Who does not remember the 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger? Crowd-funding is now underway to create a mockumentary for the film called Toxic Tutu. Star Mark Torgl (Melvin Junko the "Mop Boy") has rarely been heard from in 30+ years, but now he has resurfaced to host this almost-true story.
The mockumentary follows Torgl 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: http://bit.ly/toxictutuigg.
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!"
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.
The goal is set at $12,000 and of that total, $160 has been raised. There are 37 days left to help make Toxic Tutu.