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Fantastic Fest 2023’ - The Toxic Avenger - movie review

As the curtain rose on this year's film festival, there was an air of anticipation mixed with trepidation. The reason? The opening film was none other than a remake of the cult classic, "The Toxic Avenger." For those of us who hold a special place in our hearts for Tromaville, Lloyd Kaufman, and the iconic Toxic Avenger, it was a bittersweet moment. But could this new incarnation do justice to the legacy? Let's dive into Malcolm Blair's take on this beloved character and find out.

Malcolm Blair had a daunting task at hand – reviving a character that's been a cult icon for decades. Casting Peter Dinklage as the titular character was a stroke of genius. Dinklage brings his unique charm to the role, making it a smart and relevant homage to the original. It's not often that you see a star of his caliber in a cult classic remake.

"The Toxic Avenger" surprises audiences with familiar faces like Elijah Wood and Kevin Bacon. Wood and Bacon have always been known for their willingness to tread the path of the obscure, and their presence in this film is a testament to its quirky appeal. Their cameos add an extra layer of nostalgia and intrigue to the movie.

When you think of late-night films from the '90s, "Toxie" immediately comes to mind. Blair and his team have done a commendable job of capturing the essence of those over-the-top films. From the get-go, there's no holding back – expect plenty of blood and gore. Even the mop, a seemingly innocuous prop, takes on a personality of its own in this remake. It's a wild and entertaining ride that harks back to the glory days of independent cinema.

In an era of serious, thought-provoking films, "The Toxic Avenger" is a refreshing change of pace. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and that's precisely its charm. This film welcomes a new generation to the world of old-school independents, where creativity often took precedence over conventionality.

There's really nothing bad to say about "The Toxic Avenger." And that's precisely what makes it a great choice for the opening film of FANTASTIC FEST. People attending this festival are here out of their sheer love for movies, and Malcolm Blair's love for Toxie shines through in this remake. It's a heartfelt love letter to Tromaville fans everywhere.

In conclusion, "The Toxic Avenger" may not be everyone's cup of toxic waste, but for those who appreciate the eccentric, the gory, and the nostalgic, it's a must-see. Malcolm Blair has managed to breathe new life into a beloved character and give the new generation a taste of what made late-night '90s films so iconic. With a clever cast and a commitment to the over-the-top, "The Toxic Avenger" delivers an entertaining and memorable cinematic experience.

Rating: 3/5

Film Details:

- Directed by: Malcolm Blair

- Starring: Peter Dinklage, Kevin Bacon, Jacob Tremley, Elijah Wood, Julia Davis, Taylour Paige

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