Toxic Avenger (1984)

James / October 11th, 2012


Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews the Troma classic The Toxic Avenger from 1984. Not all monsters are scary to people. Not if it’s one fighting crime in the Garden State.


  • October 11, 2012 at 1:09 am


  • Kerveros

    October 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    There is even a musical. God I miss the 80’s.

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        March 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

        I hope lucy died from posting this shit

  • Jee_Himself

    October 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Haha! Toxic is one of my favorite horror film from the eighty’s ๐Ÿ˜€
    Another great silly horror movie i can think of is Street Thrash, i really hope this one is on your list! aswell!!! Keep up the good work James! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 11, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Really original idea. Just this thing was scaring me, glad the piss scene was there.

  • JJAlexander

    October 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I owned the home video on VHS back in 1992 and those “extra gore” scenes mentioned weren’t in that version either. Maybe they were put back in for the DVD release, and that’s why there was no “edited for content” disclaimer on the cable version.

  • Kelprunk

    October 11, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I’d say this is Troma’s take on the revenge films of the 70s, everything from Death Wish to Taxy Driver.

  • granado_jake

    October 11, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I am gonna give this a watch.

    The only Troma film i have seen is “Die You Zombie Bastards” good lord is it out there.

    To this day one of the “worst” films, but somehow it was hilarious, enough to warrant another watch in the future. It made little to no sense most of the time, but I think that was half of the charm

  • RobSlowick

    October 11, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Review Razorback!

  • RobSlowick

    October 11, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I love this review! Godd one, James!

  • RobSlowick

    October 11, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I mean good!

  • Joel

    October 11, 2012 at 3:28 am

    This movie looks badass.

  • xdeathknightx

    October 11, 2012 at 3:34 am

    The Troma movies are great. Not all of them are classics in that campy schlocky way but they do have some great movies out there.

  • Koobion

    October 11, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Oh man. I have the Genesis game Toxic Crusaders, based off’ve this character. It’s hard as hell and somewhat shitty. James should review it! Or Mike! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • likalaruku

    October 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I just watched Toxic Avenger V; one of the better sequels. I love drunk Evil Kabukiman.

  • kilroy2626

    October 11, 2012 at 3:40 am

    There was a huge life-size cardboard sign with a real mop that was very eye-catching at my local ma & pop video store my mom took me to, when I was 10 or 11. I begged and begged for her to rent it, until finally she caved and got it for us. Normally, she screened movies before we could watch them, but we were able to sneek a peek at this one before she got a chance to screen it. Thank goodness, because if she had seen it first I never would have gotten to see what I consider a staple of my childhood, and the birth of a lifelong relationship between myself and Troma!

  • likalaruku

    October 11, 2012 at 3:43 am

    You can legally watch this movie for free at Hulu.

  • Iron65

    October 11, 2012 at 4:11 am

    No Toxic Avenger , no Lord of the rings… MUST SEE IT…Actually it’s a very weird change of roles ,, Making extreme gore films to make exquisit fantasy ! …Nice movie ! Must see!

  • ShyBanana

    October 11, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Poor kid ๐Ÿ™

  • likalaruku

    October 11, 2012 at 4:31 am

    It’s the best Incredible Hulk movie ever made.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 11, 2012 at 4:48 am

    A true classic!

  • Misdemeanors

    October 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I’ve been waiting so long for this! Hope you’ll do Nuke ’em High too!

  • Goobian

    October 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

    The guy that said this is a revenge film Lloyd on the commentary said there were a lot of superhero movies out at that time and so this was really a screw you to those movies.

    Also this movie and the sequels are on youtube right now. I watched it a month or two ago on Youtube. Unedited, the two edited scenes that he mentioned are in it.

    I watched this movie when I was about 10-11 years old with my older cousin that watched this movie when it came out. He didn’t remember all the nude scenes in the movie. He usually made me cover my eyes during nude scenes in movies he rented. I didn’t think he cared, he just didn’t want me going to tell my Grandma he let me watch it I think. Anyway this movie was like swiss cheese to me at the time lol. I finally when I was about 18-19 saw it in it’s entirety when I rented it on NetFlix. Funny thing is, I am a girl. There should of be no reason for him to be worried that I saw boobs. There is a collector’s editon that is a clam shell with a green VHS tape in it. Brad Jones mentioned it. Yes this movie is definitely a classic.


    October 11, 2012 at 6:27 am

    good movie they are 4 toxic avenger movies

  • Griff

    October 11, 2012 at 6:28 am

    it’s endlessly weird that they made a kid’s cartoon based on this movie, I mean how the hell did THAT happen? didn’t they worry that kids might rent the movies?

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    October 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

    A true classic. I love watching the trailers on Troma DVDs just to see the ridiculous garbage they put out. Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD?

  • rsaotome

    October 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I can’t be the only one who’d want to see this f**ked up gore fest on blu-ray, intact.

  • demmaster

    October 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

    You’re definitely NOT the only one that wants to see this movie in HD quality. This movie looks frigging epic!

  • Maggie1983

    October 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I’m surprised I’ve never seen this. I remember a few other Troma films I watched as a kid, Class of Nuke’Em High and Class of Nuke’Em High 2 (which I technically wasn’t supposed to watch as a kid on most parts. lol). I think it must have been a staple to have really bad bad guys, because these movies had them, too. I think the second one had a couple of punks throwing a baby around, and the main protagonist caught it and gave it back to the woman…only for her to act all pissy with him as if he was a part of it. The first had some weird gang who kind of remind me slightly of the one from Vamp for some reason. Now I feel like watching all these movies…

  • asnaes1981

    October 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I have a DVD copy of this that I got autographed by Lloyd Kaufman himself at a convention back in 2009!

  • herrkilman

    October 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

    It is extremely ironic and weird that a cartoon and children’s toys were based off of this shlock. It was fairly popular, even though it was percieved by most kids as something of a poor man’s Turtles.

    It’s a strange world, indeed.

  • zoopsat

    October 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Nice one. I’ve seen too many Troma movies for my own good. You could do a whole season on them.

  • Clutchkman

    October 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I had this one on VHS! Good review of a fun movie James!

  • October 11, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I’m seriously glad that James is back.

  • Alucard Sievers

    October 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I’m a huge Troma fan! I actually met Lloyd Kaufman and his wife last year at Horror Hound, and I set in on one of his film making courses.

  • AxlTCU

    October 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I remember reading (I think on they are trying to make a big budget re-make of this movie.

  • Deeke

    October 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I used to have SO MANY of the Toxic Avenger action figures when the (cartoon?) series came out, this is definitely a huge journey into nostalgia for me. Except now I miss all my old figures ;[

  • Harken_X

    October 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Nice of James to bring up ‘Street Trash’! Love to see him do a review of that one. It doesn’t hold back on the gore (or melting) whatsoever.

  • marc_lawson

    October 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I saw this movie when I was 9 years old and the head crushing car scene made me cry. After that, I got numb to all movie gore.

  • betillo80

    October 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

    awesome review i have a sugestion can you upload the videos in order to select the quality its because ior the people that dont have high speed conection thanks

  • jessejace

    October 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

    My best friend was an intern on the last Toxie movie they made. Even got his name in the credits.

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I just discovered Troma films and I’m glad I did. That stuff is right up my alley.

  • rigger red

    October 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Teenage Cat Girls in Heat is another awesom troma film too

  • nesgamer

    October 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm


  • Omega Centauri

    October 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Netflix is currently streaming the directors cut lazer discs version. It has some pretty funny extras. Worth checking out even if you have already watched this movie a milion times. Props on the Toxic Avenger review.

  • lordmiggel

    October 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Good old TV .. I wonder if it’s really this rare, that scenes are cut out of movies in American TV? In Germany I wouldn’t even be surprised when they’d cut out the Beagle Boys from DuckTales for their violent appearance.
    I remember this one time when my dad brought me a VHS recording of Friday the 13th from a colleague who had access to german Pay(!)-TV, which was really fucking expensive back then. The movie was cut to death (35 seconds which means nearly the whole movie deaths were cut out).
    Until today, it has never been shown on free-TV; same goes for Halloween II (1981 of course) which was banned in germany for a long time. Needless to say, Halloween II (2009) easily passed the rating, as it contained much less violence then its predecessor … DUH ^^

  • October 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    One of my favorite movie ever !!!!!

  • Autosuggestion

    October 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I love this movie. There’s nothing else to say about it.

  • October 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Ooooh! I know this movie! Horrible))

  • spaghetti cat

    October 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Surf Nazis Must Die!!

  • Mr.David

    October 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    For Monster Madness.


    THE CAT IN THE HAT (2003)

  • jdshald

    October 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    loving 80s monster madness. fantastic series this year.

  • mistahtom

    October 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Popcorn in a jar? What the fuck.

  • October 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Troma is actually devolping a 5th Toxie flick

  • culwin

    October 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I buy all my popcorn pre-popped in a jar.

  • henry

    October 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I remember being 12 years old and watching this movie on on USA network late night, or maybe it was Monstervision. Anyway, it blew my freakin mind how crazy this movie was. And they didn’t even show all the most disturbing scenes either!

    YouTube has the whole movie for view in case anyone wants to check it out in all it’s glory, unedited.

  • tonyaj420

    October 11, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Anyone who likes this should check out Hobo With a Shotgun.

  • October 12, 2012 at 12:06 am

    As a kid I was blessed (?) with the chance of watching this movie way before the animation TV show was even conceived.
    Clearly, the videotape we rented was also heavily edited.

    It was (and still is) definitely something else.

  • SirSuperSouthern

    October 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

    The first TA was the only good one, the sequels all sucked balls. The first, however, is one of my favorite movies all time!

  • Sardaukar Prime

    October 12, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Unapologetic,thatยดs the word that best defines Troma. The children ยจmassacreยจat the end of Beware! Children at Play is the best example of this. The first Toxic Avenger and Class of Nukem High are my favorite Troma flicks.

  • Scary German Guy

    October 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

    My favorite Troma film is REDNECK ZOMBIES.

    on the DVD, Loyd Kaufman explains how it was shot with VHS.
    So the film wasn’t even ‘Filmed’…it was taped!

    Lmao, so awesome.

    its super campy, has some great lines and the acting is so over the top its hilarious, check it out as well.

  • Scary German Guy

    October 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    oh I forgot to mention, there’s also a character called ‘the tobacco man’ who reminds me of James’ Bullshit man character! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I think there was also a shitty NES game based off Toxic Avenger… I love Troma and their over the top gore lol.

  • thatonenight

    October 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I love Toxie. I read all the comics as a kid – yes, there were comics. He’s a good hearted brutal bastard.

  • thatonenight

    October 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    And this movie is fucking excellent. If you haven’t seen it, imma stick my fist in your spleen.

  • Squall85

    October 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    What does he say? “Where do you mummy?” What the hell does that mean!?…

  • oraichu

    October 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I love these movies. So damn awesome and hilarious bad… in a good way.

    And Squall85: it was a popular saying, made popular in the 80s “Word to your Mother”, meaning a tribute/honor to Africa, as their motherland among African Americans, until later when Vanilla Ice started saying it. Joke on words, since this is 80s cinemassacre. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • bogansauce

    October 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    My best friend in elementary school had all the Toxic Avenger films, the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the Halloween flicks, and countless other horror classics. He convinced me to watch Toxic Avenger when I stayed over, but the worst R-rated film I had seen was Witness with Harrison Ford. Needless to say I was pretty badly traumatized while he ate pizza and laughed at all the decapitations.

    Years later I realized that he had way better taste as a kid than I’ll ever have.

  • hu1kamania

    October 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    A classic! I remember watching what was probably the heavily edited version of this movie on USA’s Up All Night, hosted by Gilbert Gottfried. I was just a kid. To this day, I can remember how much I enjoyed the movie.

  • AG_Awesome

    October 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Lovin it!!!! Keepin my fingers and toes crossed for Waxwork!!

  • October 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Here’s my one gripe, my one fucking complaint about this movie. The scene where those fucks kill that poor kid. I can sit through quite a lot of different horror movies, but there are a few things that I absolutely do not ever want to see. In no particular order (okay alphabetical order), these things are: babies, children, pets, and pregnant women being killed/tortured/raped/mutilated, etc. It’s just…not entertaining. Not at all. I remember seeing this movie called Anthropophagus at a halloween party some years back. (I guess it’s technically an 80s movie James, made in 1980) There was a scene with a pregnant woman getting killed by the slasher, and then the fucking slasher CUTS OUT HER FUCKING FETUS AND FUCKING EATS THE GODDAMNED THING. It was pretty fucking disgusting, and since it was 1980, they didn’t have fucking cgi to make a dead baby, they probably used a real dead baby ๐Ÿ™

  • RobSlowick

    October 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Can you review The Howling, James?

  • robertjlong

    October 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

    james do that movie house 1 and house 2

  • robertjlong

    October 13, 2012 at 12:12 am

    do a 1981 bloody birthday

  • robertjlong

    October 13, 2012 at 12:13 am

    hey james do a 1985 Phenomena aka creepers

  • robertjlong

    October 13, 2012 at 12:21 am

    HEY JAMES do a Combat Shock and a surf nazis must die that will be cool

  • Despair4Ever

    October 13, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Horror and 80’s are synonymous, best year ever!

  • October 13, 2012 at 5:58 am

    “Hobo With A Shotgun” with Rutger Hauer was an awesome movie! If you liked Toxic Avenger

  • smoke_th

    October 14, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Also don’t forget there were NES game ‘Toxic Crusaders’ based on the cartoon show. And it was hard as balls.
    Well, unless you had pre-hacked cartridge with invurnability code.
    How about you’ll do a quick look on it?

  • Dogzilla55

    October 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    the version i saw in the beginning toxy and the directer are smoking crack

  • VariXx

    October 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hey I didn’t know that show was based on a movie! Thanks for the insight James!

  • urrutiap

    October 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    sorry but I hate the Toxic Avenger movies. The only movies I can tolerate are the Class of Nuke Em High and Slither.

    The Toxic Avenger movies they’re just way too violent and gory for me to stomach. Especially Toxic Avenger 1 and 2. The gore and the special effets are just ewww. Too much for me to handle

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This movie has quite a cult following and I’ve heard about it for years, though I’ve never checked it out. I may have to sometime, if I get the chance. Thanks for giving me more info in this review.

    Oh, and Toxie kinda’ reminds me of the big, deformed guy from The Goonies.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Oh, that head crushing effect. I would have had no idea it was just a wig and a watermelon. I guess it’s our imagination that really makes that effect work and seem so grisly.

  • davistator63

    October 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Maybe Toxy is an anti-hero. Considered a hero, but still kills people. N I just noticed that G1 Optimus Prime in the bottom left hand corner in the outro

  • urrutiap

    October 16, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I remember watching one of the Toxic Avenger movies on USA Network back in the good old days when USA Network had Up All Night.

    The one where Toxie was in Japan. of course it was edited and stuff. But still the ultra gore and violence just wasn’t for me. Sure I can tolerate Class of Nuke Em High 1 but I just cant stand any of the Toxic Avenger movies

  • Maggie1983

    October 17, 2012 at 4:18 am

    @Don Skiver – It was raw rabbit meat, actually. The guy actually bites into it. They’d never consent to using a real dead baby.

  • Aaron1375

    October 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Its funny how they made this film which is so over the top crazy, but Troma also made Beyond Evil and Zombie Island Massacre which were downright boring!

  • one_critic

    October 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    We used to watch this all the time as kids so messed up completely weird stuff, the dude has a mop and bucket and was a nerd, the team that made this made a whole heap of films some were dreadful this was one of the best, but i can imagine James’ liking it! oh yes

  • Sjeeke

    October 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    We’d been waiting for your review on this one for years…. FINALLY it came ’round!!! A little brief, but hey…
    Remember the Toxic Avenger actionfigures? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Drakin

    October 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I’m surprised no body has mentioned the episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures where Plucky battled against pollution as The Toxic Revenger. ^_^;;

  • January 2, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I always wanted to see a comic book crossover, where Toxie teams up with Bluntman & Chronic (A.K.A. Jay & Silent Bob.)
    I Talked to Kevin Smith during his 40th Birthday show

  • January 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I love this movie but not the sequels

  • January 29, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Wow it’s almost as gory as those crazy horror jap movies with the girls and the blades and the nights of no sleep!

  • February 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    The Restaurant they end up fighting in is identical to how the Supper Burrito here in town looked through pretty much all the 80’s and 90’s they’ve done a bit of repainting since but it still looks like the exact same place as that only with different colors and menu boards.
    If you look carefully behind the bushes, in this photo from across the street, you can see the arches in all the shots in the video. Its even the same amount of them and I wish I could find out if any of the movie was shot in Reno, NV. The Bushes were planted in the late 80’s.

  • caitseith

    May 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I came to re-watch this after watching the AVGN: Toxic crusaders episode. Did James know he would have Lloyd Kaufmann as guest in the game review at this time?

  • lockshockbarrel84

    May 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I can’t believe what i just read:

  • joe stone

    May 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

    i was eating a sandwhich while watching this, i had to turn it off, finish the sandwhich then turn it back on.

  • CharlieBrownGhostAss

    May 31, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    The director’s cut of Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” is another movie that’s too shocking to show on cable TV.

  • Richard Cook

    June 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I recently got this movie in the UK but our version sucks cause they cut out ALL the gore ๐Ÿ™

  • Breeze Dorling

    November 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    great movie and great AVGN episode. when I need a laugh I watch that episode

  • metal0737

    January 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I love this movie

  • February 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I had to logged into to view the movies so they could check my age before I could view the 3 movies for the 1st time. I loved the movies and everything was their mostly because the IPTV and IP Radio doesn’t have follow the FCC rules.

  • E V

    June 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Fun fact…. I will be making a family friendly PG version with all strong language and nudity removed or replaced, but for those with strong stomachs, I left all of the violence from the directors cut uncensored! It will not take away the charm of the movie…. I will contact Troma Studios personally and tell them of this…. It will look like the long since lost TV version! It keeps the head crushing scene! It’s still just as funny! Meet me at Cinemassacre’s google plus account for more info!

  • DBZMagus

    September 5, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Thank you James, great video and very informative.

  • Sean Smith

    September 30, 2014 at 7:36 am

    i like Cannibal! The Musical

  • JT

    October 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    This movie looks like crap. Glad I passed on it.

  • May 5, 2016 at 1:11 am

    This movie looks nuts, cant believe they made a cartoon out of it lool

  • Jacob Boeve

    June 3, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I really didn’t like The Toxic Avenger…

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