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The king of micro-budget horror horror is surprisingly cool.

In contrast to his career in rough exploitation films, Lloyd Kaufman has spent the last 33 years calling a modestly decorated Upper East Side townhouse home.

The 76-year-old is best known for producing and distributing over 1,000 sex and gore films for small change through his film production company Troma Entertainment. But at the end of the day, he returns home to the Yorkville townhouse where he and his wife, Pat, raised their three adult daughters.

The four-story brownstone building is filled with antique 19th-century wood furniture and joinery, accentuated by artwork acquired during the couples’ travels – a rich excavation for the sovereign saint of comedic limb loss and harmful waste.

Kaufman devotes himself to directing the 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger (one of Marisa Tomei’s first credits), which made Trey Parker and Matt Stone famous with the distribution of their 1993 comedy Cannibal! The Musical” and set the record for the most squibs ever used in a single film (1988, “War of Troma”).

Despite being inexplicable to many, Troma’s attitudes towards excessive violence, politically incorrectness, oversized breasts and farcical superheroes have proven enduring, and today the company claims to be the world’s oldest continuously operating independent film company.

“The fans are our secret,” Kaufman told The Post, noting that despite years of fame, this is the first time he’s shown off his house to the press. “They are very active.”

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Lloyd’s and one of the countless Toxie fan arts he’s given him over the years.
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The interior is filled with foreign pottery, family photos and tasteful wallpaper, but everywhere there are signs of his hysterical professional identity: paintings, portraits, props and stickers of Toxie (left), a weakling, Jersey-born janitor turned deformed mop. The strong man and the protagonist of the “Toxic Avenger” is always there.

“He has so much fan art that we have to replicate it,” said Pat, Kaufman’s wife of 48 years and longtime head of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television Development. “He has to be very selective.”

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Lloyd has so much fan art that the couple needs to throw it away.
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Movie posters, each featuring one of their three daughters, hang in the hallway on the top floor of the house.
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In the backyard, a rusty silhouette of Toxie hangs on a wall, watching the brick-paved garden from the terrace where Lloyd wrote the script for the Citizen Toxie sequel. On the ground floor, someone attached a Toxie silicone head, emblazoned with an “I ‘heart’ TROMAVILLE” sticker, to the bumper above the Newel counter. And, most curiously to the uninitiated pedestrian, a carving of Toxie’s gargoyle-like head sits above the brownstone porch.

“When Uncle Lloydy called me about it, he explained that it would be over the door of his house forever,” Josh Turi, manufacturer and former makeup artist for Troma, told Kaufman about making the front man.

“And of course it had to be Toxie. Toxie is Lloyd’s Mickey Mouse.” (“Who do you think this character is? It’s Lloyd!” Pat once told The Ringer. “Lloyd was a 90-pound weakling. Lloyd is like a superhero fighting for the rights of little people.”)

Neither Kaufman nor Turi, who like many believe that the prolific director helped him enter Hollywood’s door, can’t remember when Toxie was cast in brownstone, and since there was no invoice, they don’t know how. confirm. but their best guess is that it was added to the façade ten years ago.

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A custom cast of Toxie, the protagonist of Troma’s most famous film, The Toxic Avenger.
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The Toxie’s mounted head is surprisingly thin.
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The townhouse is located in a residential area in the Yorkville area of ​​Upper Manhattan.
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Lloyd grew up near his current home and spent most of his life on the Upper East Side. For decades, Pat has been among the most influential professionals in the New York State film industry. The couple met at a friend’s boat party in Long Island Sound.
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“It was kind of a payback to him for helping me when I was young — I don’t think I took money from him,” Turi said of his gift. “I have known this man for many years. You either love him or you don’t understand. Lloyd means a lot to a lot of us here.”

Over the past 10 years, Toxie’s head has caused a number of doorbells. One person asked if it was Charles Lawton, another not Hillary Clinton, and one day the priest crossed the street to ask.

“I told him it was a satanic cult, but don’t worry, we live for world peace and climate control,” laughed Kaufman, admitting that he later revealed what it really was.

Although the doorbell doesn’t ring often, he says he gets recognized about twice a week, sometimes by people who think he’s Mel Brooks. This suits him just fine. “We are private individuals,” Pat said.

Inside, the mundane décor includes both fine art and more eccentric gear, such as an elephant mandible that Lloyd obtained while volunteering in Chad and brought back to the US with State Department approval, as well as masks from West Africa framed by maul fabrics. from Panama and a pair of custom-made equestrian trophies with couples’ faces given to them by the President of Mongolia. The Toxie figurine can sometimes be found riding Lloyd’s horse, and sometimes it disappears into other pastures in the house.

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Lloyd brushes the teeth of an elephant’s mandible he acquired in Chad.
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The Toksi figurine rides one of two custom-made horse statues given to the Kaufmans by the President of Mongolia.
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It is not uncommon for shelves to contain items ranging from family heirlooms to movie props.
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The art from the trips was mostly chosen by Pat, who also takes credit for putting the house together. Most of the family heirlooms belong to Lloyd.

“Almost all straight from his mother’s house,” Pat said, pointing to a Civil War chest of drawers. The former home of Lloyd’s parents is only a few blocks away – with the exception of his travels and his studies at Yale, the splatter movie buff scientist has spent almost his entire life on the Upper East Side.

Upstairs is their grandchildren’s playroom and their daughters’ old rooms full of unclaimed baby trinkets, Zabar’s bags, and Troma’s trinkets.

Lloyd’s sister nicknamed their house “The Old Antiques Store” because it’s filled with curiosities and curios.

Over the years, two films have been filmed in space, as well as countless trailers, interviews, and short clips directed by Lloyd for social media.

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The Kaufmans pictured here in Pat’s office have been married for 48 years.
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Japanese art, family photos, a cozy sofa, and behind it, casually folded next to another, is a hat given to Lloyd by the late English musician and Motörhead founder Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy.
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Formal dining room at the rear of the ground floor.
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The deck leads down to a brick-paved backyard.
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Downstairs, they have a rented apartment that a Troma fan currently lives in.

Before moving into the house in 1987, when Pat was pregnant with their third daughter, they lived on Lexington Avenue in a one-room apartment for which they paid $350 a month.

Kaufman still rides the Q train to Troma Studios in Long Island City, where the company moved from Hell’s Kitchen about 14 years ago.

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Mural of Toxie on the sliding gate of Troma Film Studios in Long Island City.

Most recently, the studio released Shakespeare’s Tempest.

According to Kaufman, the 2020 film will “probably” be his last.

A modern-day parody of The Tempest, this 94-minute film is just as gore, gore, and goo as any of his previous work, but also full of high-brow literary themes.

“That’s what I think makes his films so great – they’re full of references,” Pat said, beaming at her partner as he hobbled down their hallway with a big sword.

And just like in his films, Yale’s cake lessons in filth and absurdity, his home introduces green-skinned vigilantes, improbable heroes, and lewd jokes into subtle surroundings.

“If a [Toxie carving above my front door] fell and killed me, that would be a great way to get away. A fair ending,” Kaufman joked before quoting Shakespeare. “And our little life is surrounded by sleep,” says Prospero.

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