The Toxic Avenger (1984)


The movie The Toxic Avenger (1984) centers on a bullied janitor who falls into a vat of toxic waste that transforms him into a violently deformed but righteous superhero.

In the crime-ridden town of Tromaville, geeky janitor Melvin is constantly tormented by a group of thuggish locals. When a cruel prank goes too far, Melvin falls out of a window and into a barrel of radioactive toxic waste below.

The movie The Toxic Avenger (1984) shows the chemicals mutating Melvin into a grotesquely disfigured but super strong creature. Dubbed The Toxic Avenger, he decides to use his new abilities to violently fight crime in Tromaville.

The Toxic Avenger becomes a violent folk hero in town, gruesomely killing various criminals and corrupt officials. He falls in love with a beautiful blind woman who loves him for his kind personality. In the end, The Toxic Avenger defeats the leader of the gang who had bullied him.


  • Mark Torgl as Melvin Ferd III
  • Andree Maranda as Julie
  • Mitch Cohen as Mayor Peter Belgoody
  • Jennifer Babtist as Claire
  • Cindy Manion as Cathy


It was the first superhero movie released by Troma Entertainment.

The budget was only around $500,000.

Much of the crew also worked on The Lost Boys and Reservoir Dogs.


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Last updated byAnonymous on November 1, 2023