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The Toxic Avenger

4.3 out of 5 stars 175 customer reviews

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A 98-pound nerd from New Jersey lands in a vat of toxic waste and becomes a do-gooder monster.

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The most widely known of Troma Films' stable of low-budget exploitation, The Toxic Avenger is an exuberantly crude poke at superheroes and monster movies, delivered with a healthy dose of cheap gags, splattery special effects, and T&A. It's also a genuinely funny film, and its no-holds-barred attitude has a grubby charm that eludes most gross-out comedies. The Toxic Avenger opens with an absurdly vicious crew preying upon Melvin, a nebbishy janitor. Their pranks land him in a vat of chemical waste, which transforms him into a lumpy monster that deals out gruesome revenge. Directors (and Troma company heads) Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz aim low in detailing "Toxie's" vengeance spree, and the subsequent carnage should please gorehounds. But they're also savvy enough recognize the film's limitations, and wisely camp things with plenty of slapstick. The result is a frantic and funny mess that should amuse even the most dour cult movie fan. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Lost scenes rescued from the Tromaville archives
  • Exclusive interview with Toxie today
  • Never-before-seen movie stills from _Toxic Avenger, The (1985)_  including Marisa Tomei in her first movie
  • Trailers for other Troma favourites
  • Samples from the "Toxic Crusaders" animated TV series
  • The radiation march and a special Tromatic Public Service Announcment
  • Actor Mark Torgl reveal his most intimate secrets about the Mop Boy's transformation

Product Details

  • Actors: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard
  • Directors: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz
  • Writers: Lloyd Kaufman, Gay Partington Terry, Joe Ritter, Stuart Strutin
  • Producers: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TROMA ENTERTAINMENT INC.
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 1998
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304723113
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Toxic Avenger" on IMDb

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The Toxic Avenger is probably one of the best cult movies of its time and of course it brought Troma to life in every way possible. When I heard that this movie was coming out on DVD again and it was put in widescreen quality I thought "That's cool. Maybe they'll remaster it and give it a new digital makeover!" Man was I fooled. The 21st Anniversary edition packaging was cool but I played both the new one and the old one. The old one had a transfer that was way way better than the new one and the widescreen format didn't make much of a difference to the movie (than again Troma never did good transfers to their movies, but the original DVD of this movie has a way better transfer). The fullscreen transfer actually had a wider reach than the widescreen version. The extras on the new one are not much better than on the old one. even though it did include most of the stuff on the original version, some of the stuff on the original version was more helpful on the behind the scenes look to the movie. The new one showed mainly fans recreating classic scenes from the movie and the commentary track is different; the one on the original is way more informative. If you don't own the movie the two-disc version is at a cheap price but the original DVD release is cheaper and is definitely the better one to have.

Me, being a big fan of Troma, I did enjoy the movie, and I own the original DVD release. If you people are planning on upgrading to the 21st Anniversary Edition, you may be a little disappointed. I still give this movie a 5-star rating for the movie and for the original DVD release. But beware, as I say again, you may be disappointed with the new DVD release. I'd say only the elite die-hard fans will want the new version. I'm a die-hard fan but I'm perfectly happy with the original version. But the movie passes with flying colors. GO TOXIE!
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PLOT:

In a town called Tromaville there is a gym where a little dweeb named Melvin works. He's a geek who gets on all the cool kids nerves. They plan a prank on him that ends seeing Melvin fall out of a window and land in a barrel of Toxic waste on the back of a truck parked outside. But instead of killing Melvin, it turns him into a hideously deformed creature of super human size and strength that develops Troma-zones that make Melvin fight crime when needed. Melvin helps the people of Tromaville and cleans up the town of its crime, while also getting revenge on the kids who caused him to become what he is.

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TA is a dark comedy full of action, horror and comedy that will not be accepted by people who take things too seriously. It is an over the top, cult style film. It's a breath of fresh air to have a movie with actors who aren't trying to steal the spotlight, or use the film as a stepping-stone to further there acting credibility for future reference. This movie would never win any academy award. But that's what we love about because we hate the academy awards anyway. Toxie is just a great movie of the little guy that was always pushed around finds himself in a situation that leads to him finishing on top...and also some wacky, gross, disgusting, silly, over drawn, ridicules things along the way. It's a fun movie but not something to sit down with grandma to watch.

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Finally I was able to sit down, kick back and relax and watch the Toxic Avenger clearly and as a bonus, uncut. I've had the first 3 Toxies on VHS for years, but the videos where bad quality, warn out and the image was always rolling and fading, the sound was dropping in and out...
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I really enjoyed this movie, but mostly because it was so juvenile. It was just plain FUN!! It wasn't a wel made film, and the acting was horrible. But it brought back memories of early "Showtime" when my kids and I had little, and it gave me a good laugh to think anyone could actually take this film serious.
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this is a awesome movie. I remember the cartoon the toxic crusaders. but I did not know it was based on this movie. the special effects and make-up is pretty good for this movie when it was made. this movie is 2 years older than me. I did not know it was that old. I love this 80's movies. this is truly one of those underrated movies. great acting great special effects. and a good story. if you have not seen this movie then I recommend you do
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This is the film that put Troma on the map...and pretty much the only reason Troma is still around today. I vividly remember renting this film for the first time in the mid-80's from my local Mom & Pop video store, and having a great evening with my high school buddies as this played. Re-watching it now on "Green"-Ray, the film still holds up, and it's as much a blast today as it was 30 years ago.

Melvin is a nerdy, wimpy janitor at the local Tromaville Healthclub. Unfortunately he draws the attention of a murderous group of thugs that workout at the club. Melvin finds himself the prime target of a prank by the gang, and ends up face down in a barrel full of toxic waste. Instead of dying, the toxic waste turns Melvin into The Toxic Avenger, a strong mutant with the ability to sniff out evil-doers.

Full of blood, boobs and laughs, "The Toxic Avenger" is tons of fun for those of us who enjoy these types of films.
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