Director – Lloyd Kaufman
Cast – David Mattey, Clyde Lewis, Heidi Sjursen, Paul Kyrmse, Joe Fleishaker, Michael Budinger, Lisa Terezakis, Dan Snow, Debbie Rochon, Barry Brisco, Ron Jeremy, Cory Feldman
Release Year – 2002
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Eleven years after the positive “The Toxic Avenger II and the pretty bad “The Toxic Avenger III director Lloyd Kaufman came back to Toxie without his partner in crime Michael Herz and gave us another positive sequel with more blood and guts than nearly all of the first three Toxie films combined.
This time, it has been 10 years of peace in Tromaville, until one day the Diaper Mafia take over a school for the “special” and blow it up. The toxic waste in the atmosphere mixed with the explosion send Toxie into an alternate dimension, which is a mirror image of Tromaville called Amortville(yes, Amort = Troma backwards). During this process Toxie’s evil doppelganger from Amortville, Noxie, is sent to Tromaville and begins killing innocent civilians. With Noxie in Tromaville being perceived as Toxie, and Toxie in Amortville being perceived as Noxie, Toxie must find a way to get back to Tromaville and save the town as well as his pregnant wife.
I have to say that this installment of the Toxic Avenger series is by far the most outlandish of them all. The plot in this film is the most complex of the series, and incorporates a lot more conflict, which I liked. The conflict Toxie faces in Amortville with everyone thinking he is a bad guy only gets worse due to the fact that his wife is so close to giving birth, and is in the hands of his evil doppelganger Noxie. When Toxie finally gets back to his proper dimension after saving his new friends in Amortville, we are given the ultimate showdown as he fights off the only other person just as powerful and big as he is, his doppelganger. The fight scene was pretty sweet and quite honestly had the most unusual kill I’ve ever seen in any of the Toxic Avenger films. Hint: Noxie’s penis looks a little like Freddy Krueger.
We get some very unusual characters in this film as well. Toxie’s sidekick Lardo(an obese dude), as well as his team of Tromaville superheroes Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD(martial arts asian-ish guy), Mad Cow Boy(a freakin cow in overalls), Dolphin Man(a dolphin…man), Mastor Bator(you guessed it, he whacks off a lot) and The Vibrator(a girl with a vibrator). Oh but the character fun doesn’t stop there! Along Toxie’s journey to the other dimension he meets Sweety Honey(a nice young girl), Tito the Retarded Rebel(a retard who survived the school blast and does lots of heroin), and Chester the Cocksucking Scientist(a fat scientist who lost his job and gives blowjobs for 50 cents, or settles for pastries). Talk about “colorful” characters eh? Plus we get porn star Ron Jeremy as Tromaville’s overly religious major and famous child actor/horror actor Cory Feldman(Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Lost Boys) as Kinky Finkelstein, Sarah’s horny gynecologist. This outlandish group of characters can get silly at times but helps move the film and keeps things fresh for a series on it’s fourth installment.
As I mentioned earlier, the gore in this film is pretty crazy and definitely outdoes it’s three predecessors in that category. We get lots of dismembered bodies, guts being ripped out, killer penises, and an epic “hospital” battle between Toxie and Noxie’s group of armed thugs. This “hospital” battle has to be the greatest Toxie action in all of the series, and the thirty gallons of blood used in the scene prove that.
Unfortunately, this fourth installment of the series suffers in the same fashion that it’s two predecessors did…it’s way too long. Clocking in at 1 hour and 48 minutes, this film dragged a bit at times and should have been toned up about 10 or 15 minutes at least. Film’s with this mindset are not built to carry on for much longer than 80 or 90 minutes, it just doesn’t happen like that with such silly plots and quirky scenes. It is very easy to lose the viewer’s interest and I believe that has happened with these last three installments thanks to their long runtimes. The original Toxic Avenger was originally clocking in at 110 minutes, but was trimmed to an unrated version of only 82 minutes, pacing perfectly and never letting the viewer off the hook.
Overall, this film winds up being a positive installment to the series and makes up for it’s horrible predecessor, The Toxic Avenger Part III. This film’s use of conflict, original characters, and awesomely gory Toxie action are what make this film a good watch for Toxie’s fans.