Thirty years after starring as the original Melvin the “Mop Boy” in the cult-classic, horror comedy THE TOXIC AVENGER, Mark Torgl unexpectedly resurfaces at a horror convention where he is abducted.

A madcap series of events unfold linking Torgl to rumors of a toxic substances used on the set of the infamous film and ultimately to the reason he has been gone for so long.

 “An Almost True Story: TOXIC TUTU” is a FAN film that pays homage to the original cult-classic horror, comedy THE TOXIC AVENGER released by TROMA Entertainment in 1984. TOXIC TUTU is a one-of-a-kind, self-proclaimed “mockumystery” that reveals what "really" occurred on the set of that infamous film.

The plot that emerges in TOXIC TUTU is tied to the plight of conflicted sisters who are desperate to get their hands on Torgl, and a “toxic substance” their father presumably introduced to the TROMA set in 1984.

Torgl, inadvertently linked to the toxic substance, engages in a chaotic pursuit to get to the source - an oasis located somewhere in the marshlands of New Jersey. He escapes a heated rivalry between the desperate siblings who hold him captive, and manages to get to the source first.

Once there, he encounters an unfathomable fate that leaves TROMA fans with their "Mop Boy's" oozy remains and only heavenly traces of Melvin's infamous creator, Lloyd Kaufman. Both revered by their fan-dumb and now thought to be gone forever.

NYU filmmaker and Torgl’s best friend, Joe Nardelli, captures Mark’s first time convention appearance and unexpected abduction on tape. He sifts through footage and begins to see evidence of Mark's confounding plight. 

Nardelli becomes involved in the unraveling of the mystery of the toxic substance. All-the-while piecing together clues from “behind the scenes” convention footage that eventually provide the basis for the narrative that emerges.

“An Almost True Story: TOXIC TUTU” ends the rumors about Mark's exposure to toxic substances that ultimately lead to his thirty-years of obscurity, while it introduces a hopeful future for TROMA Entertainment and millions of “Tromites” worldwide who never would have known the truth behind the Origins of Melvin!

Director: Joe Nardelli
Length: 83 Minutes/Color
Format/s: Blu-Ray, DVD and DCP

Canadian Premier: May 6th, 2017 at SHOCK STOCK Film Festival in London, Ontario Canada

Starring: Mark Torgl, Lloyd Kaufman, Jonny Fairplay and Frank Messina.

Special appearances by original cast members of the “The Toxic Avenger” including: Dominic “Skippy” Calvitto, Gary “Bozo” Schneider, Rob “Slug” Prichard and Sarabel “Toxie’s Mom” Levinson who appears in her last silver screen performance.

Guest Appearances by: Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Mel Novak, Schawn C. Phillips, Diana Prince, Jimmy “Boogie Woogie Man” Valiant, Nadia White, Nicola Fiore, Genoveva Rossi, Jeremy Ambler, Melissa Joyce, Oxana Lovitch, Burt Culver and introducing “Tutu Joe” Nardelli.

Updated 4-10-2017