Director – Joe Nardelli (The Sub Shop, Butterfly and the Beast)
Starring – Mark Torgl (The First Turn-On!, The Toxic Avenger), Lloyd Kaufman (Graveyard Stories, Werewolf Bitches From Outer Space), and Frank L. Messina (Shampoo Horns, Blood Ties)
Release Date – 2017
Rating – 1/5
Tagline – “The almost true story of what became of The Toxic Avenger’s Melvin the Mopboy”
I’ve been obsessed with Troma for about 15 years now. I absolutely love Lloyd Kaufman and anything associated with Troma. I’ve collected Troma for sometime and over the years I’ve seen some amazing films that were released by Troma or attached to Lloyd in one way or another.
A few years ago I was sent word on the horror comedy Toxic Tutu which started the Mopboy Melvin from the original Toxic Avenger. I thought the film was a documentary about Mark’s disappearance for more than 30 years but I was wrong. This is actually a feature length movie centered around his disappearance and the filming of The Toxic Avenger. I recently learned that Chemical Burn Entertainment was releasing the film on DVD so I reached out to them for a review copy. Thank you for allowing Horror Society and myself the opportunity to check this out.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows Mark Torgl who has disappeared from the public eye after filming The Toxic Avenger only to reappear at a con 30 years later. He greets his fans but he id harboring a dark secret. The toxic waste used in the filming of The Toxic Avenger was real toxic waste and now he is highly addicted to it. To make matters worse, there is a secret organization after Mark so they too can get some of the toxic waste he has been hoarding.**Spoiler Alert**
I went into Toxic Tutu extremely excited. In fact, I was so excited to review it when it arrived that I almost took a personal day and skipped worked. I wanted to love this one but I can’t. I was very disappointed in the film and, to be honest, I have no idea what is going on.
The acting in this one is backyard grade. I’ve reviewed no budget films for sometime now and this one has some of the worst acting I’ve seen yet. None of the cast seems prepared for their roles. It’s almost as if they were asked on the spot at a con to appear in the film with just moments to prepare their lines. Even Torgl seems confused during most of the scenes. Preparation and a controlled setting would have made this film so much more enjoyable.
The story for this one could be interesting if given a different approach. We get a film centered mostly around a con with a story that is so chaotic that it is almost impossible to follow. I can only assume that the filming of this was one of the most “fly by the seat of your pants” productions to ever get a DVD release. The setting of the film and the guerilla like filming makes it almost mind numbing to follow. No structure can be scene and the film suffers for it.
Finally, this is not a bloody flick. We do get a little practical effects here and there but blood is not the focus of this film. Instead, this character driven film focuses more on fans of Torgl than anything else. Overall, Toxic Tutu is a bold and ambitious film that just does not work. It is chaotic, rushed, and problematic. This My Name is Bruce inspired film is almost unwatchable if you ask me. Troma fans will need this one for their collection but the average horror fan will want to skip it.