Long before theaters were littered with superhero films, Troma Entertainment introduced viewers to New Jersey’s first superhuman hero: The Toxic Avenger! The 1984 B-movie has gone on to become a beloved cult classic – but its star, Mark Torgl, has rarely been heard from in the 30+ years since… until now.
Toxic Tutu is a mockumentary that pays tribute to The Toxic Avenger and its legacy. The almost-true story follows Mark Torgl – who played the 98-pound weakling Melvin Junko the “Mop Boy” – on a two-year journey to monster and horror conventions. For the first time ever, the actor candidly discusses his experiences on the set of the cult-classic film, including his exposure to toxic waste, and the true purpose of his recent public appearances.
Toxic Tutu also documents Torgl’s long-awaited reunion with Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger. Guest appearances include Survivor reality TV icon Jonny FairPlay, pro wrestling superstars Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Jimmy Valiant, indie horror staple Shawn C. Phillips (Ghost Shark), kung-fu great Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death) and The Toxic Avenger cast members D.J. Calvitto and Sarabel Levinson.
Toxic Tutu is currently in post-production. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise the funds necessary to complete the process. Perks include lunch with the stars of the film, limited edition autographed posters, on-screen credits and more. Contributions can be made on Indiegogo.
Director/producer Joe Nardelli aims to launch a college campus anti-bullying initiative to accompany the film. He explains, “At its core, Toxic Tutu is about celebrating the differences. This film intends to serve the generations of fans who have experienced The Toxic Avenger – self-professed nerds, geeks, counter-culture individuals; members of a community who dare to be different!”
“This is a very important historic, sociological film,” adds the legendary Kaufman. “Please help Joe Nardelli.” Kaufman is also reaching out to Toxic Avenger fans Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith on the filmmakers’ behalf in an attempt to get them to appear in the movie.