Toxic Tutu is a strange, strange film because it tries to be a lot of things. It's a reunion film because it reunites a lot of the main cast from the original Toxic Avenger film. It's also a thank you letter to all of the fans of that film as it takes places mostly at horror conventions with fans talking on camera. It's also a conspiracy tale that revolves around the original toxic waste from the first Toxic Avenger movie. And lastly, it is a metaphysical allegory for what it is to live life as a mortal being who becomes immortal through film and fandom.
This might very well be the strangest mockumentary in history.
As a Troma and Toxie fan, I was pretty stoked to see a movie like this. The idea of there being a big cover-up behind the scenes around the original Toxic Avenger, and its affects on Mark Torgl was a fascinating take on my favorite movie. As far as I'm concerned this is the sixth Toxie movie.Yes, sixth.
- The Toxic Avenger
- The Toxic Avenger Part II
- The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
- Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV
- Toxic Crusaders: The Movie (which is the first 3 or 4 episodes edited into a film)
- Toxic Tutu
There are also a ton of cameo appearances in this! I was definitely shocked by the amount of talent that appeared in this movie. B-movie stars and starlets, pro-wrestlers, podcasters, commentators, etc., they're all here to pay tribute to Mark Torgl and his legacy as Melvin the Mop Boy! I won't ruin any of the cameos, but I was really impressed by the turnout.
Troma, funny enough, isn't distributing Toxic Tutu. No idea why, but it is brought to us by the good people at Sector 5 Films. Toxic Tutu does though feature a great deal of footage from Troma, The Toxic Avenger, and various Troma alumni and current Tromites. Even CEO Lloyd Kaufman has a supporting role in this movie, which makes it's disconnect from Troma even more mysterious.
There is a bit of sadness though with this film. The director, Joe Nardelli, passed away before it's release I believe. I'm not sure if he was able to see the final cut at all, but I hope he did. There's definitely an audience for weird movies like this. Shoe-string-budget avant-garde love letters to friends and fans. This was a passion project for sure, and it shows.
In the galaxy of cult film actors and actresses, Mark Torgl has always been beloved but there's been this disconnect between him and his fans. No idea why. In Toxic Tutu he mentions how he only recently started going to conventions to meet his fans, so maybe he's finally coming out of his shell. I'd love to see him at NYCC and get a picture with him, that's for sure.
I say give Toxic Tutu a watch, currently it's on Amazon Prime and also available on DVD. It's interesting and a load of fun.