The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie – 4

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Director – Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman

Cast – Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere, Rick Rollins, Lisa Gaye, Jessica Dublin, Tsutomu Sekine

Release Year – 1989

Reviewed by John of the Dead

This third installment of the Toxic Avenger series was released a mere seven months after The Toxic Avenger II due to the fact that both of these films are pretty much the same film. The original cut of The Toxic Avenger II was over four hours long, which led Troma to split the film into two separate films. While I found The Toxic Avenger II to be a successful sequel to it’s infamous predecessor, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie was not.

This film has somewhat the same plot as The Toxic Avenger II. Toxie(the Toxic Avenger) has rid the town of Tromaville of all crime and is finding himself bored and useless. The evil corporation from The Toxic Avenger II, Apocalypse Inc. is looking to grab power once again in Tromaville and once again tricks Toxie into doing something stupid. This time the tricked Toxie into…working for them! His feeling of usefulness brings back his joy and blinds him when it comes to seeing the horrible things that Apocalypse Inc. are doing to the citizens of Tromaville. Toxie soon realizes his mistake, but it may be much too late for him to save this day this time because the chairman for Apocalypse Inc. is not exactly who Toxie thinks he is…and is someone much worse.

I really had high hopes for this film, and wished so badly that an independent production company like Troma Entertainment would be able to complete an awesome and successful trilogy. So did they succeed at that? No, this film bombed big time. The opening sequence to this film was a bit cheesy and overdone, but right after that we get into some sweet Toxic Avenger action that had me thinking this film would be a great sequel. Unfortunately we are given nothing but dragging scenes that I can say had the right idea, but just were not executed properly. This flick gives us a lot more character development for Toxie, which I liked. However his character development dragged a bit and the conflict was not as engulfing as it could have been. For one…this film is just short of an hour and 45 minutes, that is WAY too long for a film like this. The Toxic Avenger II suffered from this very same mistake and that also lead to it not being as great as the first film.

The third movement picked up a bit, with Toxie realizing that Apocalypse Inc. duped him and him setting out to get his revenge. Much of this movement was a bit too silly as well, and didn’t have that same silly-yet-respectable feel that other Troma films successfully display. We get some good gore in this ending sequence and get one of the best “melting body” scenes I’ve ever seen. We see some horrible things happen to Toxie and although they came off quite silly, it was the most conflict I’d seen him endure since the first film. Had this film been toned up a bit as far as pacing and a little more Toxie action thrown in then I think this film could have been a positive addition to the series. Unfortunately these Troma filmmakers decided to get even sillier and made the suicidal decision of pretty much having THE EXACT SAME PLOT as it’s predecessor. Oh, and just because it is “sillier” does not mean it is funnier. I did laugh at a few scenes but for the most part this film really didn’t make me laugh much. :tear:

Overall, I’m sad to inform you that this film is a bomb and could have been much much better. Only hardcore fans of Toxie should see this film, all others will likely not make it through the first hour of the film.

Rating: 4/10

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