The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta (2013)
Starring: Pascal Maetens, Karel Vingerhoets, Celine Verbeeck, Eline Danasovsky, Sofie Hoflack, Andreas Perschewski.
My Review and Thoughts:
Well leave it up to Troma to bring out a movie like this. If you know me I am a huge B-movie, Drive-In late-night Cult status film buff. I collect low budget cheesy pieces of cinema. Many of my collection consist of wonderful cheesy films by the one and only company Troma.
Troma never fails in bringing out wonderful over the top, Cult type films, and behold The Thingy is a prime example of that over the top cheesy glory that I look forward to. This is pure original, spelled out with a Capital O. I thought I had seen it all and heard the most outrageous title to a movie, but now I stand corrected. The Thingy is clearly one of kind and is a film that will make you think that you just seen everything possible.
To spew out the plot you have a bodybuilder named Marianne who gives birth to a living Placenta. A mother’s love shows no bounds. She keeps and raises the Placenta as her loving child. Her goal is to make sure her child grows and lives a normal life. She gives her living child Placenta the name Luke. Add in a mixture of whores, junkies and drunk people, mixing with the world of lust, judgmental society and the idea of faith and you have the plot to this film. Luke tries to find acceptance in the world.
Believe it or not this movie does have an important message behind it. Love has no boundaries. The love of a mother. An idea of an insane world. A judgmental world. A struggle of belonging. Mainly the aspects of finding oneself and finding the love that should prevail. If all that makes sense, then you get what this movie details. This is a grindhouse style film. A comical, satire and pure Drive-In entertainment.
I laughed so hard at times. I personally don’t know how these actors and actresses kept a straight face. I bet you there had to be a lot of outtakes.
Directed by Joël Rabijns and Yves Sondermeier. This is both directors first feature length film. Both have done short films, but this is the first feature length production. This was originally released in 2013, it has taken a very long time to come out to the public.
Thankfully Troma has bought this out for one of there Team Releases and it goes right up there with there style of cinema. Originally titled The Miracle of Life.
The two-main characters besides the Placenta (smirks), is Marianne and Father Julio Gritty. Marianne is played wonderfully by Pascal Maetens. Gives a laugh out funny reality. How a straight face was kept and how Pascal made a straight forward reality in making you see a seriousness in the character and what the plot was, makes you see Pascal’s acting ability, even with it’s low budget reality. Pascal made you believe the reality taking place if that’s possible. Karel Vingerhoets who plays Father Julio, cracked me up. I thought he truly was the best character besides the Placenta puppet.
This is another solid Blu-ray release by Troma the wonderment of outrageous cinema. The Thingy was a perfect choice for Troma to bring out.
My Rating: 3 out of 5
This was filmed in a grindhouse style of entertainment and you should expect that type of reality when watching this film. The colors at times are vibrant and the Placenta and gore effects work splendid with the quality of imagery. The sound works crisp. A solid low budget style film.
Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
My Rating: 4 out of 5
A great collection of special features. It has the all-important introduction by the man himself Lloyd Kaufman (President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger). Always a treat to hear Lloyd, and Troma fans, (at least I do), look forward to this added feature on all Troma’s and Troma Team releases. This time around as always Lloyd had me rolling in comical banter. His introduction was truly priceless. Gut busting.
Featurette: “Am I Really That Ugly?”
Troma Now Xtreme Edition
Return To Nuke Em High Volume 1 Theatrical Trailer
Return To Return To Nuke Em High AKA Volume 2 Theatrical Trailer
I have to say this is one of Troma wildest, weirdest and craziest examples of films bought out by them on the Team Release, for their fans. Diehard Troma lovers and collectors with scoop this right up and create a Cult following of this film. This has all the trademarks of a Cult status film. I can see this growing a fan base, and laughing, smirking and most of all enjoying all it’s over the top strangeness.
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