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A silly and ribald superhero spoof, Toxic Avenger uninhibited humor hits more than it misses.
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Cruddy, primal, extremely violent, and fairly entertaining, it captures some of the snot-flicking spirit of the old EC comics.
An outlandish mix of gory violence and realistic special effects.
It all falls apart after an hour, chunks of the preceding entertainment reappearing as random montages.
[It] may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville's evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways.
The humor is not merely sophomoric and silly, it's aggressively so, and the bargain basement gore effects are over-the-top and excessive.
Leave it to Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz to take typical superhero tropes and twist in to something wonderfully gruesome and absurd.
here, beneath all the smiles and sun and buff bodies, is a vision of the US as a place of corruption, pollution, and violent criminality, with the ordinary law-abiding "little people" constantly at the mercy of a toxic American Dream.
Still manages to trigger disgust and a handful of laughs, representing not only a key Troma financial victory, but it's quite possibly their finest original work.
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.
It's your basic nerd revenge fantasy, only decked out in gore and over-the-top, bad-taste gags.
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.
The Toxic Avenger is an incredibly bizarre flick, combining silly jokes with outrageous gore, but it works.
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!
The most infamous of the Troma films, "The Toxic Avenger" features, what can only be described as, a mentally handicapped man who is turned into a monster via nuclear sludge. His voice changes, he gains super strength, and an ability to sniff out evil. He is given the power of destroying evil, and does so around town while the corrupt police try to catch him. The film is pure exploitation, which includes: child murder, eye gouging, and attempted rape of a blind woman. After all the unfortunateness of the evildoers, and the violence that the avenger enacts, the story becomes very campy. "Toxie," as he is called, becomes Tromaville's superhero, gets a girlfriend, and tries to foil the evil deeds of the corrupt mayor. While this film may be upsetting for some, because of its violence, it stands as one of the better camp films of the eighties. If we're picking incongruities, the ending was nonsensical, but that's a bit of a nitpick when you take into account the nonsensical nature of the entire film. A very fun film throughout, this is not for those who get easily offended or find violence off-putting.
The best superhero movie in movie history.
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