[Fantasia 2020] “#ShakespearesShitstorm” review

Lloyd Kaufman is a Fantasia Festival god. The number of films under his name that were presented in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (whether they be world premieres, international premieres, or retro presentations of older classics) are countless. He returned to this year’s Fantasia Festival online edition with the world premiere of a film written by Brandon Bassham and directed by Kaufman himself; “#ShakespearesShitstorm”.



Prospero (the godfather of Troma himself, Lloyd Kaufman) is a mad scientist who found the cure for opioid addiction. Unfortunately for him, his pharmaceutical executive sister, Antoinette (also played by Kaufman) screws him over by shaming his name and having society turn on him. He obtains revenge by giving whale laxatives to whales roaming the waters as Antoinette and other rich execs are on a cruise to North Korea (wtf?). The excessive defecation from the huge mammals causes a violent shitstorm that forces their ship to sink and its passengers to wash up along the shores of Tromaville. Prospero can then exact his revenge to its maximum potential. You could say that the shit has truly hit the fan.



You can’t walk into a Troma film and get offended. Sexism, racism, homophobia, laughing at disabled individuals, and so much more: it’s all there. And if you feel like you’re offended by everything, you may be suffering from “Entitlementia”. Luckily for you, there’s always “Safespacia”; the new medication to aid those affected by this horrible new disease (don’t blame me; it’s all in the film).



All jokes aside, “#ShakespearesShitstorm” has all the Troma elements you appreciate (if you’re a Troma fan, of course): feces, cursing, breasts, modified animals with human genitalia, songs, and more. Writer Brandon Bassham and director Kaufman succeed in displaying the gruesome, gorgeous art that is Troma while staying contemporary and poking at today’s “snowflake” online influencers. Even if you belong to that type of mentality, you will nonetheless definitely at least have ONE laugh-out-loud moment throughout the film. Hell, they even managed to make a reference/homage to “The Shining” within the first few minutes. The acting is over-the-top (as always) and we wouldn’t want it any other way while the storyline seems way out of line and out of control, yet has a purpose and a lesson to learn in the end.



I was afraid, during the middle portion of Kaufman’s movie that there wouldn’t be enough gore, violence and ooze. Just as my disappointment was about to settle in, the last third of the film comes to fill that void with so many more fluids than I could have imagined.



If you enjoy Kaufman and his legendary Troma productions, then you certainly don’t wanna miss out on the latest film he directed. If you don’t like Kaufman’s in-your-face humor and find his scripts ridiculous: why are you even this far into my review, then?! “#ShakespearesShitstorm” deserves a hilariously gory 8/10 score.



Article written by SIMON ROTHER

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