Doug once again returned to Tromaville to co-produce this take on Shakespeare’s final stage play ‘The Tempest’ alongside director Lloyd Kaufman & producers Justin Martell, John Brennan & Troma’s first lady Pat Kaufman! Sakmann also acted as VFX Coordinator and SPFX Supervisor which included creating over 500 gallons of fake whale excrement and a custom irrigation system in order to expel the massive amounts of liquid!  It is Troma’s most insane movie to date, which is saying a lot!

The movie premiered at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival and has been playing at film festivals and virtual screenings to rave reviews, find out more & where to see it at!

Hear what the critics have to say:

“The film has plenty of practical effects for classic horror fans and fans of Troma alike. We get some great blood and gore effects along with so many amazing looking puppets that, once again, brand the Troma humor. The make-up effects look great and are in the running for best of the year. Overall, #Shakespeare’s Shitstorm is like no other. The film is everything a Troma fan could ask for. Lloyd once again shows why Troma has a dedicated following and #Shakespeare’s Shitstorm is the best film of 2020. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS FILM. Every second is entertaining.” –

“…the film is surprisingly even-handed in its rhetoric, especially given the broad register it operates in, portraying both the virtues and the ills of a (performatively) enlightened society gone awry. In the end, the saturating melange of political and social commentary — including the welcomingly progressive treatment of body, race, and gender — while entirely outrageous, manages to embody its own sort of wokeness. #ShakespearesShitstorm is an act of defiance by a singular artist, evolving in his own way.” – Jaime Grijalba Gomez,

“…what endears me most to #ShakespearesShitstorm is Lloyd Kaufman’s incredible grasp on Shakespeare’s work and intent, as well as the director’s unflinching introspection. Kaufman approaches conversations on his art and how the world around him has changed as he has created it with sincerity and even sadness similar to that of Charlie Chaplin in his final years. This is an exploitation film unlike any other, and it is a pure and simple cinematic masterpiece.” – Jesse Berberich,

“If you’re looking for gross-out humour and over the top action (that car crash makes a welcome appearance, of course), you won’t be disappointed. There’s even a sequence that almost out-does Brian Yunza’s Society for body horror. This is probably Troma’s pièce de résistance, a film in which all the elements come together to create one marvelous magnum opus. The satire, gross-out humour, use of Shakespeare and complete irreverence work perfectly. It’s even better than Derek Jarman’s version of the story.” – Starburst Magazine

Here is what Dread Central has to say about the project:

Troma movie titles never leave much to the imagination, and such is again the case with the Toxic Avenger company’s latest effort, Shakespeare’s Shitstorm. Directed by company chief Lloyd Kaufman from a screenplay by Brandon Bassham, the gross-out farce stars Kaufman as The Tempest’s Prince Prospero in a modern take on the Bard’s 17th century play. Many Troma favorites appear in the cast, including Tromeo and Juliet’s Debbie Rochon. Troma has given Dread Central the exclusive first trailer to Shakespeare’s Shitstorm. Are you ready?

For more details on the film, we’ll let Kaufman and his team take it away:

Coming 25 years after the release of Tromeo and Juliet, Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team are going “back to the Bard” with the best interpretation so far of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Prospero, the brilliant and generous pharma scientist, had his life and career ruined by blind, greedy, perverted pharmaceutical execs, causing him and his very hot daughter Miranda to flee from NYC to Tromaville, New Jersey. When the evil execs and their elite guests take a celebratory luxury cruise to North Korea, Prospero uses his science, magic and a load of whale laxative to create the titular Shitstorm, wrecking the cruise ship and causing the execs to wash up in Tromaville.

“Prospero has planned a ‘brutal revenge’ with all the sex, mutations, musical numbers and violence that Shakespeare always wanted but never had,” says Kaufman. You can follow Kaufman’s “final” movie here #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM and dig more Troma insanity over here.