13th May2015

Back This: One Drop / Toxic Tutu

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. In this edition we’re taking a look at two new movie campaigns: a creature feature and a fantastic sounding Troma documentary.



One Drop is a new horror creature feature from director Tricia Lee, which tells the story of a single mother who wakes up in the basement of a medical facility only to discover that everyone around her is dead and she is somehow nine months pregnant. As she tries to escape, she realises that something not-quite-human is prowling the hallways, and the only means of survival may be growing inside of her.

Lee, one of the very few successful female directors in the genre, first made the audience scream with her psychological thriller feature Clean Break followed shortly by her creature feature debut Silent Retreat. Since winning the Best Canadian Feature award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, long-time team Tricia Lee and writer Corey Brown have been working on the script for One Drop, their new horror creature feature, and both are bloodthirsty to see their vision become a reality…

The film stars Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica, Defying Gravity); Benjamin Arthur (Less Than Kind, Working the Engels); Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis, The City); Mark Taylor (Flashpoint, Instant Star); Julian Richings (Orphan Black, Septic Man); with effects from SPFX guru Shaun Hunter – who is creating gruesome prosthetics to make the most frightening film possible.

The One Drop team have launched an Indiegogo campaign to start sharing eye-popping exclusive project updates from set with fans while also fundraising to complete post-production for the film. Pledgers to the campaign will get the first chance to have a photo op with the creature as well as lots of other horrifying rewards. Check out the campaign page here – perks start at $5.



Long before theaters were littered with superhero films, Troma Entertainment introduced viewers to New Jersey’s first superhuman hero: The Toxic Avenger; and the 1984 B-movie has gone on to become a beloved cult classic – but its star, Mark Torgl, has rarely been heard from in the 30+ years since… until now.

Toxic Tutu is a mockumentary that pays tribute to The Toxic Avenger and its legacy. The almost-true story follows Mark Torgl – who played the 98-pound weakling Melvin Junko the “Mop Boy” – on a two-year journey to monster and horror conventions. For the first time ever, the actor candidly discusses his experiences on the set of the cult-classic film, including his exposure to toxic waste, and the true purpose of his recent public appearances. Toxic Tutu also documents Torgl’s long-awaited reunion with Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger.

Watch the trailer for Toxic Tutu here: http://vimeo.com/125014321

Director/producer Joe Nardelli also aims to launch a college campus anti-bullying initiative to accompany the film. He explains:

At its core, Toxic Tutu is about celebrating the differences. This film intends to serve the generations of fans who have experienced The Toxic Avenger – self-professed nerds, geeks, counter-culture individuals; members of a community who dare to be different!

Toxic Tutu is currently in post-production and a crowdfunding campaign has been launched on Indiegogo – with perks from as low as $1 – to raise the funds necessary to complete the process. Perks include lunch with the stars of the film, limited edition autographed posters, on-screen credits and more.


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