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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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Not all monsters are scary to people. Not if it's one fighting crime in the Garden State. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

After going behind the scenes on Rocky (1976), Lloyd Kaufman decided to make a movie in a health club with his friend Michael Herz. After reading a magazine article with the headline "Horror Film Is Dead", Troma decided to change it into a horror movie. The film's working title was "Health Club", and lobby cards bearing this title can be viewed on Troma's website. See more »

Goofs

After Melvin falls into a vat of the toxic waste, the smoke emanating from him varies in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Bozo: [about Melvin] AHH! He's stressin' me, Julie, he is STRESSIN' ME!
Julie: Oh, Bozo.
Bozo: I can't take it, Julie, I cannot take it! He is screwin' up my karma! AHHHHHHHHHH! I'M STRESSED!
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Alternate Versions

The very rare and limited edition laserdisc (special gold plated disc released in 1998 by Troma) marks the only time the film was released in its original aspect ratio of 1:85:1. It went under the label of "the Troma widescreen collection". It also features the 10 extra minutes that were cut from the film (as a supplement). The Japanese version of the film is the only place this extra 10 minutes were restored. The laserdisc is the unrated version of the film. The laserdisc also featured an introduction by Lloyd Kaufman that's only available on this edition (has Toxie as a crack addict), trailer for the film, commentary by Kaufman and a slew of other extras. The only other film released under the Troma widescreen collection was Tromeo and Juliet, which received similar treatment. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Troma's masterpiece!
9 December 2007 | by TalesfromTheCryptfanSee all my reviews

In the town of Tromaville New Jersey, janitor nerd Melvin Fern (Mark Torgel) has been picked on and bullied by the jocks at the Tromaville gym until a prank goes horribly wrong when he falls into a barrel of toxic chemicals. The material somehow transforms him into a muscular and powerful mutant creature called "The Toxic Avenger" (Mitchell Cohen) and has a powerful instinct to kill only evil people and save Innocent people. He soon becomes the town's monster hero and falls in love with a lovely blind woman named Sarah (Andree Maranda) but the local crooks especially the wicked Mayor Belgoody (Pat Ryan Jr.) who all wants him dead.

A brilliantly hilarious, entertaining and gory as hell horror comedy that became Troma's landmark film and made the studio the popular cult independent studio that it is today. Yes the acting is laughable and the film gets a little cheesy, but this is pure escapism at it's best! The film was originally given an "X" rating for it's extreme violence and gore such numerous head crushing and brutality. But the movie went on to become one of the greatest cult movies of all time, this is definitely a movie for those with a strong stomach and warped sense of humor.

A must see!


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