THE TOXIC AVENGER Director On Reboot's "Itchy & Scratchy" Violence; New Look At Winston Gooze Revealed

THE TOXIC AVENGER Director On Reboot's "Itchy & Scratchy" Violence; New Look At Winston Gooze Revealed THE TOXIC AVENGER Director On Reboot's "Itchy & Scratchy" Violence; New Look At Winston Gooze Revealed

Macon Blair, director of the upcoming remake of The Toxic Avenger, has teased the movie's "Itchy and Scratchy-type" levels of violence. We also have a new look at Peter Dinklage pre-transformation.

By MarkCassidy - Nov 24, 2023 09:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Movies

Despite a blurry leaked image doing the rounds recently, we've yet to get a proper look at The Toxic Avenger remake's new version of Toxie, but thanks to Empire, we do have another image featuring Peter Dinklage as Winston Gooze - pre-transformation into the grotesque "freaky folk hero" of the tutle.

While chatting to the mag, director Macon Blair touched on the movie's gore-levels, promising "Itchy and Scratchy-type violence."

“We’ve got a guy that gets his head stuffed in a car engine and it kind of grinds his head up. That was a gag I was fond of. I kept expecting Legendary to say, ‘This is not what we want,’ but they kept agreeing to the things I pitched.”

Blair has previously shared details on some of his other favorite scenes, and one, in particular, sounds completely unhinged (more here).

Check out the new still below, and keep an eye out for a full trailer, which should be with us fairly soon.

“While the original film (which premiered in 1984 – almost 40 years ago!) followed the fate of Melvin Ferd Junko III (Mitch Cohen), who goes from zero to toxic hero in a case of bullying gone awry, Macon Blair’s contemporary take follows a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength all his own.

Peter Dinklage stars as downtrodden janitor Winston Gooze who, after falling into a vat of toxic waste, becomes none other than The Toxic Avenger. This timely reimagining is up to its eyeballs in environmental themes as Winston goes up against the evil forces of greed and corruption to save his son, his friends, and his community. Even as this story exists on its own terms, the spirit undoubtedly remains connected to the original. Troma fans old and new will be pleased to know that the film has been rated “R” for violence and gore – as per Troma tradition.”

The Toxic Avenger was first introduced in the 1984 movie of the same name from indie studio Troma Entertainment, and has since gone on to achieve cult status with several sequels, a comic book series and even a short-lived 1991 children's animated show called The Toxic Crusaders.

The Toxic Avenger stars Peter Dinklage as Winston Gooze, along with Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Julia Davis, Jonny Coyne, Elijah Wood, and Kevin Bacon.

No theatrical release date has been announced.

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