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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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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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The beginning of a new era...
3 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Toxic Avenger (1985) was the flagship of Troma's movie line during the early to mid 80's. This film was responsible for keeping the company a float during this time period and it also marked a turning point in the company's history. For years, Lloyd Kaufman and company were making cheesy sex comedies. With the birth of the Toxic Avenger, they started to expand their horizons, focusing on low budget horror/comedy trashy spoofs films. Instant cult classics were being produced by Team Troma. The Toxic Avenger is a Charles Atlas tale gone a wry. A weak nerd is transformed into a superhero of "superhuman size and strength." Melvin Junko is his name. Melvin was a mop boy for a local health spa. One day when a mean prank turned into a horrible accident, he was exposed to an open drum of toxic waste. That unfortunate mishap transforms and mutates Melvin into an avenger, a TOXIC AVENGER. Troma becomes a worldwide phenomenon and the Toxic Avenger becomes one of the most famous cult films of all time. A must for all campy cult film fans!!

Highly recommended!


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