The Toxic Avenger

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Overview

In a crazy spoof of heroic monster movies that spawned two sequels, The Toxic Avenger is about the transformation of a mild-mannered, scrawny janitor into a thundering, muscular hero out for justice, morality, and in one case, a bit of sex. Melvin Mark Torgl has a job as a custodian at a work-out club where his humiliating treatment by the musclebound reaches an ugly climax in which Melvin is forced to jump out of a window. He lands in a toxic waste truck, and by some miracle of modern pollution he is transformed...
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Overview

In a crazy spoof of heroic monster movies that spawned two sequels, The Toxic Avenger is about the transformation of a mild-mannered, scrawny janitor into a thundering, muscular hero out for justice, morality, and in one case, a bit of sex. Melvin Mark Torgl has a job as a custodian at a work-out club where his humiliating treatment by the musclebound reaches an ugly climax in which Melvin is forced to jump out of a window. He lands in a toxic waste truck, and by some miracle of modern pollution he is transformed into a pumped-up monster, heretofore known as the Toxic Avenger Mitchell Cohen. From that moment on, TA saves damsels and others in distress by some pretty gory mauling and maiming but finds his moment of fulfillment too.
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Special Features

The original Toxic Avenger movie in Tromorphic widescreen (1.85:1); Intro and new commentary track by Lloyd Kaufman, creator of the Toxic Avenger; Numerous fan projects including cartoons, original short films, re-inactments and many more; Scenes and songs from the stage show, "Toxic Avenger: The Musikill"; An updated "Where in the World is Toxie?"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
One of the most gleefully violent and tasteless super-human hero films ever to have been committed to celluloid, The Toxic Avenger proved the film that truly launched Troma as the center of the universe for mindless and endearingly sleazy entertainment. Upon viewing the film in retrospect, the fact that it spawned a series of lucrative sequels for Troma seems a given, though the simultaneous fact that it also proved the forerunner to a fairly popular but short-lived Saturday morning kiddie cartoon (complete with action figure tie-ins) is no less than mind-boggling considering the film's shockingly graphic violence towards children. Though anyone with a sensitive stomach and the easily (and, perhaps, not so easily) offended should be forewarned to avoid this film at all costs, those with a hearty sense of pitch-black humor will certainly find this no-budget, no-holds-barred cartoonish shock-a-thon required viewing. Best appreciated with a group of similarly twisted gore-hounds in the wee hours of a Saturday night, co-directors and Troma Studios co-founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Hertz pull out all the stops in playing such atrocities as a shotgun pointed at a baby and a child whose head is smashed repeatedly in graphic detail under the wheels of a car for laughs. While taken out of context these situations would read as some of the most horrifying imaginable, combined with sub-par and gleefully campy acting, cheap gore effects and an infectively giddy sense of anarchy, they work to create an atmosphere in which these otherwise unforgivable events are rendered so improbable that they become ridiculously humorous. Reportedly inspired to create this extreme effort after hearing that horror films were a dead genre, Kaufman may not have succeeded in single-handedly revitalizing the truly effective horror film, though he without question created one of the most influential exercises in bad taste since Pink Flamingos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • UPC: 790357924691
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Troma
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,334

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andree Maranda Sara
Mitchell Cohen The Toxic Avenger
Jennifer Babtist Wanda
Cindy Manion Julie
Robert Prichard Slug
Mark Torgl Melvin
Gary Schneider Bozo
Dick Martinsen Officer O'Clancy
Chris Liano Walter Harris
Joe Caldrone boy selling t-shirts
June de Young Reporter
Barbara J. Gurskey Barbie
Charles Lee Nipples
Albert Pia Tom Wrightson
Peter Racini policeman
Pat Ryan Jr. Mayor Belgoody
Joe Supor Jr. truck driver
Larry Sutton Frank
Samuel Weil
David N. Weiss Chief of Police
Dan Snow Cigar Face
Doug Isbecque Knuckles
Patrick Kilpatrick Leroy
Mike Russo Rico
Norma Pratt Mrs.Haskell
Andrew Craig Fred
Ryan Sexton Johnny
Sarabel Levinson Melvin's Mom
Reuben Guss Dr. Snodburger
Kenneth Kessler Voice Only
Donna Winter Mayor's Secretary
Mary Ellen David Woman Whose Car Gets Stolen
Dennis Souder Drug Dealer
Joe Zarro Mr. Wilson
William Christopher Weiss Bodybuilder
Dan Hogan Aerobics Instructor
Myrna Williams The Kansas Runaway
Richard Duggan Ice Cream Man
Bruce Morton Tony
John Stobaeus Truck Partner
D.J. Calvitto Boy On Bicycle
Cosmo Wilder Mayor's Secretary
Brigitte Douglaston Mayor's Secretary
Nancy Compansanto Mayor's Secretary
Andrea Suter Mayor's Secretary
Xavier Barquet Man Killed In Mexican Restaurant
Matt Klan Boy Hero
Sherry Park Woman In Salon
Vickie Usher Woman In Salon
Barry Shapiro Bruce
Andy Stamatin Chauncey
Betty Pia Woman In Salon
Teddy Copley Blonde Teeny Bopper
Dolly Hall Girl In Health Club
Alisha Riggs Girl In Health Club
Vicki Juditz Girl In Health Club
Roxanne Maranda Girl In Restaurant
Maxine Hayt Sara's Neighbor
Teresa Simpson Body Builder
Don Costello Sara's neighbor
Joe Curtis Policeman
Martin Scott McMann Policeman
Ed Carrion Policeman
Charles di Cagno Policeman
Bruce Zimmerman Policeman
Skip Hamra Policeman
Eileen Nad Castaldi Woman In Restaurant
Nathan Jon Castaldi Baby In Restaurant
Lisa Martinsen Hero fan club member
Dianna Flaherty Teenage drug buyer
Donna-Marie Stipo Health Club Member
Mary Cox Distressed Mother
Jessica Perkins T-Shirt Salesperson
Giorgio Calderone Hero fan club member
William Klan Interviewer
Margaret Riley Lady Crossing Street
Technical Credits
Michael Herz Director, Producer
Lloyd Kaufman Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Jennifer Aspinall Special Effects
Richard Haines Editor
Tom Lauten Special Effects
Scott Leva Stunts
James London Cinematographer
Alexandra Mazur Art Director
Alan J. Polyniak Editor
Joe Ritter Screenwriter
Barry Shapiro Art Director
Stuart Strutin Screenwriter
Gay Partington Terry Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Toxic Avenger 21st Anniversary Edition, Disc 1
2. Tromaville Health Club [6:58]
3. Joy Riding [7:09]
4. Becoming the Toxic Avenger [7:29]
5. Cleaning up Tromaville [10:31]
6. When Toxie Met Sarah [11:36]
7. Hot Ass [9:46]
8. Love is in the Air [5:48]
9. Sweet Revenge [11:29]
10. Monster Hero [11:15]
1. Canada [1:47]
2. Washington D.C. [:50]
3. England [5:00]
4. Europe [:38]
5. France [1:50]
6. Spain [11:56]
7. Belgium [1:27]
8. Switzerland [:47]
9. Holland [1:05]
10. Germany [2:06]
11. Italy [2:57]
12. Africa [2:22]
13. Thailand [2:22]
14. Korea [1:48]
15. Shanghai, China [:56]
16. Japan [9:45]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The Toxic Avenger 21st Anniversary Edition, Disc 1
   Play Feature
   Chapter Selection
   Audio Options
      Play the Toxic Avenger With Commentary by Lloyd Kaufman and Lenny
      Play Without Commentary
   Bonus Material
      Interviews
         Interview With Michael Herz
         Interview With Mitch Cohen
         Interview With Dan Snow
         Interview With Robert Prichard
         Interview With Sarabel Levinson
      Deleted Scenes
         Toxie Phone Home
         Fat Girl Goes Nutzoid - Cat Fight
         Sketch Artist
         Peanut Butter and Draino Sandwich
         Fatty Shack
         No Troubles in Tromaville
         Full My Finger Julie
      Laser Disc Intro and Outro
      Where in the World is Toxie?
         Play All
Side #2 -- The Toxic Avenger 21st Anniversary Edition, Disc 2 - Bonus DVD
   Fan Submissions
      Testimonials From Fans
         Testimonial From Blade
         James Bernardinelli
         Lloyd Kaufman Interviews Fans About the Toxic Avenger
      Films and Music Videos
         Russel Vincent Porter's Film Inspired by Lloyd Kaufman
         Toxie's 21st Birthday Party
         Toxic Avenger Theme Performed by Richard Taylor
         Toxic Avenger Theme Performed by Uncle Monsterface
   Toxic Avenger: The Musikill
      The Opening
      Joy Riding
      Melvin Transforms
      Slug and Bozo Die
   Tromatic Extras
      Toxic Avenger Trailer
      Toxic Avenger 2 Trailer
      Toxic Avenger 3 Trailer
      Citizen Toxie Trailer
      The Tromamercial
      Make Your Own Damn Movie
      Webmonkey's Bananas
      Cannibal! The Musical
      The Children Teaser
      Lloyd Kaufman's Master Class
      Tales From the Crapper Trailer
      Parts of the Family Trailer
      Teror Firmer Trailer
      Class of Nukem High 2 Trailer
      PETA2 Chew on This
      PETA2 Free Me
      Troma's Avengers
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