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Trash Cinema Review: The Toxic Avenger Part 3

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The story of the first superhero from New Jersey has come to its third installment. Once again Melvin Junko, Tromaville’s favorite hideously deformed monster hero of superhuman size and strength finds himself in a town with no crime. He’s too good at his job and the bad guys have skipped town leaving him with nothing to do. This time around, he takes up doing odd jobs around Tromaville, trying to help the good citizens in their daily menial tasks. Both his blind girlfriend, Claire, and his mother try to cheer him up, but it doesn’t do any good. Melvin is down in the dumps and it seems like nothing will get him out of it. Not even his love singing him a song can make him feel better.

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Troma Entertainment Inc.

Then one day, the evil Apocalypse Incorporated returns to infect Tromaville once more with its nefarious schemes. You’re never too sure about just what kind of a company Apocalypse Incorporated is. How do they make enough money to support a castle lair full of villains? What products or services, if any, do they offer? Is it possible to profit off of the act of pollution? It seems to me as if they are getting paid by gigantic shadow organizations to physically introduce dangerous and deadly chemicals into the environment. Doesn’t make any real world sense, but this is a Troma movie. Bulldozing towns in order to build plants that make poisonous and destructive chemicals which serve no purpose but to be spilled into the ground for no other reason than “HA! HA! Screw you, nature!” is somehow a path to financial success.

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Troma Entertainment Inc.

Apocalypse Inc. starts its shenanigans by sending in a few thugs to shoot up a local video store. (Remember those?) Toxie doesn’t take long to dispatch of baddies as he demonstrates the physical danger inherent in 1980s technology. After that, Apocalypse comes around enticing Toxie to join them by promising him enough money to pay for surgery to restore Claire’s sight. He is taken over by the excitement of his love being able to see again and doesn’t notice how his new employer is about to destroy the town to build a brand new chemical plant. But once he does, the fight is on and he fights every bad guy in the company all the way to the Chairman who turns into the final boss of this movie, The Devil.

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If you watch Part 3 right after Part 2, you’re going to have a few questions about Part 3. Most of which will be along the lines of “Why does Toxie seem to have forgotten some pretty important shit?” He should have some sort of memory of fighting Apocalypse Inc. not too long ago, but it’s as if he has never heard of them before. It’s like this with a few plot points. Although there is a very good answer for this, it doesn’t help with the canonicity of the two movies. When Troma went to make Part 2, they shot so much footage, the original print was almost four hours long. They kept all the footage shot in Japan in Part 2, kept the Devil scenes for Part 3, and divvied up the rest accordingly and did their best to have it all make sense, but this does make for some gigantic plot holes. This also makes for the cast of this film being more or less the same as Part 2 minus the Japanese crew.

You should know by now what to expect out of a Toxic Avenger movie, but if, for some reason, you don’ t, it is filled with some jokes that are hit-or-miss and some jokes that are really funny. When it comes to the fight scenes, blood and guts start flying all over the place along with innocent bystanders screaming googly-eyed and mouths agape. And I would be lying if I told you there is never any sex and/or nudity.

The final product of Toxic Avenger 3 is the weakest of the series thanks to the massive plot holes, but still a fun romp. Check it out embedded below free and legal, as always thanks to TromaMovies on YouTube.

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