REVIEW: TACTICAL FORCE

CAST

Steve Austin (Recoil)
Michael Jai White (Spawn)
Candace Elaine (Kids vs Monsters)
Lexa Doig (Arrow)
Steve Bacic (Andromeda)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG.1)
Darren Shahlavi (Red Riding Hood)
Adrian Holmes (Hunt To Kill)
Peter Kent (Total Recall)
Peter Bryant (Dark Angel)
Jerry Wasserman (Watchmen)

91YkGHks5VL__SL1500_Captain Frank Tate leads a four-member SWAT team consisting of Tony Hunt, Jannard and Blanco. They manage to stop a shop robbery and save the hostages, but inflicting great property damage. Their superior gets angry and orders them to go through training, which they do not take seriously. Ilya Kalashnikova and Demetrius, two Russian mafia members, bring a captive named Kenny to a warehouse outside the city. They demand Kenny to recover the “item” he has hidden there. Lampone and Storato, members of the Italian mafia, arrive and start searching. The two parties intercept each other. Tate’s team arrives and starts training with unreal bullets without knowing about the current events at the warehouse. The two parties hide from the SWAT team; but the tension rises. The SWAT team hears it and Blanco goes to check it, being fatally shot. Tate and his team hears it. The Russians and the Italians realize that the SWAT team does not have real bullets.5051892123525_lThey form a fragile temporary alliance to kill the rest of SWAT. A shootout starts and the SWAT team escapes to the upper level, locking the door behind. It is revealed that Demetrius stole the item from Lampone before Kenny stole it from the former. Kenny reveals that the item is hidden in a sector that is behind the locked door. Demetrius calls for backup. SWAT team realize that they need to return to their truck to obtain the necessary tools including real ammunition and the radio to call for reinforcement. Kalashnikova and Storato bring the truck inside the warehouse. Members of the Russian mafia, headed by a man named Vladimir, arrive. Vladimir decides to attack the upper floor from outside windows. Lampone secretly tells Storato that he has called his own operatives in order to secure the item for themselves. Vladimir’men enter the floor and start searching for the SWAT team. 5055201822918_lTate manages to reach the truck secretly and finds the radio damaged. He frees Kenny while Hunt fights off Vladimir’s men. Tate and Kenny return to the stairs by the door and lock it again. Jannard engages in a duel with Vladimir, who overpowers her before Tate arrives and kills him. Members of the Italian mafia, headed by a man nemed Tagliaferro, arrive, making Demetrius and Kalashnikova nervous of the outcome. Kenny gives the case containing the item to Tate, who gets surprised to know what it is. Tagliaferro finds a way from the rooftop and opens the door to the others. Kenny shows the SWAT team a hidden tunnel leading outside the location. The SWAT team and Kenny enter the tunnel, which is found by Tagliaferro. Hunt hears a sound from behind and Tate returns to check it while the others continue. Lampone orders his men to return Kenny alive. Tate is knocked unconscious while Storato and his men capture the others and bring them to a nearby warehouse. 91YkGHks5VL__SL1500_Demetrius tries to have Tate killed; but the latter reveals that the item is hidden; and they need him to find it. Lampone finds the case empty. He shoots Kenny, apparently killing him. Hunt agrees to go and return the item if Lampone does not kill Jannard. Storato goes with him. Tagliaferro arrives with his men at the other warehouse and demands Demetrius, Kalashnikova and Tate to surrender in order to be killed without pain. The trio enters the truck and escapes, evading the Italians. In the tunnel, Hunt gets in a duel with Storato and kills him. He returns and captures Lampone. The trucks arrive at the other warehouse and a shootout starts. The Italians are overpowered; but they get the upper hand at last and capture the SWAT team and the Russians. Using a flashbang, the SWAT team manages to free itself. Tate kills Tagliaferro while Demetrius, Kalashnikova and Lampone are arrested. The SWAT team’s superior admires them. Kenny, revealed to be alive and an undercover FBI agent, arrives and informs them that he was on a mission which was ruined by the team. He also implies that Lampone is another undercover agent. The team is ordered not to talk to anyone about FBI’s mission.Tactical-Force-DIThe acting is pretty good for what its worth. Steve Austin once again gives his wooden acting a nice little push upwards adding a little humor in the dialog. But the most enjoyable dialog in this film is probably the back and forth insults between the Italian mobster and the Russian gangster. It’s a well made B- action movie that would suffice for anyone who has nothing to do on a Saturday night.

 

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REVIEW: RINGMASTER

CAST

Jerry Springer (Austin Powers 2)
Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl)
William McNamara (Stag)
Molly Hagan (Election)
John Capodice (Speed)
Wendy Raquel Robinson (Descendants)
Tangie Ambrose (Jackie Brown)
Nicki Micheaux (Lincoln Heights)
Michael Jai White (Arrow)
Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja)

71LejU9lVCL__SL1200_There are three ongoing plots in the film. The primary one surrounds a white trash, trailer park family in which the daughter is sleeping with her mother’s husband, prompting the mother to constantly try to outdo her promiscuous daughter’s behavior out of spite, including sleeping with her daughter’s boyfriend.  The secondary plot revolves around an urban black woman whose boyfriend is sleeping with her two best friends, but the three are united against the boyfriend when he begins sleeping with the daughter of the above-mentioned family. The third plot revolves around Jerry and the show itself, detailing the difficulty Jerry faces in trying to come to terms with his rather dubious claim to fame, and the staff’s utter amazement at the bizarre stories they must deal with. A minor sub-plot involves a producer on the show who mistakenly picks up one of the guests, a self-proclaimed “man-by-day-woman-by-night.”MSDRING EC009Granted it may be lacking in educational content as some people like those sort of movies, but I think it’s great, very funny and excellently written!

 

REVIEW: SPAWN

CAST

Michael Jai white (The Dark Knight)
John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2)
Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Theresa Randle (Bad Boys)
Nicol Williamson (The Exorcist III)
D. B. Sweeney (After Sex)
Melinda Clarke (The Vampire Diaries)
Miko Hughes (Roswell)
Michael Papajohn (Spider-Man)
Frank Welker (The Simpsons)

Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is a Force Reconniassance Marine Colonel and Black Ops operative. Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen), the head of the covert government agency for which Simmons works, assigns him to infiltrate a biochemical weapons plant in North Korea. Unknown to Simmons, Wynn has ordered his top assassin Jessica Priest (Melinda Clarke) to murder him while he is on the mission. After Simmons dies, he is set on fire by Wynn and the flames cause the plant to explode. Simmons arrives in Hell, where one of the rulers of Hell – Malebolgia (Frank Welker) – offers him a Faustian deal: if Simmons becomes his eternal servant and leader of his army in Armageddon, he will be able to return to Earth to see his fiancée, Wanda Blake. Simmons accepts the offer and returns to Earth.Upon his return, Simmons learns that five years have passed since his death. Wanda is now married to his best friend Terry Fitzgerald (D.B. Sweeney), who is living as the father to Al’s daughter Cyan. Soon Simmons encounters a clown-like demon named Violator (John Leguizamo), sent by Malebolgia, who acts as Simmons’s guide down the path to evil. He also meets a mysterious old man named Cogliostro (Nicol Williamson), a fellow Hellspawn, who has successfully freed his soul and now fights for Heaven. Simmons learns that Wynn, who is now a weapons dealer, has developed a biological weapon called Heat 16. During a reception, Spawn attacks Wynn, kills Jessica, and escapes with the help of his necroplasm armor.

FIm0Kzkj1P7aov_1_aFollowing the attack by Simmons, Violator convinces Wynn to have a device attached to his heart that will release Heat 16 worldwide if his vital signs flatline as a deterrent against assassination attempts. However, Malebolgia wants Simmons to kill Wynn and initiate the apocalypse. Spawn confronts Violator, who turns into his demonic form and beats Al down. Cogliostro rescues Al and teaches him how to use his necroplasm armor. Simmons learns that Violator and Wynn are going to kill Terry, Cyan, and Wanda.1305472950_1Terry sends an email incriminating Wynn to a fellow newsman. Just as the email is sent, Cyan and Wynn enter the room. Wynn destroys Terry’s computer and takes the family hostage. Spawn arrives and nearly kills Wynn, but Al extracts the device from Wynn’s body instead and destroys it. With his plan foiled, Violator sends Spawn and Cogliostro to Hell, where they both battle the demon before subduing him. Spawn is then confronted by Malebolgia, who tells Spawn that he will never lead Hell’s army. Spawn escapes with Cogliostro just before they are overwhelmed by Malebolgia’s forces. Violator, having recovered, follows them. A final battle ensues, ending with Spawn decapitating the demon with his chains. Violator’s head taunts the group and threatens his return before melting and returning to Hell. Wynn is arrested, and Spawn, realizing there is no place for him in Wanda’s world anymore, dedicates himself to justice rather than succumbing to his lust for vengeance.3696d4affd4b2e847380b40b0444a5deThe film teeters between being something that’s “so bad, it’s good” and being just a good film with some unfortunate flaws, but in either case, it’s still very enjoyable to watch. You just need to approach it not expecting a realist dramatic masterpiece, but rather with a love for the absurd.

REVIEW: ARROW – SUICIDE SQUAD

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MAIN CAST

Stephen Amell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2)
Katie Cassidy (Black Xmas)
David Ramsey (Dexter)
Willa Holland (Legion)
Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn)
Susanna Thompson (Star Trek: Voyager)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Michael Jai White (Unviersal Soldier 2)
Ben Browder (Stargate SG.1)
Caity Lotz (The Machine)
Celina Jade (Skin Trade)
Audrey Marie Anderson (The Unit)
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (The Accountant)
Sean Maher (Firefly)
Eugene Lipinski (Highlander: The Series)
Michael Rowe (Tomorrowland)
Tara Strong (Batman: TAS)
Cassidy Darling (Perfect High)

suicide_squadIn the middle of the night, Oliver Queen wakes up from a nightmare. He turns around to Sara Lance, who is sleeping next to him. As he touches her, he realizes there’s blood on his hand. In shock Oliver sees Shado lying in bed next to him. Oliver wakes up having had a nightmare within a nightmare. Without waking Sara he gets up to see Alexi Leonov and asks him to gather information on Slade Wilson. Alexi asked a favor in return but this time Oliver does not comply taking out and injuring his men in order to persuade Leonov at gunpoint to do this favor. Alexi obliges but informs Oliver he is no longer associated with the Solntsevskaya Bratva. In order to stop Slade from getting his revenge he is willing to break with the Brotherhood.Suicide Squad
Meanwhile, John Diggle observes Felicity Smoak at her house, trying to protect her from a possible attack. Felicity points out that Wilson could easily kill her if he wanted to and not even Diggle could prevent him from doing so. Diggle then receives a message from an anonymous source, that asks him for an immediate meeting at Ostrander Hotel, room 1141. Diggle arrives at the hotel only to find out, that message was sent by Lyla Michaels, who waited for him in lingerie after returning from a mission. When they leave the hotel room, they are met by Amanda Waller. She has a mission for both Lyla and John. They shall retrieve a nerve agent from an arms dealer named Gholem Qadir – a man, John Diggle saved during his time in Afghanistan. After the briefing, Waller introduces Diggle to his “team”, which consists of Ben Turner, Floyd Lawton and Mark Scheffer. While John Diggle and Lyla Michaels were arguing outside of A.R.G.U.S. holding cells, an unseen woman offered to help them through their problems, claiming she was a trained therapist. Amanda hit her door to shut her up. Down in the Arrowcave, Felicity informs Oliver about a crime in progress and after some hesitation, Oliver agrees to don his hood and stops the two criminals. From a roof top Slade Wilson in his full-body armor watches the action. Oliver feels spotted and enters the roof top. There he spots an old Deathstroke mask with an arrow driven through an eyehole. Meanwhile, John Diggle and the Suicide Squad have arrived at the Fine Art Auction in Markovburg, Markovia. As planned, Diggle bumps into Qadir, where they quickly conversed before Deadshot provided a fake assassination attempt. Ben Turner poses as John Diggle’s bodyguard and fakes getting shot by Deadshot in order to help Diggle gain Gholem Qadir’s trust. However, when Deadshot tries to leave location, his getaway driver Shrapnel speeds off without him. Shrapnel attempts to escape only to be blown up by Waller who implanted an explosive chip in his head.

mv5bmtaxmtmynzg4mdneqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mdaynjewndex-_v1_In order to thank him for saving his life, Qadir invites Diggle to a Humanitarian Benefit he is holding. To bring Deadshot into the house as well, they copy Diggle’s fingerprints. That night, Diggle and Lyla arrive at the party, bypassing the finger scanner at the door by walking through with Qadir. Deadshot’s finger prints are checked. They match with John’s who is on the guest list. Thus Deadshot is granted access to the Benefit party, too. Lyla plants her purse in the house for Deadshot to pick up. Inside that purse are his eyepatch and one of his wrist guns. Armed he searches for the nerve agent. Thanks to the information of Alexi, Felicity was able to find Slade Wilson’s hideout. When Oliver enters the office he sees videos of Shado being projected onto the wall, and in the chair behind the desk he finds Alexi dead, with an arrow driven through his eye. Oliver realizes he cannot fight Slade without asking for help.
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In Markovia Deadshot finds the nerve agent. However the vessel is in no position to be transported unseen, due to its enormous size. Upon hearing this, Amanda tells him to stay put and orders Diggle, Lyla and Ben to gather at the rallying point as she calls in a drone strike. Diggle, in order to evacuate everybody, revealed the truth to everyone about him. Qadir suddenly recognized Lyla from Afghanistan and threatened to kill her. Bronze Tiger promptly stabbed him through the back, killing him. Diggle refuses to let Deadshot die and persuades him to leave the building for the sake of his daughter Zoey, whom he leaves money in a blind trust and tries to keep her life safe and easy by staying away from her.
Suicide SquadThey flee in a truck only to discover that the drone is locked onto the chip inside Deadshot. Lyla cuts the chip out allowing the missile to explode some distance from them. However, the Markovian government were annoyed at the drone detonation in a no-fly zone, and threatened retaliation against the American government. At A.R.G.U.S. headquarters, Amanda is visited by an “old friend” that turns out to be Oliver. She assumes that he’s still mad at her for an unknown past incident between them, though Oliver coldly assures her that she’s “been moved down the list.” When asked who he wants dead more than her, he reveals that Slade’s alive, which surprised Amanda, as she assumed that Oliver killed him. Instead she shows him some footage of a new player they’ve been tracking calling him “Deathstroke”.mv5bmtaxmtmynzg4mdneqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mdaynjewndex-_v1_

It was a great vehicle for Diggle, once again proving how underutilized Ollie’s right-hand-man is on this show. And hopefully it’s the start of a recurring role for the Suicide Squad on this and DC’s other live-action shows.

REVIEW: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE

CAST

Paige Turco (The Stepfather)
David Warner (Black Death)
Ernie Reyes Jr. (Red Sonja)
François Chau (Lost)
Kevin Nash (The Punisher)
Vanilla Ice (The New Guy)
Toshishiro Obata (Demolition Man)
Michael McConnohie (Naruto)
Frank Welker (The Simpsons)
Kevin Clash (Sesame Street)
Raymond Serra (Bolero)
Robbie Rist (The Brady Bunch)
Adam Carl (The Monster Squad)
Brian Tochi (Space Academy)
Laurie Faso (Summer Student)
Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight)

A young pizza delivery boy named Keno inadvertently encounters burglars on his route and tries to stop them. Seeing him as a witness, the burglars attack Keno, who proves to be an expert martial artist, but he is soon overwhelmed before the arrival of the Ninja Turtles. They vanish after rescuing Keno, tying up the burglars, and taking the pizza he was delivering, leaving money to pay for it.
Image result for teenage mutant ninja turtles 2 the secret of the oozeLeonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael, along with their master Splinter, are living with April O’Neil while they look for a new place to live following the events of their last adventure. Splinter wants to remain in the shadows, while Raphael thinks they should live out in the open. At a junkyard where the remnants of The Foot and Shredder’s second-in-command Tatsu are hiding out, they are met by their master, who has been disfigured by his previous defeat but did not die as they thought. April interviews Professor Jordan Perry of Techno Global Research Industries (TGRI) about a possible toxic waste leak. He assures her that everything is fine, but at the same time their scientists discover dandelions which have been mutated by the contaminant. Freddy, a spy for the Foot posing as April’s cameraman, discovers this and reports it to his master, who decides to have Perry interrogated. Back at April’s apartment, Splinter reveals to her and the turtles that TGRI was responsible for their mutation more than fifteen years prior, and they too decide to talk to him. The Foot gets to Perry first and kidnaps him, salvaging the last vial canister of ooze in the process. The turtles attempt to get the canister back, but ultimately fail. Afterward, Keno gets into April’s apartment under the guise of delivering pizza and discovers Splinter and the turtles.
Image result for teenage mutant ninja turtles 2 the secret of the oozeAt the Shredder’s hideout, Perry is forced into using the remaining ooze on a wolf and a snapping turtle, which mutate into Tokka and Rahzar. With the imminent threat to April’s safety by the Foot, the turtles start to actively look for a new home. After an argument with Leo, Raph breaks off from the group, while Mikey, who soon discovers an abandoned subway station, deems it a perfect hideout. Raph and Keno defy Splinter’s orders and implant Keno into the Foot Clan to find their hideout. However, they are caught and Raph is captured, while Keno escapes to warn the others. When they come, they are ambushed by Shredder and the Foot; Splinter saves the group, but leaves as they face Tokka and Rahzar, who prove too strong to defeat. Donny finds Perry and the five of them make a tactical retreat. Once back in their hideout, Perry explains that the creation of the ooze was an accident, disheartening Donatello, who saw a higher purpose for their existence.
Image result for teenage mutant ninja turtles 2 the secret of the oozeShredder unleashes Tokka and Rahzar into a nearby neighborhood to cause damages. The next day, Freddy sends a message to April that Tokka and Rahzar will be released into Central Park if the Turtles don’t meet the Foot Clan at the construction site. Perry develops an antidote to the mutations and when they confront the two, Leo and Mikey trick Tokka and Rahzar into eating it. They discover the trick and brutally attack, throwing Raph into a public dance club. A big fight ensues among hundreds of witnesses and eventually the turtles turn Tokka and Rahzar into their natural state, while Vanilla Ice improvises the “Ninja Rap”. Shredder attacks, threatening a citizen with a final vial of ooze, but Keno intervenes and the turtles overload an amplifier, causing Shredder to be blasted out onto the docks behind the club. They follow and discover that Shredder had drunk the last vial, becoming a “Super Shredder” who begins to destroy the support structure holding the dock up. Not caring about his own life, Shredder attempts to kill the turtles by collapsing the dock on top of them, but the group escapes the collapse and surface in time to witness Shredder’s last breath.
Image result for teenage mutant ninja turtles 2 the secret of the oozeIn a press release, April reads a note from Perry, thanking the turtles for saving him, and when they return home, they deny being seen by the humans, but Splinter holds up the evening’s newspaper on which they are plastered across the cover. He then orders the four of them to do flips as punishment, chanting the theme song they were dancing to at the club “Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!” exclaiming he made another funny as the scene freezes.Image result for teenage mutant ninja turtles 2 the secret of the oozeThe second movie was lighter in tone to the first, it may not be as good as the first, but i liked it, I liked the introduction of the new mutants, it is a shame that super shredder is only on screen for a short time as it would of been nice to see him more.

REVIEW: THE TOXIC AVENGER – PART III: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF TOXIE

CAST

Ron Fazio (Basket Case 2)
John Altamura (New York Nights)
Phoebe Legere (King of New York)
Rick Collins (SGT. Kabukiman NYPD)
Lisa Gaye (Terror Firmer)
Jessica Dublin (Troma’s War)
Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight)
Mitch Cohen (Clerks)

As many fans can tell you, THE TOXIC AVENGER PARTS II & III were originally supposed to be one movie, that wound up being cut in half due to TROMA having a little over four hours worth of footage. Naturally cutting one film into two, results in many flaws & continuity errors in both films. Despite it’s many flaws, Part III, arguably turned out to be the better sequel out of the two & thus far has the best plot line out of any of the TOXIC AVENGER films. The story is far more interesting than it was in Part II & adds a Faustian like plot line, which features a depressed, suicidal & a bored, down on his luck former superhero, with no crime left to clean up & trying to help fund his fiancée’s eye operation, that will restore her sight, but without any luck, until he is offered a job as the spokesman & assistant to a conglomerate corporation – Apocalypse Inc. this time Apocalypse is featured as a corporation literally from hell & a much eviler Chairman, that tells Toxie they want to re-build Troma into a thriving metropolis that will see everyone with a well paying job & much nicer city full of business & opportunities, but are really intending to brain wash Toxie & turn him into a corporate yuppie, while they transfer their chemicals & force the people into submission, until Toxie learns of their deeds & intends to flush them out, only to discover the Chairman he is working for, is really the Devil himself!Image result for the toxic avenger part iiiWhom he has sold his soul to & may not be able to up seat him at all, without the Devil destroying him. The opening scene set at a video store, that sees Toxie fighting off a group of criminals features some pretty effective gore scenes & some of the best kills this series has to offer. The film also takes a humorous jab at capitalism & the corporate lifestyles. Part III also continues it’s self referential angle, as Toxie stands up in front of a cardboard cut out of himself from the first film & then uses the VHS version of the first movie to tie up a criminal. Plus the video store is littered with tons of Troma movies. RICK COLLINS is a hoot as the chairman/devil. Troma’s Two Million dollar price tag for both movies, was clearly put to good use since both films features countless stunts, chases, explosions & fight scenes, but the films for whatever reason still felt cheap, despite a much slicker look.


That said while Part III is clearly more interesting in terms of plot than Part II. The downside is Part II was clearly better in giving fans what the wanted & expected from the series. Over the top gory kills every few minutes, tons of action & gratuitous nudity.  Part III’s main problems mainly consist of the fact that what makes up for the majority of the films running time, is merely extended scenes of shots already in Part II, including the sex scene between Clair & Toxie, which is just the extended version of the one used in Part II. Plus many of the scenes are just plain silly & could have been cut out of the film. Not only that, after the opening video store massacre, there is no gore & no violence until the last half hour, when Toxie takes on the Devil. Toxie’s dad which showed up at the end of Part II, also is not seen anywhere in the film.

Image result for the toxic avenger part iiiThe results of cutting one movie into two, also results in a series of continuity problems such is as follows: Toxie II saw Toxie returning from Japan to chase Apocalypse out, but yet he seemingly has no memory of this here, simply because he now joins them, by taking a job offer they have for him & becoming a yuppie in the process Although shot in 1989, PART III would wind up being picked up by the now defunct VESTRON VIDEO, where it sat on the shelf unreleased until 1991. However this was in many ways a blessing for Part III, since the film landed on video store shelves around the same time the TOXIC CRUSADERS cartoon series was playing on TV, as a result of this, Part III, was heavily promoted in video outlets. JOHN ALTAMURA (who left midway in production after a disagreement with the film-makers) & RON FAZIO (who also plays a member of Apocalypse) do well in the title role, although I tend to prefer Fazio, simply because the scenes Altemura is in, makes Toxies face look chubbier. LLOYD KAUFMAN & MICHAEL HERZ both direct the film with an assured hand & the acting is mainly bad, but then again it’s TROMA, so what do you expect? But again like in PART II, I was still thinking to myself, wasn’t Claire named Sarah in the first film? & wasn’t Toxie’s last name Fern & not Junko? it seems like the film-makers changed Toxie’s last name to a Japanese one, in order to fuel their plot for Part II, with Toxie thinking his dad was maybe Japanise, but it is still stupid.

Image result for the toxic avenger - PART IIIIn the end, despite it’s many flaws I enjoyed Part III & would definitely recommend it. Followed by a direct sequel to the first film only, that ignores Part II & III – CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER 4.

REVIEW: THE TOXIC AVENGER – PART II

CAST

Ron Fazio (Basket Case 2)
John Altamura (New York Nights)
Phoebe Legere (King of New York)
Rick Collins (SGT. Kabukiman NYPD)
Lisa Gaye (Terror Firmer)
Jessica Dublin (Troma’s War)
Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight)

Image result for the toxic avenger - PART IIIn 1984, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz created Troma’s brand of a superhero, which was the ‘Toxic Avenger’. It brought the small indie film studio into the limelight, which created an instant cult following, and made enough money to finance several further films. This superhero was a nerdy guy janitor who was bullied and picked on, but then fell into a vat of toxic waste and emerged a horribly disfigured superhero who would fight the bad guys in town.
Image result for the toxic avenger - PART IIThe year 1989 came around and Kaufman and Herz decided to make sequel and a quick buck as well, and thus ‘The Toxic Avenger: Part II’ was born. There are a lot of fun moments here with this sequel, but Kaufman and Herz decided the more over- the-top this is, the better the film will be. That’s not always the case, as is here with Part II. Instead of telling a somewhat cohesive story from start to finish and furthering along the Toxie character in their own Troma way, Kaufman and Herz decided to drag out gross out and gooey scenes too long and put together a bunch of schlocky-silly skits together with blood and guts, rather than keep the story flowing.

Image result for the toxic avenger - PART IIDon’t get me wrong, there are some genuine good moments here, but they wear out there welcome rather quickly, even when the crew heads to Japan for a change of scenery. After the events of the first film, Toxie lives with his girlfriend and works at the center for the blind. The town he lives in is free of the bad guys, where everyone lives more or less a hippy lifestyle. Low and behold though, the evil people at Apocalypse Inc., the evil corporation whose sole purpose is to pollute the Earth has a new sinister plan.Image result for the toxic avenger - PART IIHowever, they know that The Toxic Avenger will stand in their way of their cruel schemes, thus they try to kill Toxie. Meanwhile, Toxie is dealing with his own personal demons in addition to brutally killing the bad guys. He has sever depression and wants to know who his real father is, which sets him out on a journey via windsurfing to Japan to locate his father. It seems like Troma would have quite the character study here, but let’s get serious for a minute. This is Troma, and Troma is mostly just interested in more nudity, gore, and violence.

One of the unfortunate things here is that Kaufman and Herz throw all the playing cards on the table in the first fifteen minutes of the movie in one long action scene of destruction, and the film never recovers. They literally blew their wad too early. There are a few later scenes that pack this kind of action, but it is very short lived with long gaps of slow pacing problems. In the end, I still love that this sequel is part of the whole Toxie franchise, but it’s very inconsistent and riddled with trying to go the extra mile than telling a cohesive story.