The Toxic Avenger

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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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: 8/12/2014
  • UPC: 790357987900
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Troma
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 3,107

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
Xavier Barquet Man Killed In Mexican Restaurant
Charles di Cagno Policeman
Giorgio Calderone Hero fan club member
Joe Caldrone boy selling t-shirts
D.J. Calvitto Boy On Bicycle
Ed Carrion Policeman
Eileen Nad Castaldi Woman In Restaurant
Nathan Jon Castaldi Baby In Restaurant
Nancy Compansanto Mayor's Secretary
Teddy Copley Blonde Teeny Bopper
Don Costello Sara's neighbor
Mary Cox Distressed Mother
Andrew Craig Fred
Joe Curtis Policeman
Mary Ellen David Woman Whose Car Gets Stolen
June de Young Reporter
Brigitte Douglaston Mayor's Secretary
Richard Duggan Ice Cream Man
Dianna Flaherty Teenage drug buyer
Barbara J. Gurskey Barbie
Reuben Guss Dr. Snodburger
Dolly Hall Girl In Health Club
Skip Hamra Policeman
Maxine Hayt Sara's Neighbor
Dan Hogan Aerobics Instructor
Doug Isbecque Knuckles
Vicki Juditz Girl In Health Club
Kenneth Kessler Voice Only
Patrick Kilpatrick Leroy
Matt Klan Boy Hero
William Klan Interviewer
Charles Lee Nipples
Sarabel Levinson Melvin's Mom
Roxanne Maranda Girl In Restaurant
Lisa Martinsen Hero fan club member
Martin Scott McMann Policeman
Bruce Morton Tony
Sherry Park Woman In Salon
Jessica Perkins T-Shirt Salesperson
Albert Pia Tom Wrightson
Betty Pia Woman In Salon
Norma Pratt Mrs.Haskell
Peter Racini policeman
Alisha Riggs Girl In Health Club
Margaret Riley Lady Crossing Street
Mike Russo Rico
Pat Ryan Jr. Mayor Belgoody
Ryan Sexton Johnny
Barry Shapiro Bruce
Teresa Simpson Body Builder
Dan Snow Cigar Face
Dennis Souder Drug Dealer
Andy Stamatin Chauncey
Donna-Marie Stipo Health Club Member
John Stobaeus Truck Partner
Joe Supor Jr. truck driver
Andrea Suter Mayor's Secretary
Larry Sutton Frank
Vickie Usher Woman In Salon
Samuel Weil
David N. Weiss Chief of Police
William Christopher Weiss Bodybuilder
Cosmo Wilder Mayor's Secretary
Myrna Williams The Kansas Runaway
Donna Winter Mayor's Secretary
Joe Zarro Mr. Wilson
Bruce Zimmerman Policeman
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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