The plot takes place in New York, and in the present. In a Hotel called “Quicky” a professor blackmails a student of his into having sex with him. But when the professor puts on a condom, the carnivorous condom bites off his penis and disappears. Detective Mackaroni who gets the case thinks that the college girl just bit off her teacher’s penis! Mackaroni goes to the motel himself to check out the crime scene, in the lobby he finds a gigolo named Bill and he asks him to follow him to crime room, there the two men attempt to have sex when they are suddenly interrupted by the attack of a killer condom.
In Lloyd Kaufmanâ€™s book â€śEverything I Needed to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avengerâ€ť he described a lot of Tromaâ€™s films as being â€ślovable goat sh*t.â€ť That being said I might enjoy Lloydâ€™s catalog of movies a bit more than he does and â€śKiller Condomâ€ť is no exception. That being said I didnâ€™t want to start this review with a disclaimer I will get into that in the next paragraph.
In watching Martin Walzâ€™s â€śKiller Condomâ€ť based on Ralf Konigâ€™s comic book, you have to understand the real title is in German â€śKondom des Grauensâ€ť and all the performances in the film are given in the German language. So youâ€™re probably saying to yourself â€śwhat is the big deal, itâ€™s just a foreign film?â€ť Well hereâ€™s where it gets a little bit interesting, this is the German film, with German actors, acting out the parts of New Yorkers and the film is set in Manhattan and is a spoof on cop dramas. And folks, if you know Troma they do weird quite well so think of this as the jump off point.
The clichĂ© of a macho donut eating gun slinging butch cop is nicely turned on its head when in â€śKiller Condomâ€ť he also happens to be gay. If youâ€™re bothered by gay stuff this isnâ€™t the movie for you, personally I am not. Also when we still have the danger of AIDS this is a film that is willing to show you the dangers of carnivorous condoms. On top that this film poke fun at the stereotypes of macho men and action heroâ€™s. Also the film has a nice gritty sleaze feel to it being full of hookers, perverts and religious fanatics.
One of the very interesting things I love about horror films is that more so than any other genre horror tends to play a beautiful double edged sword and the fact that while most of the genre down for being shallow it has some of the most deep statements on both a symbolic level and a human level. It is kind of hard to say with a straight face that a film entitled â€śKiller Condomâ€ť is such a film, because in reality it is.
Udo Samel who does an outstanding job of delivering us our clichĂ©d cop by the name of Luigi Mackeroni (not sure but I think â€śMackeroniâ€ť is German for â€śMacaroniâ€ť) is working the case to find out why young gay men at the same sleazy hotel are continuously being emasculated. After no one on the police force will believe Mackeroni that are condoms with teeth biting off menâ€™s wieners and he is taken off the case Mackeroni then goes renegade and continues the investigation on his own. When he finds the genetic research laboratory in the sewers of New York where the condoms are being made it also learns the people making them are doing such with a very malicious agenda.
I donâ€™t want to give too much away and I want to leave something for you to discover while watching the film but this is a treat. I donâ€™t like movies that are preachy, I think the genius of the movie it makes a great social statement like â€śNight of the Living Deadâ€ť is that it doesnâ€™t yell its opinion at you, you just have to watch it and pay attention to what it is saying â€“like wise youâ€™ll miss it. â€śKiller Condomâ€ť granted is not â€śNight of the Living Deadâ€ť but it certainly took a page out of its book and ran with it, just did it a lots sleazier.
Killer Condom (1996)