The Toxic Avenger

1984

The Toxic Avenger

Critics Consensus

A silly and ribald superhero spoof, Toxic Avenger uninhibited humor hits more than it misses.

70%

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Total Count: 20

63%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 24,170
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Movie Info

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 pollution he is transformed into a pumped-up monster, heretofore known as the Toxic Avenger (Mitchell Cohen). From that moment on, TA saves damsels and others in distress by some pretty gory mauling and maiming but finds his moment of fulfillment too.

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Cast

Mark Torgl
as Melvin Junko
Mitchell Cohen
as The Toxic Avenger
Dick Martinsen
as Officer O'Clancy
Chris Liano
as Walter Harris
Joe Caldrone
as boy selling t-shirts
David Weiss
as Chief of Police
Dan Snow
as Cigar Face
Doug Isbecque
as Knuckles
Charles Lee
as Nipples
Pat Ryan Jr.
as Mayor Belgoody
Norma Pratt
as Mrs.Haskell
David N. Weiss
as Chief of Police
Sarabel Levinson
as Melvin's Mom
Albert Pia
as Tom Wrightson
Reuben Guss
as Dr. Snodburger
Donna Winter
as Mayor's Secretary
Mary Ellen David
as Woman Whose Car Gets Stolen
Dennis Souder
as Drug Dealer
Joe Zarro
as Mr. Wilson
Dan Hogan
as Aerobics Instructor
Kenneth Kessler
as Toxic Avenger
Myrna Williams
as The Kansas Runaway
Richard Duggan
as Ice Cream Man
John Stobaeus
as Truck Partner
Joe Supor Jr.
as truck driver
D.J. Calvitto
as Boy On Bicycle
Cosmo Wilder
as Mayor's Secretary
Brigitte Douglaston
as Mayor's Secretary
Nancy Compansanto
as Mayor's Secretary
Andrea Suter
as Mayor's Secretary
Xavier Barquet
as Man Killed In Mexican Restaurant
Matt Klan
as Boy Hero
Joey Calderone
as Boy Selling T-Shirts
Sherry Park
as Woman In Salon
Vickie Usher
as Woman In Salon
Betty Pia
as Woman In Salon
Andy Stamatin
as Chauncey
Teddy Copley
as Blonde Teenybopper
Dolly Hall
as Girls in Health Club
Alisha Riggs
as Girls in Health Club
Vicki Juditz
as Girls in Health Club
Roxanne Maranda
as Girl In Restaurant
Maxine Hayt
as Sara's Neighbor
Don Costello
as Sara's neighbor
Teresa Simpson
as Bodybuilder
June de Young
as Reporter
Jon Curtis
as Policeman
Peter Racini
as policeman
Ed Carrion
as Policeman
Charles DiCagno
as Policeman
Bruce Zimmerman
as Policeman
Skip Hamra
as Policeman
Eileen Nad Castaldi
as Woman In Restaurant
Nathan Jon Castaldi
as Baby In Restaurant
Britt Martinsen
as Hero Fan Club Member
Kristen Martinsen
as Hero Fan Club Member
Lisa Martinsen
as Hero fan club member
Giorgio Calderone
as Hero fan club member
Dianna-Jean Flaherty
as Teenage Drug Buyer
Donna-Marie Stipo
as Health Club Member
Mary Cox
as Distressed Mother
Jessica Perkins
as T-Shirt Salesperson
William Klan
as Interviewer
Margaret Riley (II)
as Lady Crossing Street
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Critic Reviews for The Toxic Avenger

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

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

    Mar 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • An outlandish mix of gory violence and realistic special effects.

    Mar 28, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • It all falls apart after an hour, chunks of the preceding entertainment reappearing as random montages.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • [It] may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville's evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • The humor is not merely sophomoric and silly, it's aggressively so, and the bargain basement gore effects are over-the-top and excessive.

    May 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Leave it to Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz to take typical superhero tropes and twist in to something wonderfully gruesome and absurd.

    Jul 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Toxic Avenger

  • Jul 23, 2015
    For what this film is, it's brilliant, but I use that word very lightly. "The Toxic Avenger" is a disgusting romp with great practical effects (at times), and a wacky take on the anti-hero genre. I must say that I had a great time watching this film, but the on-the-nose cheese get's a little repetitive. Sometimes it feels intentional and other times it feels as though the writers thought this idea would work so well that they got cocky. After a nerd falls into a vad of toxic waste, he slowly transforms into something so gross that the town is terrified of him, although he means well. Falling in love with a blind woman, saving the town, and just having a weird feel to the movie all around, this is one of the most odd films I have ever seen. That is a compliment for this film though, as that is exactly what it was trying to be. "The Toxic Avenger" is what it is, and it is what it is in the absolute best way possible!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2014
    The best superhero movie in movie history.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2013
    The political incorrectness and hilariously crummy acting found in "The Toxic Avenger" give it its few instances of humor, but its constant mean-spiritedness, grotesque violence, shoddy filmmaking, dull plotting and overall trashiness make it hard to enjoy. B movies can be good when handled with just the right amount of restraint and silliness, but "The Toxic Avenger" is just too much of an ugly thing.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2013
    The Toxic Avenger is sick and ballsy, yet kind of sweet. The early antagonists are hip body builders who are some seriously sadistic murders. They're responsible for the two sickest scenes in this film, they hit and run a kid on a bike (killing him), and beat up an old innocent lady. This same group is responsible for the birth of the Toxic Avenger, a strong mutant being that was once a puny janitor bullied by them. The rest of the film, essentially, is of the Toxic Avenger fighting off criminals and getting revenge on those who humiliated him... There's also a little bit of a romance going on between the Toxic Avenger and a blind girl named Sara. This a very important cult film, and it's always a satisfying one to watch.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer

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