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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Health Club 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

According to Mark Torgl in the Apocalypse Soon documentary, the cast and crew mostly ate Jarlsberg cheese sandwiches three times a day. By the end of the shoot, everyone was getting tired of this "so-called diet" - so, the crew put the cheese to waste by throwing the leftover five to six loads off a mountain. See more »

Goofs

There's clearly blood on the milkshake machine, which disappears when Toxie switches it on. Probably considered a continuity error by the filmmakers, while they were shooting multiple takes over this "death" scene. See more »

Quotes

Bozo: [about Melvin, who is clumsily mopping] Would you take a look at that fucking guy? The mop boy. Can't even mop right!
Julie: He's SO stupid!
Slug: He's always got that shit-eatin' grin on his face. What's he so happy about?
Bozo: I HATE that mop boy.
Julie: [as Melvin approaches] I think that creep's comin' over here!
Bozo: [sniffs] Julie, you... uh, smell somethin'?
Julie: Ew! Pee-you! What's that stink?
Melvin Junko: [sniffs] G-Gee, t-that's funny, I don't smell nothin'.
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Alternate Versions

USA Network's TV version that ran in the middle 1990s has at least two scenes not included in the Lightning Media/Video Treasures unrated VHS releases. One is a "pull my finger" gag that was cut. Another was a scene of Wanda and Julie showing up at the police station, complaining of what the Toxic Avenger did to them: cut hair or forced to sit on hot stones. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Toxic Crusaders (1991) See more »

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The Chase
Written by Delmar Brown
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User Reviews

The greatest anti-comedy ever!
9 June 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

"Toxic Avenger" is a grotesque parody on 80s teenager flicks like "Pretty in pink" or "Ferris Bueller´s Off Day", the same as a silly homage on comic heroes like the Swamp Thing or the Incredible Hulk. This film is a typical Troma release so watch it at your own risk: what you get is horrible acting (Marisa Tomei, anywhere?), sometimes infantile, sometimes macabre humor (beating up grannies, shooting guide dogs, running children over...) and comic book-like violence. Nevertheless it´s quite enjoyable and entertaining. A strange movie at all, but great for its kind! Highly recommended to people who like "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" or stuff like that.

6/10


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