My Little Melvin

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This picture is the jewel in the crown of the Troma empire…which got them worldwide notice and set the template for all their future films with its tasteless, shamelessly un-p.c. humor, cartoonish characters and over-the-top slapsticky splatter. And like alot of the more out-there exploitation flicks, it’s a genre mashup, blending revenge movie sleaze and superhero altruism…

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Melvin Furd (whose name was lifted from a classic Mad magazine ad parody,by the way) is a 98lb geekling janitor at a health club who’s constantly hassled by four vapid, narcissistic, sadistic health nuts: Bozo (Gary Schneider) Slug (Robert Prichard) Wanda (Jennifer Babtist) and Julie (Cindy Manion) who also like to play their own game of Death Race 2000 when they go out cruising…

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“How much is a kid on a bi-cy-cle?!”

They pull a prank on Melvin which goes awry…He ends up dunked in a vat of toxic waste, which transforms him into “a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength”…the Toxic Avenger. Melvin takes his revenge (very nasty, creative, messy revenge), then takes on street criminals and the sleazebag mayor (R.L. Ryan). Toxie returned in several (increasingly silly) sequels..a comic book…even a cartoon series aimed at environmentally conscious kids. Eat yr heart out, Charles Atlas…

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