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The Toxic Avenger (1984)


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In a crazy spoof of heroic monster movies that spawned two sequels, The Toxic Avenger is about the transformation of a mild-mannered, scrawny janitor into a thundering, muscular hero out for justice, morality, and in one case, a bit of sex. Melvin (Mark Torgl) has a job as a custodian at a work-out club where his humiliating treatment by the musclebound reaches an ugly climax in which Melvin is forced to jump out of a window. He lands in a toxic waste truck, and by some miracle of modern

Nov 10, 1997


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Cruddy, primal, extremely violent, and fairly entertaining, it captures some of the snot-flicking spirit of the old EC comics.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An outlandish mix of gory violence and realistic special effects.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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It all falls apart after an hour, chunks of the preceding entertainment reappearing as random montages.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[It] may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville's evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Though it is silly, sleazy, and graphically violent, The Toxic Avenger does hold a bit of warped charm for fans of this sort of thing.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (3)
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It's your basic nerd revenge fantasy, only decked out in gore and over-the-top, bad-taste gags.

July 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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The Toxic Avenger tells the humorous story of a geeky weakling who is turned into a superhero when he is slimed by some toxic waste.

October 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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The Toxic Avenger is an incredibly bizarre flick, combining silly jokes with outrageous gore, but it works.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It's passable entertainment for a while, but even with the short 87 minute running time it starts to feel a bit long in the tooth

March 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

Simply one of the most embarassingly entertaining movies I've ever seen!

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
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It has crude production values, weak humor, and an inexplicable following.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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The best superhero movie in movie history.
June 14, 2014
Lucas Martins

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The Toxic Avenger is a perfect example of trash cinema at its finest. Brought to us by the fine folks at Troma, this is a ridiculous low budget parody of superhero/monster flicks. The result is a sickly depraved film that doesn't shy away from being extreme. Blending elements of Exploitation and Horror film, this is a very silly, yet entertaining film. The acting and plot are purposely bad, and this is one of those films that it's so bad it's good. Even with that said, this is one of those films that is worth seeing. I've seen plenty of ridiculous films, but The Toxic Avenger is one of the most extreme films that I've seen. With over the top gore and violence, this is a fine Exploitation Horror film that works well because it definitely doesn't take itself seriously whatsoever. If you want an insane film to watch, and I do mean insane, then give this one a shot. Go into this one with an open mind because it's a low-budget film with B movie flair, purposeful bad acting and a ridiculous script. The film is something out of a pulp comic. As far as so bad it's good, this film is great. I enjoyed it because of the fact that it was so over the top that at times you couldn't believe what was happening on-screen. This is worth watching for anyone looking for a bizarre, eccentric and ultimately very entertaining film. Expect to be amused, shocked and at times grossed-out. Most importantly expect a great time. This is not a film for the faint of heart, as there's plenty of juicy bits to appeal to gore hounds. I've seen some crazy films in my day, but The Toxic Avenger is one of the most hilariously crazy flicks I've ever seen. If you love to have a mindless evening of ridiculous fun, then look no further than this film.
July 12, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The cult classic of a disgusting mutant superhero, is itself a disgusting movie. If you like absurdity and gore you'll love it.
January 20, 2011

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Wow, I don't even know where to start with this thing. It's so bad, it's good. 80's to the max. It's really cheesy, there's a lot of gore and who could forget all the boobs with tanlines?! It's weird.
November 9, 2010

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