Back in 2007, writer/director Leo Leigh made a campy horror movie called Loony in the Woods that ended up sitting on the shelf for six years until Troma picked it up for a special VHS-only release. I haven’t been able to find a trailer for the movie yet but you can read the synopsis in the press release below.
It’s kind of fun that Troma is doing a VHS-only release (there is a bit of a VHS revival amongst collectors) but I don’t own a VHS player myself so it’s not likely that I’ll be watching this anytime soon. For those of you Troma fans out there with VHS players though, you may be interested in picking this up.
August 15, 2013, New York, NY – Keeping with its tradition of releasing ‘Movies of the Future,’ the Troma Team’s release of LOONY IN THE WOODS is the first VHS-only release by a major studio in 15 years! Relive the golden age of the slasher film with this retro, blood-drenched debut from budding UK director Leo Leigh. This goretastic throw-back to the days of Mary Whitehouse’s ‘Video Nasties’ list can be purchased only at the Troma Shop!
A camping trip full of booze, burgers and boobs; seems like a nice way for a group of friends to spend a vacation they will never forget. Unfortunately, no one will survive to remember the trip! Something lurks in these barren woods, something more insane than a chainsaw-weilding psycho, something more brutal than a machete swinging mama’s boy, and more savage than a tribe of flesh-eating cannibals…There’s a LOONY loose! And this LOONY IN THE WOODS will have you singing a different tune!
Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Class of Nuke ’em High, Mother’s Day and Tromeo & Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink. Among today’s luminaries whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth. Visit Troma at www.troma.com, www.lloydkaufman.com, www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman, and www.tromapast.tumblr.com.
by Ben McBride
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