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2,503 Ratings

The Toxic Avenger

United States, 1984
Comedy, Horror, Action


The corrupt mayor of Tromaville, New Jersey, sits idly by while robbers and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens. When Melvin, a nerdy janitor at the local health club, falls into toxic waste, a metamorphosis takes place. He turns into the Toxic Avenger, doer of good, and brutal mauler of evil.

Our take

The Toxic Avenger is the flagship title from the infamous American independent production company Troma. Directed by the company’s founders, this is an endlessly inspired oddity of a superhero movie—made long before the genre became rife with convention and impersonality.

The Toxic Avenger Directed by Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

Critics reviews

Troma’s basic premise is to create a low-brow aesthetic, yet one devoid of the camp and self-awareness present in works of John Waters and other filmmakers who have romanticized low culture. . . . The Toxic Avenger is a strong film, both entertaining and surprisingly dense.
May 08, 2012
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It may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville’s evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways.
April 04, 1986
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