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The Toxic Avenger (1984)

 -  Action | Comedy | Horror  -  11 April 1986 (USA)
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Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andree Maranda ...
Sara
Mitch Cohen ...
The Toxic Avenger (as Mitchell Cohen)
Jennifer Babtist ...
Wanda (as Jennifer Baptist)
Cindy Manion ...
Julie
Robert Prichard ...
Slug
Gary Schneider ...
Bozo
Pat Ryan ...
Mayor Peter Belgoody (as Pat Ryan Jr.)
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Dick Martinsen ...
Officer O'Clancy
Chris Liano ...
Walter Harris
David Weiss ...
Chief of Police
Dan Snow ...
Doug Isbecque ...
Knuckles
Charles Lee Jr. ...
Nipples
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Leroy (as Pat Kilpatrick)
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Storyline

This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous and vain health club members, to the point of accidentally ending up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the saviour of corruption, thuggish bullies and indifference. Troma classic with good make-up effects and stunts, a pleasant surprise indeed. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Jennifer Babtist was also considered for the role of Sara. See more »

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one of the goofiest, funniest, stupidest, goriest and politically incorrect cult classics ever made.
19 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

first off, if you love B-movies like i do, you've probably seen this classic cheese-fest numerous times.

But for the uninitiated, what better film to introduce yourself to the wild wonderful and cheesy world of Troma films (and B-movies in general) than The Toxic Avenger.

this film has it all:over the top graphic violence and gore including head crushings, dismemberments, eye-gougings, animal cruelty; offensive portrayals of blind people and the elderly, some truly inventive murders and acting that is all over the map.

what sets this film apart is that a lot of the humor is actually intentional (though the movie does have it's fair share of deliberately unintentional humor.)

the version to see is the unrated-director's-cut that is only available through Troma Team Video. it has all the gore that had to be cut out to earn an R-rating in the U.S. (some versions in other countries were even more severely cut!)

a genuine cult classic and B-movie-making at it's most inspired.

rating:9.5 (on a B-movie scale)


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