Michael Herz

Michael Herz is a producer, director and screenwriter, who formed the independent film production and distribution company Troma with Lloyd Kaufman. The duo is well-known for making sexually graphic, violent, gory, but ... Read more »

Filmography

Producer (42)

Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Parts of the Family 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tales from the Crapper 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

All The Love You Cannes! 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Terror Firmer 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fag Hag 1997 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

The Legend of the Raven: Chosen One 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tromeo and Juliet 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Invasion of the Space Preachers 1990 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jakarta 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Toxic Avenger, Part II 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

1,000 Ways to Die 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fortress of Amerikkka 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Adventure of the Action Hunters 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blood Hook 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lust For Freedom 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Redneck Zombies 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Surf Nazis Must Die 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The House on Tombstone Hill 1987 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Combat Shock 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nuke 'Em High 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dark Side of Midnight 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Toxic Avenger 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

War Cat 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

When Nature Calls 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Girls School Screamer 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Screamplay 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Splatter University 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stuck on You! 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

The First Turn-On! 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Waitress 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mother's Day 1980 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Squeeze Play 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dragon Lady 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (8)

Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Toxic Avenger, Part II 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

1,000 Ways to Die 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Toxic Avenger 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Stuck on You! 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The First Turn-On! 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Waitress 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Toxic Crusaders 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Creator

Stuck on You! 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Michael Herz is a producer, director and screenwriter, who formed the independent film production and distribution company Troma with Lloyd Kaufman. The duo is well-known for making sexually graphic, violent, gory, but comedic and campy low-budget exploitation movies that play on 1950s horror film conventions. Their most famous work was the cult classic franchise "The Toxic Avenger", which includes three films Herz and Kaufman both co-directed and co-produced. "The Toxic Avenger" series follows the adventures of a hapless janitor who becomes a superhero through an accident with toxic waste. Herz and Kaufman's 1986 comedy horror film "Class of Nuke 'Em High" featured students who experience alarming physical mutations because of their high school's proximity to a toxic waste dump. This film spawned two sequels and became a cult classic in much the same way as "The Toxic Avenger". Herz and Kaufman worked with writer/cartoonist James Gunn on the critically acclaimed "Tromeo and Juliet", a bit of a departure in that it's an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", but still featured Troma's quintessential overt sexuality, violence, and quirk--exemplified by the choice to have Lemmy from metal band Motörhead narrate the film. With the fast food industry satire "Poultrygeist:Night of the Chicken Dead ", Kaufman adapted the script, produced, and directed, while Herz only acted as one of the producers. The film, which centered around trapped people under attack from chicken zombie demons inside a fast food restaurant, has received more critical praise then any other film in Troma's history.

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