The Toxic Avenger

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The Toxic Avenger is an American cult classic comedy horror film first released in 1984 by Troma Entertainment, known for producing low budget B-movies with campy concepts. Virtually ignored upon its first release, The Toxic Avenger caught on with moviegoers after a long and successful midnight movie engagement at the famed Bleecker Street Cinemas in New York City in late 1985.

The film has generated three film sequels, a stage production, and a children's TV cartoon.[2] Two less successful sequels: The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie were filmed as one movie. Director Lloyd Kaufman realized that he had shot far too much footage for one movie, and reedited it into two. A third independent sequel was also released, entitled Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and a fourth sequel, The Toxic Avenger 5: The Toxic Twins, has been announced. An animated children's TV series spin-off, Toxic Crusaders, featured Toxie as the leader of a team of mutated superheroes who fought against evil alien polluters. The cartoon series was short-lived and it was quickly cancelled. New Line Cinema had planned a live action movie based on the cartoon, but the deal fell through.

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Melvin Ferd was a stereotypical 98-pound weakling. He works as a janitor at a health club in the fictional town of Tromaville, New Jersey. There, he is tormented by his customers, particularly Bozo, Slug, Wanda, and Julie, who harass and tease him constantly. The Mayor of Tromaville is known as Mayor Belgoody (Pat Ryan Jr.) who, unknown to the citizens of the town, is also the leader of a massive crime ring in Tromaville, but hides this fact by promoting good will and proposed justice to the town as a cover-up.

As days go by Melvin's tormentors grow more and more violent, even killing a young boy on a bike by running him over with their car and taking photos of the carnage afterwards. Finally, one day they trick Melvin into wearing a pink tutu and kissing a sheep. He is chased around the health club by other customers and out a second story window. He lands in a drum of toxic waste, which immediately causes severe burns and disfigurement.

Despite the burning chemicals even causing him to burst into flames, Melvin survives, and stumbles home. Drawing a bath to try and scrub some of the chemical residue from his horribly scarred flesh, Melvin begins his transformation into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength.

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