Just when you think the world cannot possibly get any stranger than it already is, news comes down the pike that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be playing the lead role in the upcoming remake of “The Toxic Avenger” – the 1984 film from Troma Entertainment that became a cult classic at drive-ins and midnight film festivals everywhere in the USA. In the original, Melvin Ferd the Third is a 97-pound weakling janitor at a local health club who gets bullied by just about everybody until he falls into a vat of chemicals and is transformed into the grotesquely deformed but superhuman-strengthened Toxic Avenger, who then sets about exacting revenge and fighting crime in bustling Tromaville, New Jersey. In the remake, Schwarzenegger will play a former black ops agent nicknamed “The Exterminator” who will act as a mentor of sorts for the new Toxie [whose role has not yet been cast], who has been tossed into a vat of chemical waste by corporate chemical company baddies. Expected release is late 2014.
Just so you know what you may be getting yourself into here, examples of other film gem classics from Troma Entertainment in the 80s and 90s include “Igor and the Lunatics”, “Surf Nazis Must Die!”, Teenage Catgirls in Heat” and showing they were well ahead of the curve in 1991 – “Chopper Chicks in Zombietown”.