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The Toxic Avenger (1984)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  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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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

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The posterchild for the 'so bad it's good' film brigade...
1 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Lacklustre direction by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, a goofy script (by Joe Ritter), truly poor FX and even worse acting all add up to, for some strange, abstract reason, a stupidly enjoyable film experience.

Maybe it's the camp sounding music, the over the top (and in some cases *way* over the top) 'acting', or perhaps it's just the fact that it's so unashamedly weird and downright cheesy that makes it such fun to watch, who knows? Whatever the reason this definitely isn't a film to spend long hours contemplating such things, instead just sit back and enjoy the crazy show.

Performance wise, as already mentioned, none of the actors give even remotely decent performances, with the exception of Andree Miranda who's actually pretty good in her role as Toxie's blind girlfriend. All of the other actors are so far over the top (or indeed just so downright terrible) that by films end they too have somehow managed to take on their own distinctly cheesy charm and add greatly to the whole 'so bad it's good' motif.

As I may have mentioned once or twice before 'The Toxic Avenger' is cheesier than a block of cheese factories, and as such it takes a special type of person to enjoy 'this type of thing', however for those with their tongue planted firmly in cheek, and for lovers of schlock cinema and 50's z-grade monster movies this is a must see. For most everyone else though it's probably best avoided and will most likely induce headaches and annoyance rather than belly laughs and amusement. Which of the above descriptions best suits you I'll leave you to decide for yourself.

7/10


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