The Toxic Avenger
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Cruddy, primal, extremely violent, and fairly entertaining, it captures some of the snot-flicking spirit of the old EC comics."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"[It] may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville's evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The Toxic Avenger tells the humorous story of a geeky weakling who is turned into a superhero when he is slimed by some toxic waste."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Simply one of the most embarassingly entertaining movies I've ever seen!"
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"An outlandish mix of gory violence and realistic special effects."
‑ , Variety
"Though it is silly, sleazy, and graphically violent, The Toxic Avenger does hold a bit of warped charm for fans of this sort of thing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Toxic Avenger is an incredibly bizarre flick, combining silly jokes with outrageous gore, but it works."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It has crude production values, weak humor, and an inexplicable following."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"It all falls apart after an hour, chunks of the preceding entertainment reappearing as random montages."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's your basic nerd revenge fantasy, only decked out in gore and over-the-top, bad-taste gags."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's passable entertainment for a while, but even with the short 87 minute running time it starts to feel a bit long in the tooth"
‑ Brian Mckay,
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