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. —IMDb
Lloyd Kaufman (born December 30, 1945) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and occasional actor With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, including the The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet. Kaufman also serves as chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.
In 1974, Kaufman and his business partner Michael Herz founded Troma Entertainment and began producing and distributing independent action and comedy films. In order to pay the bills, Kaufman did freelance work for Hollywood productions, including Rocky, Saturday Night Fever, and The Final Countdown, which he also produced (Kaufman has said that it was his experience on this film that made him never want to deal with a major studio again). From 1979 to 1981, the two wrote, produced and directed a series of profitable “sexy comedies,” precursors to such films as Porky’s, including Squeeze Play!, Waitress… read more
Michael Herz is an American film producer, director and screenwriter. With Lloyd Kaufman, the two are the co-founders of Troma Entertainment, the world’s longest running independent film studio, known for their comedic horror films, including the cult favorite Toxic Avenger series and the critically acclaimed Tromeo and Juliet.
Herz and Kaufman first met when both of them were attending Yale University. Initially, the two didn’t get along; Kaufman has stated that the only reason the two hung out with each other was that Herz owned a pinball machine and Kaufman was the only person in their dormitory who owned a television. Regardless, he was cast in a small part in Kaufman’s first feature film, The Girl Who Returned.
After graduating from Yale, Herz went on to study law at New York University. Although he was quite adept at the subject, he secretly harbored a desire to become a screenwriter. His girlfriend Maris, who was a friend of Lloyd Kaufman’s, took Herz to see Cry… read more
Gore, over the top black comedy and a very memorable hero. Yes, its campy, cheesy and you cant take it seriously by any means but Its a really fun and a profoundly entertaining film. One of the craziest and unique "super hero" movies I have ever seen. Not classy, not serious, not sophisticated and not artistic but I had a lot of fun watching this film and it was a really nice introduction to Troma and Lloyd Kaufman.
One would need to have the most juvenile, classless sensibilities possible to find any of this trash even remotely entertaining. In other words, I loved it.
The campiest, raunchiest, craziest, most gruesome movie ever to get made into a cartoon show for kids!