‘The Toxic Avenger’ Red Band Teaser: Peter Dinklage Has A Jaw-Dropping Good Time In Macon Blair’s Remake

The mops were out in force over the weekend as Macon Blair’s remake of The Toxic Avenger had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest. Knowing that fans of the Troma classic are going to be frothing in their tutus to finally see footage, the first red band teaser has arrived!

Peter Dinklage stars as Winston Gooze aka The Toxic Avenger aka Toxie, a weakling janitor at a health club who has a terminal diagnosis he can’t afford. When a failed attempt to rob his place of employment ends with him falling into toxic waste, Winston is transformed into a deformed antihero seeking justice for the little guy.

Now, you don’t see much of this plot in the released footage, but you do get a sense of the offbeat, jaw-ripping tone that certainly matches its Troma roots.

One thing fans may not be aware of, but that’s not actually Dinklage under the prosthetics. Blair revealed at a post-screening Q&A [via CBM] that it’s Portuguese actress Luisa Guerreiro, who studied Dinklage’s speech patterns and movements.

Joining Dinklage in the cast are Taylour Paige, Jacob Tremblay, Kevin Bacon, Sarah Niles, and Elijah Wood. The film was written and directed by Blair, who last took the helm for 2017’s I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore.

The Toxic Avenger doesn’t have a date yet, but we may here something after its Beyond Fest screening this week.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.