The Toxic avenger (1984) – Troma – DVD

$14.95

What can one say about The Toxic Avenger that has not already been said?

Wikipedia sez:

The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 American superhero black comedy splatter film directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman (credited as Samuel Weil) from a screenplay by Joe Ritter, based on a story by Kaufman. The film was produced and released by Troma Entertainment. It is the first installment in The Toxic Avenger film series and generated a media franchise.[4]

A remake based on the film premiered in 2023 at Fantastic Fest. Also titled The Toxic Avenger (2023), it represents the fifth installment in the film series. It was written and directed by Macon Blair and stars Peter Dinklage in the title role, along with Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Elijah Wood and Kevin Bacon

But that’s boring and dry and only tells half a story. The Toxic Avenger launched Troma. It’s a bloody, nudity filled, trashy, sleazy, gorefest. It’s a mess. It was a straight to video release that was only really possible because of the advent of the VHS era. And it was transformed in to a Children’s Cartoon in 1990, because we are, as a society, utterly deranged.

It’s a classic, with good reason. It’s reviled, with good reason. It is everything you expect it to be and more and somehow also much much less. It’s an education in how to make a movie, it’s an education in how not to make a movie. It’s The Toxic Avenger, and it’s only $15, so go ahead and buy it.

 

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