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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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Andree Maranda ...
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The Toxic Avenger (as Mitchell Cohen)
Jennifer Babtist ...
Wanda (as Jennifer Baptist)
Cindy Manion ...
Robert Prichard ...
Gary Schneider ...
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Mayor Peter Belgoody (as Pat Ryan Jr.)
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Dick Martinsen ...
Chris Liano ...
Walter Harris
David Weiss ...
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Dan Snow ...
Doug Isbecque ...
Charles Lee Jr. ...
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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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The first Super-Hero... from New Jersey! See more »


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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

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$475,000 (estimated)
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The scene where a toxic waste drenched Melvin soaks in his bathtub was largely directed by Mark Torgl himself. The water in the tub was ice cold, and attempts were made to warm it up. Ultimately, Torgl chose to bear the discomfort and get the shot finished. See more »

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During the love montage there is a scene where Toxie jokingly puts a pylon on his head and Sara laughs, Sara's character is blind. See more »

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Bozo: Julie, does it count if i graze em.
Julie: You got to destroy them, Bozo... I want them dead.
Bozo: Oh, now we're gonna get em. Come on, come on, come on now. Where the fuck is everybody, where the fuck is everybody.
Bozo: How much is a kid on a bicycle.
Slug: Where.
Julie: 28 Points if you get both the kid, and the bike.
Julie: Let's take a closer look,
Wanda: Oh, he's a cute little boy isn't he.
Julie: How pretty late, aren't ya buddy.
Wanda: The coast is clear Bozo.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Body Talk
Performed by Sandy Farina
Written by Bob Feldman and Cosmo Wilder
Produced by Bob Feldman for Marc Katz and Royal K Productions
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The "Citizen Kane," uh, Citizen Toxie of b-pictures...
11 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

For those that don't know, there are intentionally "bad" movies, and then there are intentionally bad movies; "The Toxic Avenger" is the latter. Troma Entertainment is the undisputed king of bad b-pictures, but the 1985 cult hit "The Toxic Avenger" ranks as their finest effort. Essentially a take on superhero movies and sci-fi pictures, "The Toxic Avenger" is Troma's "Citizen Kane."

With co-directors Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman at the helm, respective veep and president of Troma Entertainment, "The Toxic Avenger" begins with a humiliating prank gone horribly wrong. Melvin, the resident 90-pound geek and janitor of the Tromaville health club, is fooled into thinking a blonde bimbo wants him. But instead the prank, which involves a stuffed goat and pink tutu (don't ask), goes wrong and ends with Melvin diving out a second-story window and landing in a vat of misplaced toxic waste.

What emerges from the bubbly green goop is Tromaville, New Jersey's hideously deformed, bloodthirsty vigilante mutant monstrosity who sets out on a vendetta against all forms of evil in his hometown, particularly against the jocks (who are too sick to be believable) who made him what he is. Meanwhile, Toxie eventually finds romance with a blind woman who is unaware her boyfriend is responsible for the recent wave of gruesome vigilante killings (in essence, they're the perfect couple).

A sick and depraved sense of humor is flaunted throughout this low-budget film project, which is in itself (to the politically-correct), an inspired, mean-spirited, overtly racist, funny, and completely, utterly insane cult flick that also reveals a slight penchant for animal cruelty.

The acting is atrocious, the gore is plentiful and the low budget shines, but there's no question I loved this flick. Like any horror film, it's rightfully found its place in this film lover's heart.

Vote for Citizen Toxie in 2006!

10/10


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