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After I was able to forgive Troma for giving me a VCR-phobia for the better part of my childhood, I quickly became a fan of their off-kilter, social commentary-and-gore-soaked offerings, renting awesome homegrown and acquired flicks like Christmas Evil, Redneck Zombies and Surf Nazis Must Dies OVER and OVER as a teenager. By the time I was out of high school, I was pretty much a wholehearted devotee to the Troma cause - at one point, I even thought about moving to New York JUST so I could work as an unpaid stage hand for the company!

Although just about everybody knows what Troma is, I really do not think a lot of people really know what Troma is about. Although it is certainly true that the company peddles exploitative sleaze, shock and schlock, it is also a company that produces and releases films with some pretty heavy subtext about real-life social and political issues. For every goofy sex comedy like Stuck on You or Sizzle Beach, USA, the company releases two or three profound (although usually EXTREMELY graphic) flicks like Suicide, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead and Special Needs: say what you will about the channel the company makes its messages through, you really cannot say that the company DOESNT have anything worthwhile to say about the world in general.

With Halloween right around the corner, I decided to make a list of what I consider to be the ten absolute must-see Troma offerings. Now, this is not a list of the objectively best or most entertaining Troma films, just the ten that I think BEST exemplifies what the company is about. There are definitely a lot of tremendous films that did not make the countdown that are well worth going out of your way to see, but for those of you looking on a primer on what the company has to offer, I suppose this is about as concise and manageable a list as I could muster.

Here's hoping you have a pad and a number two pencil handy for this one. . .