The Toxic Avenger

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The Toxic Avenger (1984, USA) is a Super Hero-Comedy film directed by Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman


Main Details

  • Released in 1984 (NY) | 1986 (USA)
  • Color
  • Running Time: 87 min | 82 min (unrated) | 87 min | 78 min (R-rated)
  • Production Co: Troma Entertainment
  • Distribution Co: Troma Entertainment (1985) (USA) (theatrical) | Cinépix Film Properties (CFP) (1986) (Canada) (theatrical) | Eden (2013) (Japan) (theatrical) (restored version) | Filmmuseum Distributie (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical) | Shochiku-Fuji Company (1987) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman (as Samuel Weil)
  • Written by Lloyd Kaufman, Joe Ritter, Gay Partington Terry, Stuart Strutin
  • Starring Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard
  • Produced by Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, Stuart Strutin
  • Cinematography by Lloyd Kaufman, James A. Lebovitz (as James London)
  • Film Editing by Richard W. Haines

Plot Summary

  • Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose

Also Known As

  • Brazil - O Vingador Tóxico
  • Spain - El vengador tóxico
  • France - Toxic
  • Hungary - A Toxikus Bosszúálló
  • Poland - Toksyczny msciciel
  • Serbia - Toksični osvetnik
  • USA (working title) - Health Club
  • USA (working title) - Health Club Hero
  • USA (working title) - Health Club Horror
  • Germany - Atomic Hero


  • Not all monsters are scary to people. Not if it's one fighting crime in the Garden State.
  • Criminals, beware of the Toxic Avenger. He will kick your butt HARD!!
  • He'll go from cleaning nerd to cleaning crime-fighter.
  • "Melvin was a 90lb. weakling until nuclear waste transformed him into..." [The Toxic Avenger]
  • The first Super-Hero... from New Jersey!
  • He was 98 lbs. of solid nerd until he became...
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