Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Toxic Avenger, Part II, The (1989)

Directed by:
Michael Herz
Lloyd Kaufman

After the Tromaville Home for The Blind is blown up by the evil Apocalypse Incorporated, Toxie (played by John Altamura; voiced by Ron Fazio) sets out to put an end to their reign of terror. He also travels to Japan to search for his long lost father. This OK parody of horror, superhero and martial arts films is filled with cartoonish gore, grating overacting and campy dialogue. There's a good gag for every bad one, but the scenes in Japan (shot on location in Tokyo) are pretty hilarious at times. Pericles Lewnes (REDNECK ZOMBIES) was in charge of the make-up FX. Filmed back-to-back with Part III, this is available in both R and Unrated ("Director's Cut") versions.


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