For those unaware, I’ve been a fan of Lloyd Kaufman and his Troma universe since day one, and I’m a proud Tromite! So today on Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m taking it back to when Troma became a household name in 1984 with the b-movie to end all b-movies…..The Toxic Avenger.
Let’s skip the foreplay and just get on with the kid on the bike getting his head run over by a car courtesy of bully Bozo and his cronies. And if you haven’t seen this movie…..for shame! Yeah, I’m talking to YOU.
If you know anything about me, then you know that I love promotional standees for horror movies! Actually, a lot of you probably don’t know that about me. It’s kinda like a deep dark secret. But anyway, once in a while I peruse eBay and see what pops up. And quite possibly the ‘holy grail’ of promotional standees appeared during my recent search!
Holy mops and toxic waste! Tell me you wouldn’t be the envy of all of your friends if you had that greeting them at the door when they came over. And how cool is it that it has an actual mop head attached? Now – you’re probably asking what something like this costs. Well………it would run you at least $250 (which honestly isn’t terrible considering the rarity of it), but the seller has a ‘Make Best Offer’ option as well. Head on over to the listing HERE and snatch it up if you’re feeling impulsive and extra toxic today!
Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day! Now, when we’re talking horror and the theme of Mother’s Day, there are really only two movies that are deemed worthy and surprisingly they’re both called Mother’s Day. First in 1980, we had Charles Kaufman (brother of Troma’s Lloyd) give us his version with hilarious and gross results. Then in 2010, a loose “remake” was dropped in our lap with the lovely Rebecca De Mornay taking on the role of the psychotic mother.
It’s all about the ‘hammer into the penis’ from the original 1980 version though. So much so, that I’ve talked about it before on Sunday Bloody Sunday. But….I didn’t ever show the actual clip! And the clip is much better than a couple of low quality pictures. So in honor of Mother’s Day and all of the hard working mothers who deserve a day off to watch a guy get his junk ripped open by a hammer, here it is in all of it’s unrealistic glory:
I’ve mentioned before what a huge fan I am of Troma movies and in particular the granddaddy of them all: The Toxic Avenger. So if you’ve ever wondered what happened to the actor who played Melvin, our favorite little tutu wearing nerd who transformed into a hideous toxic crime fighter, you’re in luck! Mark Torgl has teamed up with director Joe Nardelli to document in mockumentary form what his life is like now, 30 years after he was mopping the gym floors on the big B-movie screen. And they’re calling it: Toxic Tutu
The duo and crew are looking to raise some last minute cash to film the big Troma-influenced finale and only have about 11 days left to do so. Taking their cause to Indigogo to help out the project is good news for you, because all donation amounts will get you a little something! Everything from autographs to associate producer credits. And no amount is too small at this point, so head over to the project page HERE and donate whatever you can and watch the teaser trailer while you’re at it!
The shitty horror movie has always existed and still does of course (that was too easy of a set up for Smiley). But the beauty of a shitty horror movie is if it actually knows it’s shitty. Which is why growing up, I always could rely on Troma Entertainment to supply me with my “so shitty, it’s good” movie quota. Founder of Troma, Lloyd Kaufman, is a king in the independent movie scene. And in a future post, I’ll tell you exactly why. But the matter of this post today is not about that, but about the sequel that has been almost 27 years in the making. Everyone who watched Troma’s 1986 classic Class Of Nuke ‘Em High on USA’s Up All Night, can finally exhale and rejoice….because in 2013, Tromites around the world will finally have Return To Nuke ‘Em High!
Take this with a grain of salt or a dash of pepper if you will, but it’s being reported by It’s On The Grid that John Travolta is attached to star in the remake of Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 B-Movie classic, The Toxic Avenger. Director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is scheduled to be behind the camera with Lloyd Kaufman contributing as producer and writer as well. If true, this would be some of the most interesting movie news to “come out” in awhile.
*look who’s been sweatin’ to the oldies!*
Now I for one would welcome John Travolta to Tromaville. The burning question on everyone’s mind though would be: who would he play in this toxic remake? Would he be man enough to grab the big mop and portray our hero Toxie? Or possibly transform, accent and all, into stereotypical Irish cop, Officer O’Clancy? Better yet….and this would be a stretch of course for more than one reason….but maybe Johnny Boy could be the leader of the street toughs who cause chaos and offer up hilarious dialogue in the restaurant scene. There would be some pigment issues, but he could step into and try to fill the big army shoes of Frank. I think he could “pull it off”!
*a bad pun was just made at the expense of my ripped off arm*
Let’s wait and see if this rumor/news gets verified before we start planning our Travolta Troma party. In the meantime, go back and watch the original Toxic Avenger to see low budget/b-movie perfection at it’s finest. Just don’t watch Part 2. Seriously. Don’t do it. And while we’re at it – don’t watch Hairspray or you’ll be subjected to this: