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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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Taglines:

"Melvin was a 90lb. weakling until nuclear waste transformed him into..." [The Toxic Avenger] 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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Box Office

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 Dan Snow, the character name and gimmick for Cigar Face were thought up on the spot by Lloyd Kaufman while they were filming his scenes when Kaufman spotted Snow lighting up a cigar on the set. See more »

Goofs

During the love montage there is a scene where Toxie jokingly puts a pylon on his head and Sara laughs, Sara's character is blind. See more »

Quotes

Slug: You know, I think you oughta work a little bit on your gut. You're getting a little bit flabby there!
Bozo: [stops lifting] What? What are you talking about? I ain't go no fat! There's no fat on here, there's no
[grabs a piece of his stomach and is shocked]
Bozo: ... FAT! FAT!
[lifts weights harder]
Bozo: .
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Alternate Versions

The very rare and limited edition laserdisc (special gold plated disc released in 1998 by Troma) marks the only time the film was released in its original aspect ratio of 1:85:1. It went under the label of "the Troma widescreen collection". It also features the 10 extra minutes that were cut from the film (as a supplement). The Japanese version of the film is the only place this extra 10 minutes were restored. The laserdisc is the unrated version of the film. The laserdisc also featured an introduction by Lloyd Kaufman that's only available on this edition (has Toxie as a crack addict), trailer for the film, commentary by Kaufman and a slew of other extras. The only other film released under the Troma widescreen collection was Tromeo and Juliet, which received similar treatment. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Mexican Restaurant Fight
Performed and Composed by Morrie Brown
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Revolting, disgusting, stupid- I loved it!
3 May 2000 | by zmaturinSee all my reviews

As a child I loved to stay up late and watch "USA Up All Night" (with Gilbert Gottfried or Rhonda Shear, I wasn't picky). This allowed me to sample pretty much every major Troma movie, and I discovered the meaning of the phrase "guilty pleasure". As I got older I stayed away from Troma, as their movies radiated the kind of feeling you get from wearing a shoddy Halloween mask too long and getting nauseous inhaling the cheap rubber fumes. But after sampling the delightful "Tromeo & Juliet" I decided to return to my roots and check out the directors edition of the classic "Toxic Avenger".

While I was right in remembering the films as the guiltiest of pleasure, the cheap charm of the film was undeniable, and there was a ton of gore in the movie that I never saw on T.V. Arms are severed, guts are ripped out, seeing-eye dogs are shot, and children's heads are crushed- and it all looks pretty good! Some of the acting will make you wince, some of the jokes are atrocious (there are mother-in-law jokes), and some scenes go on too long (the idiotic out-of-control-car sequence) or too short (Toxie taking his revenge on his tormenters is strangely gore-free, which is explained in the director's commentary), but I can't bad-mouth a movie that has it's hero stuff a little old lady in a washing machine. If you're a gore fan with a high thresh hold for bad taste, then give the Toxic Avenger another shot- I did, and I'm a better person for it. I think.


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