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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.

Directors:

Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman (as Samuel Weil)

Writers:

Lloyd Kaufman (story), Joe Ritter (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

"Melvin was a 90lb. weakling until nuclear waste transformed him into..." [The Toxic Avenger] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Health Club See more »

Filming Locations:

Boonton, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$475,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Troma Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (Japanese cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Mexican restaurant was actually called "The Mexican Place", just like it was in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bozo: [about Melvin, who is clumsily mopping] Would you take a look at that fucking guy? The mop boy. Can't even mop right!
Julie: He's SO stupid!
Slug: He's always got that shit-eatin' grin on his face. What's he so happy about?
Bozo: I HATE that mop boy.
Julie: [as Melvin approaches] I think that creep's comin' over here!
Bozo: [sniffs] Julie, you... uh, smell somethin'?
Julie: Ew! Pee-you! What's that stink?
Melvin Junko: [sniffs] G-Gee, t-that's funny, I don't smell nothin'.
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The original R-rated version is also available in CD-ROM format. See more »

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Mexican Restaurant Fight
Performed and Composed by Morrie Brown
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Undeniably fun
30 March 2003 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

You always have to take Troma films with a grain of salt, and that's exactly what I did. I enjoyed this film quite a bit. Though it's a typical B-movie, the premise is creative and I actually felt sympathy for the character of Melvin before his mutation. I know what it's like to be the underdog, so I was able to somewhat relate to him. So while some may have laughed at his quirky antics, I was too busy feeling sympathy for pool little Melvin.

The film is filled with quirky, low-brow humor, which often works. I just felt that the premise wore thin after a while, and that's when the film seemed to simply go through the motions.

Despite that, I had a good time and can understand why this is the film that put Troma on the map. So if you're in the mood for a funny, low-budget, low-brow horror-comedy, then please check out "The Toxic Avenger."

My score: 6 (out of 10)


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