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Toxic Avenger Remake Gets Sausage Party Director

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Toxic Avenger Remake Gets Sausage Party Director
After gestating in development for nearly six years, The Toxic Avenger remake is finally moving forward with a new director. Conrad Vernon, who co-directed the hit R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, has signed on to direct. Mike Arnold (Archer) and Chris Poole (The Grackle) have come aboard to rewrite the script for this long-awaited remake, which was first written by the project's original director, Steve Pink and D.C. Franklin.

Deadline says this new version is a more grounded and mainstream approach to The Toxic Avenger, which first hit theaters in 1984 from director Lloyd Kaufman. The story followed a New Jersey teenager named Melvin, a nerdy janitor who falls into a vat of hazardous waste, which transforms him into The Toxic Avenger. Here's what Conrad Vernon had to say in a statement about joining this project.

"The opportunity to re-imagine a favorite cult-classic from my high school years is an honor.
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Review: "The Toxic Avenger Part II' (1989), Blu-ray Special Edition From Troma Entertainment

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By Ernie Magnotta

While working at the Tromaville Health Club in 1984, goodhearted, 98lb. weakling Melvin “The Mop Boy” was tricked into wearing a pink tutu and teased unmercifully until he fell from a two-story window and landed in a vat of nuclear waste. The toxic chemicals changed little Melvin, transforming him into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength. Melvin became The Toxic Avenger, the first superhero from New Jersey!

Written and Directed by the great Lloyd Kaufman (and co-directed by his partner-in-slime, Michael Herz), The Toxic Avenger, which is a thoroughly entertaining and unique combination of the superhero genre, raunchy and over-the-top comedy, as well as full-on horror movie-type gore, not only became an instant hit, but singlehandedly built Troma films (Toxie is the company’s mascot much like Spider-man is to Marvel Comics). The Toxic Avenger character became so popular that, over the years, fans were
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April 14th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Babadook, Class of 1984, Long Weekend, Tales of Terror

The second week of April is a big one for horror fans, as one of the most buzzed-about indie genre films of 2014—The Babadook—is finally coming home this Tuesday courtesy of Scream Factory and IFC Midnight. There are also a multitude of classic cult titles arriving in high-def on April 14th as well, including Long Weekend, Tales of Terror, the sequels to both The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ’Em High, and Class of 1984.

Several new titles are also being released this week including Jinn, Roadside, and Echoes, and 20th Century Fox is unleashing their terror-filled sequel, The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death, on both Blu-ray and DVD.

The Babadook (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray & DVD)

Amelia (AFI Award winner Essie Davis, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Slap) is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband.
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Round-Up: Read a Short Story from ‘Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts,’ Troma Blu-ray Releases, Rick Baker’s Film Props Auction

From Crystal Lake Publishing, Jasper Bark's Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts is now available worldwide in bookstores and online and we've been provided with one of the collection's short stories, "Taking the Piss" (a truly haunting revenge tale), to share with Daily Dead readers. Also included in our latest round-up are Blu-ray release details and cover art for Troma's The Toxic Avenger: Part II and Class Of Nuke ’Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, as well as details on an upcoming auction of film props from make-up effects mastermind Rick Baker.

Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts: "A word of caution gentle reader, these tales will take you places you’ve never been before and may never dare revisit. They’ll whisper truths so twisted you can only face them in the darkest hours of the night. They’ll unlock desires so decadent you’ll never wash their taint from your flesh.
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Tromutants – Get your Latest Troma blurays!

Greetings from Tromaville! Troma Entertainment is pleased to announce its April 2015 Blu-Ray releases are now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Headlining Troma’s new releases is the newly restored smash hit, The Toxic Avenger Part II Blu-Ray/DVD combo. The beloved sequel to the best-selling Toxic Avenger, known to some as “Toxie in Japan,” includes a brand new introduction from director Lloyd Kaufman and many other ‘Tromatic’ special features! Lovingly remastered by legendary Troma … Continue reading →

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Blu-ray Release Details for Class Of Nuke ’Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, The Toxic Avenger: Part II & Rabid Grannies

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While Troma Entertainment continues to offer thought-provoking new films, fervent fans of the creative company no doubt always keep an eye out for Blu-ray releases of cherished Troma movies from back in the day. Troma’s upcoming high-definition slate should more than please its loyal legion of viewers, as it’s been revealed that this spring they will release Blu-rays of three cult films from the late ’80s/early ’90s.

According to Blu-ray.com, the Class Of Nuke ‘Em High II: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991) and The Toxic Avenger: Part II (1989) Blu-rays will come out on April 14th, while Rabid Grannies is set to hit shelves on March 10th.

Below, we have the films’ synopses as well as the special features that will be included on the The Toxic Avenger: Part II and Rabid Grannies Blu-rays (via Blu-ray.com). The extras for Class Of Nuke ‘Em High II: Subhumanoid Meltdown
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Six Troma Movies Coming to UK Blu-ray

A school track team facing killer workouts in the literal sense, a demented mother with two immoral sons all too willing to please her, and the janitor turned toxic enforcer of justice: you can soon see these and other cult classic Troma stories in the high definition bliss of Blu-ray in the UK, as British distribution company 88 Films recently announced their upcoming home media releases of seven cult films, including six Troma titles.

88 Films announced that this fall and winter they will release the Troma movies Graduation Day (1981), Tromeo and Juliet (1996), The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989), The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989), The Toxic Avenger IV: Citizen Toxie (1989), and Mother’s Day (1980), as well as Full Moon Features’ Head of the Family (1996). The release dates will range from October 14th to December 31st, depending on each title:

Graduation Day (1981) Blu-ray – November 17th release:

“After a high school track runner,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger in talks for Toxic Avenger remake

The reboot of the 1980s cult film Toxic Avenger has Arnold Schwarzenegger in talks. Steve Pink and Daniel C. Mitchell wrote the script for the film which is being produced by Elysium Films as well as Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, Charlie Corwin and Michael Benaroya. The story follows Melvin Ferd III, a skinny, feeble guy who falls into toxic waste and transforms into a creature who fights crime. Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the original film which starred Andrew Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion and Robert Prichard. There were three films: The Toxic Avenger (1984), The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989) and The Toxic Avenger: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989).
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John Travolta attached to The Toxic Avenger remake?

There’s a chance we should take this one with a healthy dose of salt, but according to industry tracking website It’s On The Grid, John Travolta is attached to the title role in the proposed remake of the 1984 cult comedy-horror The Toxic Avenger, which is set to be directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) from a screenplay by Pink and Daniel C. Mitchell (Dead Last).

Originally released in 1984, The Toxic Avenger centres on a mild-mannered janitor who finds himself transformed into a mutated superhuman crime-fighter after falling into a vat of toxic waste. Produced and directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, The Toxic Avenger was an early hit for Troma Entertainment - with Toxie becoming the official mascot of the company) - and spawned the sequels The Toxic Avenger Part II, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV,
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Special Features - A Brief History of Troma Entertainment

Luke Owen presents a brief history of the cult production and distribution company Troma Entertainment...

It’s a name that is synonymous among B-Movie horror fans with movies that more often than not fall into the “so bad they’re good” category. Since their inception in 1974, Troma Entertainment’s surreal look at cinema has led them to distribute 97 movies with only a handful actually being made by 'The House That Toxie Built'. Tomorrow, Arrow Films are re-releasing 3 of Troma’s back catalogue: Combat Shock, Class of Nuke ‘Em High and Surf Nazis Must Die on DVD and Blu-ray. So I thought it was about time I would take a look back at what Troma is all about.

Founded in 1974 by filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment started out life with the low budget sex comedies Squeeze Play!, Waitress!, Stuck on You! (which Kaufman states is his favourite) and The First Turn On!
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B-Sides: T-t-t-Toxic Avenger!

Melvin worked at the Tromaville gym, a 90-lb. weakling who got pushed around. They dressed him up in a pink tutu. They beat him up, and they threw him down. He landed in a barrel of waste. Toxic chemicals ate his face. Mutating, energized by Tromatons… This Jersey hero's gonna clean up the place! T-t-t-Toxic Avenger!

It dawned on me that I’ve been doing these B-Sides for so long now, and somehow Troma has gone grossly unrepresented. That gets corrected today with Scott Casey’s hard-rocking Toxic Avenger theme song from The Toxic Avenger Part II. It’s arguable that this song is even better than the Tromatic 1989 sequel itself.

To my disappointment nobody has put out a music video of “The Toxic Avenger Part II Theme” using clips from it or any of the various Toxic Avenger movies. On the plus side, that means you can listen to
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Arnie's Governator is a guilty treat until TV's real muscle returns

Forget Mad Men – just kick back and enjoy watching a cartoon Schwarzenegger run riot

When I was a teenager, I used to get ill every year around Good Friday. It was like having stigmata, but in the form of tonsillitis or earache, and in retrospect, I think I may have been doing it for the attention. One year, I got a virus that manifested itself in about 60 simultaneous mouth ulcers. I had to paint my mouth with some vile antibiotic glue which tasted of boiled cow, and couldn't eat at all, but only lie sadly on the sofa with my giant swollen face in my hands, so my brother decided to cheer me up with a film fest.

He introduced me to what is still my favourite movie, The Princess Bride, and then put on The Tall Guy starring Emma Thompson and Jeff Goldblum. It contains, perhaps, the least generous
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Arnie's Governator is a guilty treat until TV's real muscle returns

Forget Mad Men – just kick back and enjoy watching a cartoon Schwarzenegger run riot

When I was a teenager, I used to get ill every year around Good Friday. It was like having stigmata, but in the form of tonsillitis or earache, and in retrospect, I think I may have been doing it for the attention. One year, I got a virus that manifested itself in about 60 simultaneous mouth ulcers. I had to paint my mouth with some vile antibiotic glue which tasted of boiled cow, and couldn't eat at all, but only lie sadly on the sofa with my giant swollen face in my hands, so my brother decided to cheer me up with a film fest.

He introduced me to what is still my favourite movie, The Princess Bride, and then put on The Tall Guy starring Emma Thompson and Jeff Goldblum. It contains, perhaps, the least generous
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Steve Pink to remake The Toxic Avenger

Steve Pink, director of the eighties time-travel pic Hot Tub Time Machine, is to tackle a Troma classic in the form of The Toxic Avenger. The original movie was released all of the way back in 1984, and spawned two sequels, less successful sequels: The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie.

The film, as described on IMDb, is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference. Troma classic with good make-up effects and stunts,
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Horror at the Oscars Part 1: The Quickening

It’s that time of year again, kids. Dread Central’s 2010 Horror at the Oscars coverage. Horror was indeed present this year and in black-tie. While Roger Corman and Lauren Bacall were honored a few months back at the Governor’s Award Ceremony, it was an unexpected delight to see Corman, recipient of the lifetime achievement Oscar, enjoy a standing ovation on national television.

I was, however, very disappointed that neither of them were allowed to speak. Roger Corman’s contributions to modern cinema are too vast for him to just stand up and wave. James Cameron was one of many Corman acolytes present, and his nomination speaks to Corman’s tremendous legacy. On the Terminator DVD Cameron mentions, "I trained at the Roger Corman Film School.” Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, were also former students.

The terror continued with a spoof of Paranormal Activity
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