Making Of...
Making Of...

The Toxic Avenger Behind The Scenes

AKA:
The Toxic Avenger Picture
1985
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1985 Horror / Occult movie starring Mark Torgl, Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen et al.
Actor Patrick Kilpatrick (Leroy) left the film after being forced to point a gun at a baby's face during the Mexican restaurant robbery scene.
Contributed by: Donna And Bill
My dog, Ninja, the golden retriever in the "Toxic Avenger" was a year old and lived with Donna and Bill Colligan in Greenwich Village on W. 11th St. Ninja would go to the local veteranerian and one day the vet asked us if he could give our name to a movie company that needed a dog to play the seeing eyedog in a movie. The vet knew that Ninja would bark if we pointed our finger to the sky and he could lie still and not move. So we said yes, and we were called and Ninja went up to Chelsea and was interviewed and hired. I can't remember how much he was paid I think $125.00 for the one night shoot. A van picked us up and drove us to Route 17 in NJ and we went into a fast food restaurant and shot the scene with the one armed bandit and the blind girl. Ninja let us do everything. We had him play dead and then my husband slid him across the floor from the front of the restaurant towards the kitchen. Then the makeup person stuck all this gook all over Ninja and he just lay there and let them gook him up. When we were done shooting, we took Ninja into the back of the parking lot and washed him off with a hose.
Perhaps the most infamous scene, one in which a child is run over on a bicycle and his head subsequently crushed, was created simply using a melon, a wig, and a dummy.
Wow.... what memories this brings back to me!

Back in 1984 - 1985, I used to hang out where the restaurant scene was filmed. I was also asked to be an extra in that scene I do see myself for a couple seconds in one scene sitting at the table and then a split second where a bunch of us run out of the restaurant. I remember many of my friends were extras in the hang-out scene that was filmed in the lot in front of the restaurant.

Oh and by the way, I havent seen the movie in a long time, but I think that on one of the Police cars or on the ambulance, it may read, Rutherford Police or Rutherford Ambulance. I will have to check it out next time I watch it.
Contributed by: Thomas
The scene in the dry cleaners with the little old lady is Nat's Cleaners and was located in Brooklyn, NY.
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