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1984 film directed by Lloyd Kaufman

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Melvin Junko, mop boy turned hideously mutated Superhero from Tromaville.

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The Toxic Avenger was the flagship of Troma's movie line during the mid to late 80's. This film was responsible for keeping the company a float during this time period and it also marked a turning point in the company's history. For years, Lloyd Kaufman and company were making cheesy low budget sex comedies. With the birth of the Toxic Avenger, they started to expand their horizons, focusing on low budget horror/comedy trashy spoofs films. Instant cult classics were being produced by Team Troma.

The Toxic Avenger is a Charles Atlas tale gone a wry. A weak nerd is transformed into a superhero of "superhuman size and strength." Melvin Junko is his name and he was a mop boy for a local health spa. One day a mean prank turns into a horrible freak accident, Melvin was exposed to an open drum of toxic waste instead of killing him it transforms and mutates him into an vigilante avenger, a TOXIC AVENGER!
His mutated chromosomes alert him whenever a crime is about to be committed and he uses his newly acquired powers to fight crime and protect the meek.  But will the public accept this hideously disfigured superhero or will he be shunned by society? Check out The Toxic Avenger today.

Troma becomes a worldwide phenomenon and The Toxic Avenger becomes one of the most famous cult films of all time. A must for all campy cult film fans

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review by . August 06, 2011
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*** out of ****     Thank goodness that films as good as "The Toxic Avenger" exist when it comes to much needed escapism. Without these films, we might just explode from the stress of everyday life. Sometimes we just want to sit down and watch a movie. And while there are other movies that you could certainly watch instead, you shouldn't distance yourself too far from this one. As strange and corny as it may seem, "The Toxic Avenger" is a film that I'd actually end up recommending …
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The first film of the Toxic Avenger series.

110 minutes is the Director's prefered cut.

Released on video unrated.

Character actor Patrick Kilpatrick makes his screen debut.

Marisa Tomei appears as an extra in the film.

One of Troma's most profitable films.

A cartoon series The Toxic Crusaders was based upon the film.

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Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy
Release Date: April 11, 1986
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Lloyd Kaufman
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: Troma
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