April 24, 2016

The Toxic Avenger.

Review #791: The Toxic Avenger.

Mitch Cohen (The Toxic Avenger), Kenneth Kessler (Voice of The Toxic Avenger), Mark Torgl (Melvin Ferd III), Andree Maranda (Sara), Pat Ryan Jr. (Mayor Peter Belgoody), Sarabel Levinson (Mrs. Ferd), Dan Snow (Cigar Face), Dick Martinsen (Officer O'Clancy), and Gary Schneider (Bozo) Directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman.

Well, I can certainly say this is one superhero film that stands out among the rest in terms of uniqueness, in part due to also being a horror comedy film with a toxic hero from New Jersey (of all places). While one could classify this as campy or schlock, there is a certain level of charm amidst all the laughs, blood & gore. The acting is nothing to praise about, but it's the way the movie just has fun with itself and entertains in such a bizarre format that runs effectively without tedium that makes for an effective film. It's a hokey kind of a movie, with no shame for what it does, because why not? You honestly can't be shocked at what you get from something titled "The Toxic Avenger", but you do get an entertaining movie. The villains are as expected to be: over-the top (with one group even playing a game of hit-and-run with their car), but the movie is campy enough to where you just enjoy it all. The movie turned out to be Troma Entertainment's most popular film, with three sequels (and a television series) being made in its aftermath. I'd recommend seeing it, especially if you're looking for something different.

Countdown to #800: 10, 9...

Overall, I give it 8 out of 10 stars.

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