Origins of: An Almost True Story!

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"An Almost True Story: TOXIC TUTU" is a FAN film. Made with the intention of honoring the iconic, cult-classic film THE TOXIC AVENGER and its makers TROMA Entertainment and Lloyd Kaufman it's creator.

Mark Torgl who portrays the original main character Melvin the "Mop Boy" never made a convention appearance. In fact, Mark stayed almost completely out of public view as the 98 pound weakling he brought to life, even as his dedicated fan base grew over the last three decades.

When Mark was contacted - after an arduous search to find him, by the organizers of the Mad Monster Party to be their celebrity guest in 2013, he thought it over then called his best friend from NYU to join him on this memorable weekend to document him meeting his fans for the first time ever. 

A simple home movie gesture turned into an historic feature film event four years in the making, utilizing over eight states in the US and footage that was filmed and sent in from the UK and Canada and involved hundreds of eager fans who helped in every capacity imaginable during the nationwide production.

TOXIC TUTU utilizes the backdrop of several horror and cosplay conventions, which itself represents a culture little seen by the outside world.

Additionally, its producers have taken complete advantage (with the blessing of TROMA) to include facts linked to Torgl's obscurity as well as fictional story components already established in The Toxic Avenger, to spin a "mockumystery" that is "truly an authentic Troma tribute complete with gore, gross-out humor and lots of fun cameos from the types of names you’d normally see lining your local convention autograph area".

Further, TROMA Entertainment - a beloved New York City independent film production company that has been in business for over 40 years. It is arguably one of the most enduring independent film studio establishments in the world, giving TOXIC TUTU instant street credibility as an indie film among TROMA fans.

There is no higher honor than to receive support from TROMA itself, whose work has been adulated, criticized and revered as indie creme-de-la-creme of filmmaking for decades.

TOXIC TUTU is an experiment that came together as a feature film based on an idea. There was no script. There was no predictable consistency in cast or crew. The film was made on the inertia created by the love of fans, the persistence of the director, the generosity of TROMA Entertainment who opened their doors giving their blessing and resources and Mark Torgl's dedication to the project and his fans for whom he has the utmost respect!

The making of TOXIC TUTU has been an incredible journey for everyone involved. One that we believe TOXIC AVENGER fans will revere for years to come. Early indications of this became so clear during our world premier at Mad Monster Party in South Carolina last March when over a hundred fans turned out to meet Mark in person to show their love and support on that very special reunion screening exactly four years from the date it all began.

Updated 4-10-2017

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