The Toxic Avenger Reviews

  • Sep 26, 2020

    How was this even released? It shows a child being brutally murdered like it's something to laugh at. Absolutely disgusting and disturbing that someone would think to create such a scene. Unwatchable and should be banned.

    How was this even released? It shows a child being brutally murdered like it's something to laugh at. Absolutely disgusting and disturbing that someone would think to create such a scene. Unwatchable and should be banned.

  • Jul 11, 2020

    Wow. It was John Waters who once said that a London censor who turned down a showing of "Pink Flamingos" said, "We do not know how to deal with purposeful bad taste." The Toxic Avenger is like if you asked a hormone-raging 13-14-year-old boy in the early 1980s who collects Garbage Pail Kids to make up the most violent and sexual superhero story they could think of. Then you made that movie on no budget, with lots of blood, violence, and nudity. Added racism and corruption. And actively paid people to crank their acting up to 11 on the ridiculousness meter. This is such a radioactively bad movie that it is actually astonishing that it exists. But the reason the rating isn't lower is that it knows it's that bad and it did it on purpose. That and it has a couple small but blistering statements on religious hypocrisy and fascism in the police department. If you like really bad movies, this could top them all.

    Wow. It was John Waters who once said that a London censor who turned down a showing of "Pink Flamingos" said, "We do not know how to deal with purposeful bad taste." The Toxic Avenger is like if you asked a hormone-raging 13-14-year-old boy in the early 1980s who collects Garbage Pail Kids to make up the most violent and sexual superhero story they could think of. Then you made that movie on no budget, with lots of blood, violence, and nudity. Added racism and corruption. And actively paid people to crank their acting up to 11 on the ridiculousness meter. This is such a radioactively bad movie that it is actually astonishing that it exists. But the reason the rating isn't lower is that it knows it's that bad and it did it on purpose. That and it has a couple small but blistering statements on religious hypocrisy and fascism in the police department. If you like really bad movies, this could top them all.

  • Apr 10, 2020

    "And you can tell all your scum friends that things are gonna change in this town. I'm not just another pretty face." ☣️ A tour de farce for the longest running independent movie studio of all time, Troma's triumph of trash is unapologetically cruddy, putrid and vulgar, particularly in its aggressive first act, but miraculously mutates into a veracious tongue-in-cheek superhero spoof thanks to a toxic vat of camp and fun. Striking big on a shoestring budget, directing duo Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman turn up the violence and gore to an extreme eleven with cheap special effects work that sometimes sickens, yet never detracts from the film's goofy and warped charm. A few sleazy standouts include Mitch Cohen as the titular monster, the sadistic fan favourite Gary Schneider and Sandy Farina's cheesy theme, "Body Talk". 1984 saw this splatter comedy romp released to almost no reaction, yet today Tromaville's flagship crime fighter has destroyed evil in three subsequent sequels, an animated kids' tv series, a video game and even his own successful musical. Not just another pretty face after all. 8/10 mops to the face.

    "And you can tell all your scum friends that things are gonna change in this town. I'm not just another pretty face." ☣️ A tour de farce for the longest running independent movie studio of all time, Troma's triumph of trash is unapologetically cruddy, putrid and vulgar, particularly in its aggressive first act, but miraculously mutates into a veracious tongue-in-cheek superhero spoof thanks to a toxic vat of camp and fun. Striking big on a shoestring budget, directing duo Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman turn up the violence and gore to an extreme eleven with cheap special effects work that sometimes sickens, yet never detracts from the film's goofy and warped charm. A few sleazy standouts include Mitch Cohen as the titular monster, the sadistic fan favourite Gary Schneider and Sandy Farina's cheesy theme, "Body Talk". 1984 saw this splatter comedy romp released to almost no reaction, yet today Tromaville's flagship crime fighter has destroyed evil in three subsequent sequels, an animated kids' tv series, a video game and even his own successful musical. Not just another pretty face after all. 8/10 mops to the face.

  • Dec 07, 2019

    Really a very good film if you have no great expectations for a mid 1980s indie comedy - the basic story about freaks and outsiders defeating a cast of heartless blond bimbos and irritatingly annoying alpha males at a gym centre is expanded to a worldview where the titular hero rights wrongs and saves the innocent across the city of Tromaville. Funny, but probably ruined for some viewers by worthless straight-to-video sequels, comic books, cartoons, stage musicals etc - the film is a funny, short blast of teen movie satire and gore from a particular era in cheesy low-budget film, and doesn't really suit further iterations.

    Really a very good film if you have no great expectations for a mid 1980s indie comedy - the basic story about freaks and outsiders defeating a cast of heartless blond bimbos and irritatingly annoying alpha males at a gym centre is expanded to a worldview where the titular hero rights wrongs and saves the innocent across the city of Tromaville. Funny, but probably ruined for some viewers by worthless straight-to-video sequels, comic books, cartoons, stage musicals etc - the film is a funny, short blast of teen movie satire and gore from a particular era in cheesy low-budget film, and doesn't really suit further iterations.

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Hello Reader, THE TOXIC AVENGER is a Cult Classic!

    Hello Reader, THE TOXIC AVENGER is a Cult Classic!

  • Oct 13, 2019

    The best comedy-horror movie ever made!

    The best comedy-horror movie ever made!

  • Sep 01, 2019

    Not for everyone! Stupid, manic, insane, and as B movies go this is a great one. Comedy violence at it's best. Shame the sequels never lived up to the first one.

    Not for everyone! Stupid, manic, insane, and as B movies go this is a great one. Comedy violence at it's best. Shame the sequels never lived up to the first one.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    8/30/19: the worst acting I’ve ever seen!

    8/30/19: the worst acting I’ve ever seen!

  • Jul 21, 2019

    Gore, action, sci-fi, comedy! Fun!!!

    Gore, action, sci-fi, comedy! Fun!!!

  • Oct 26, 2018

    You can't get more politically incorrect. This movie could never be made today, and it's awesome from start to finish.

    You can't get more politically incorrect. This movie could never be made today, and it's awesome from start to finish.