs & Beast... starring JJ Abrams (in case you're wondering, that's actually a documentary about Don Dohler, another B-movie creator).

And because I can, I'll embed that last one here:
Kaufman has shown himself to be a filmmaker who truly understands how the internet can help him, rather than be something worth fearing, so it's great to see him fully embrace a platform like YouTube to distribute his flicks, and to not freak out about the fact that people can watch stuff for free (actually, to encourage people to watch stuff for free).

Filed Under: b-mobies, free, free movies, internet, lloyd kaufman, movies
Companies: troma entertainment

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 31 Aug 2012 @ 12:43am


    "Why can't the MPAA members realize that YouTube and internet streaming isn't the enemy? They fight against it with all they have, when they could end up making a fortune."

    I don't think anyone thinks that YouTube in and of itself is an enemy. It's a theoretical agnostic platform for video. What is the enemy is the loss of control over their products, having third parties decide how their products will be distributed and used - often with absolutely no regard for the commercial motives of the companies involved.

    "It was the same with the Betamax case"

    Actually, this is a good example of the difference between then and now. VHS / Beta in the end are perfect formats for the movie industry because copies of copies suck. Original purchased VHS movies are of decent enough quality (but not that good), and the copies were effectively useless. Basically, VHS movies sold in stores were better than what was available, and the movie theater quality was still far ahead of it.

    The current situation is so different, you have to be a little off not to see it. The current copies are perfect, often "better" in some people's eyes because parts of the DVD are stripped, such as warnings and copyright notices. Combine that with people getting nicer and nicer home theater setups, and you have a perfect storm: Technology and a loss of public morals have come together to hurt the industy, and will very likely decimate it in the next few years.

    Youtube can be a useful tool for marketing, but the question is: marketing what, exactly? Just like the music industry today, the movie industry is likely to see it's box off start dropping off faster and faster, as it loses some of the ability to charge up for 3D movies, and as attendance continues to drop.

    So what exactly do you think they can use YouTube to market? T-shirts?

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