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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 overview, first billed only:
Andree Maranda ... Sara
... The Toxic Avenger (as Mitchell Cohen)
Jennifer Babtist ... Wanda (as Jennifer Baptist)
Cindy Manion ... Julie
Robert Prichard ... Slug
Gary Schneider ... Bozo
... Mayor Peter Belgoody (as Pat Ryan Jr.)
... Melvin Junko
Dick Martinsen ... Officer O'Clancy
Chris Liano ... Walter Harris
David Weiss ... Chief of Police
Dan Snow ... Cigar Face
Doug Isbecque ... Knuckles
Charles Lee Jr. ... Nipples
... 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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In the beginning when the narrator introduces us to Melvin, he introduces him as "Melvin Furd". In all the other Toxic Avenger sequels Melvin's last name is "Junko". See more »

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Cop: [Police chasing the monster] Its my first day in the force and I am chasing monsters.
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It's This Love
Performed by Mark Hoffman and Race
Written by Mark Hoffman and Dean Simmons
Produced by Tony Camillo for Marc Katz and Royal K Productions
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a tinge of Ed Wood
5 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

My 10/10 rating assumes that you like this movie before you've seen it. "The Toxic Avenger" is the ultimate movie for anyone into 1980s schlock. No doubt it was intended mainly for teenage boys (I lost track of how many naked women there were here). But overall, it's great to see a movie never self-conscious or anything like that (I mean, come on, look at that ridiculous outfit that the title character wears); the movie's really gross and proud of it. Troma must still be proud of this flick.

Oh, and of course Marisa Tomei has a small appearance in the movie. Who ever would have guessed that one of the people starring in this would later win an Oscar?


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