“Playing chicken”

Films: Poultrygeist-Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Civilized Area

Height/Weight: That of average humans (for the most part).

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: Imagine for a moment that Troma was just some humdrum film company and not the ever-bubbling cauldron of insanity constantly churning out all manner of celluloid chaos. You can't. You just can't. And this film is just one of many examples of proof.

History: Long ago, the Tromahawk tribe was brutally slaughtered by colonists, and the chickens they raised were sent to concentration coops. Just hang in there, it doesn't get any better from here. After many centuries, the Tromahawk burial ground was desecrated, bulldozed, and made to be the base for a fast-food restaurant called the American Chicken Bunker. Alas, the angered spirits of both the tribe and the chickens rose to possess the living, mutilate the living, and generally cause a grand massacre.

Notable Kills: A possessed cooked chicken trips a guy into a meat grinder (though he's later reincarnated as a sandwich), while another bites off a guy's johnson after he tries to...please it. A guy also turns into an egg for a chicken monster. The Poultrygeists' murders include tearing a woman's face off, slicing a head into pieces, a guy getting assaulted by living burrowing chicken nuggets, biting a guy's nose off, and stomping on another's head.

Final Fate: All of the Poultrygeists are taken care of via a combination of beer and a Muslim suicide bomber (this film kind of sucks, honestly). Then our heroes perish in a car explosion when an egg pops up in it. Ah well, at least the day is saved.

Powers/Abilities: Seemingly boundless, bit all keeps coming back to infected fast food, and attacking one another to spread the curse.

Weakness: Anything conventional, as well as alchohol.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-In a film full of racial stereotypes, implicit homophobia, and all other things that only a "Family Guy" fan would find funny, these monsters are admittingly perfect for the sort of depravity that Troma's good at. With violence unending and some rather grotesque designs, they prove that even Kaufman can make a zombie invasion interesting.

Trivia: -Admittingly, one of the characters goes on a diatribe about how the pursuit of alcohol ruined a lot of Native American tribes. And he’s right. Back then and even now, alcohol seems to prematurely end the lives of those of Native American descent more than it does others. Of course, this is based on data and maaabye a bit of stereotyping, but then, this film isn't exactly vouching for a peace award, is it?

-According to a documentary based of this film, named "Poultry in Motion: Truth Is Stranger Than Chicken", production was a mess. Funding was hard to come by, most of the actors were merely volunteers, and the main set got destroyed just a day before shooting ended. Nevertheless, a genuine Troma flick was born out of the trouble.


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