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The Toxic Avenger (1984)

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Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin 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 ...
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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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Criminals, beware of the Toxic Avenger. He will kick your butt HARD!! See more »


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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

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$475,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

D.J. Calvitto, who plays the boy who gets his head crushed by the car, was chosen because he resembled the stunt man. See more »

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When Toxie is chasing Julie, Julie runs into a room, locks the door and puts a plank of wood to secure the door. As she does, she cries and whimpers, yet her mouth doesn't move. See more »

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[Julie and Wanda are looking at pictures of a dead kid]
Julie: That new camera really captures the moments.
Wanda: I know. The reds are so red. It really gets me hot.
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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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