John Altamura, who portrayed the “Toxic Avenger” in the eponymous movie, died on the 4th of May, according to multiple reports. John served as the title character for parts two and three of the four-part series.
In a report from the entertainment website, Bloody Disgusting, John passed away last week after suffering from a heart attack.
The movie is set in the made-up town, Tromaville, New Jersey, and it tells the story of a nerdy man who falls into a vat of toxic waste and emerges as a super and powerful disfigured hero.
Toxic Avenger was just one movie created by Troma Entertainment, a studio known for its over-the-top, gore-filled, tongue-in-cheek, films that are often gross and stupid, but also wildly entertaining and accompanied by political messages.
According to the website, Troma is responsible for nurturing young talent including the likes of James Gunn, who went on to write and direct the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” films.
Furthermore, Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman are supposedly working on a fifth installment of the Toxic Avenger series, and Altamura was slated to be an important part of it.
In an essay written for the website, Film School Rejects, Kieran Fisher wrote that the Toxic Avenger movies are “gross, stupid,” and gleefully offensive,” but often come with a profound political theme and message.
The author goes on to state that the movies created by the film studio portray the “fact” that a majority of the world’s problems are caused by the “economic and political elite.” Either way, the movie has become a cult-classic among movie enthusiasts and has gone down in the history of cinema as one of the best B-films out there.