Director – Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Cast – Ron Razio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere, Rick Collins, Rikiya Yasuoka, Mayako Katsuragi, Lisa Gaye, Jessica Dublin
Release Year – 1989
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Five years after the epic following and “success” of The Toxic Avenger, Troma Entertainment finally cranked out it’s sequel and gave their fans the Toxic Avenger carnage they had been waiting for. Although this film is not as epic as it’s predecessor, it is still a positive sequel and manages to provide the same Troma laughs and obscurity we Troma fans desire so much.
All is well in Tromaville thanks to the Toxic Avenger taking care of all the criminals in the city. That is until the evil toxic waste company Apocalypse Inc. decides they need the city of Tromaville to do their dirty work. Only one “thing” stands in their way to debauchery…the Toxic Avenger! The evil executives at Apocalypse Inc. come up with a plan to get Melvin(Toxic Avenger) to leave to Tokyo in search of his long lost father and kill him with a toxin he cannot defeat. Now with Melvin gone and no one to save the day, Apocalypse Inc. manage to bring Tromaville back to the sh*t town it used to be. The Toxic Avenger must now fight off the trap he walked into in Tokyo, and then come back to Tromaville and rid the town of evil once and for all.
This film managed to be pretty enjoyable for a sequel, but failed to entice the viewer like it’s predecessor did. We do get a fair amount of gory(and fun) kills and of course no film would be a Troma film without their unique sense of humor that had me laughing out loud on several occasions(the swordfish chainsaw kill was ridiculously funny!). The Toxic Avenger II definitely upped the level of silly humor and I guess you can say went for a more “comedic” approach in comparison to the first film. Is this “comedic” approach bad? No, not at all. I simply just wished that we would have been given a few more serious elements in the film for the viewer to relate to, especially in the area of “conflict”.
Speaking of “conflict”…that is my main gripe about this film. I feel that too much of the film focused on his search for his “father” and drifted away from the real conflict in this film, Apocalypse Inc. Had there been some sort of conflict during his search for his father then I wouldn’t knock this film but it seemed his search for his father was a bit too comedic and took up way too much screen time. The ending sequence of the film was somewhat enjoyable(I was expecting more gore) but came off to me as anti-climactic. I kept thinking to myself “after an hour and 43 minutes THAT’S ALL I GET FOR A CLIMAX???”.
Aside from the “conflict” debacle this film only suffers from of course some more over-acting and crappy overdubbing that is synonymous with the infamous Troma Entertainment. I personally loved the cheesiness in this film. From the cheesy humor to the awesomely cheesy kills such as the “wheelchair kill”(my favorite) and another ‘bashing heads” kill that I simply found hilarious.
Overall, this is a positive sequel to the film’s epic predecessor and although it suffers in some levels it still manages to be a fun watch for any fan of these types of films.