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!Whom 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.
The 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.
In 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.