Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: David Mattey, Clyde Lewis, Heidi Sjursen, Paul Kyrmse, Joe Fleishaker
A tale of two toxies!
The diaper mafia has taken the students and teachers of the Tromaville School for the Very Special hostage and the Toxic Avenger with his sidekick Lardass is on their way to save the day. Before the terror is over, an explosion takes place that puts Toxie in another dimension.
Suddenly he is in Amortville, where things are not so peaceful and calm and the gangsters run the streets. At the same time an evil version of Toxie, The Noxious Offender called Noxie is loose in Tromaville, causing havoc and crime wherever he can. Toxie has to find a way to return to Tromaville and get right of Noxie before the city is destroyed.
The Toxic Avenger is back! Over ten years has passed since the two mediocre sequels and the story in this one ignores what happened in those two films, even going so far as apologizing to the fans for the lack of quality of them in the introduction. When it comes to the story, they didn’t need to do that since the stuff that went on in the second and third film does not get in the way of the story here.
The dimension switch might not seen too original, but it is a fun experience to see the other alternatives to the characters. Noxie is an evil gangster boss, the Amortville version of Sarah is called Claire which is a reference to the sequels and Kabukiman is a solid henchman while in Tromaville he is a drunken screw up.
Kabukiman is actually way funnier here than he ever was in his own movie. His drunken self is quite amusing to watch and I wouldn’t mind seeing a movie with him in this state from start to finish. The Toxic Avenger has had some changes to his looks since the last time we saw him. He has a new type of mask which is more brown than green and it seems to move better when the actor… acts.
Citizen Toxie is also a lot more gory, grim and sleazy than the previous two efforts and perhaps it even surpasses the first one in those departments. The gross comedy is more effective than in the sequels and it is a much tighter and chaotic film. Perhaps thanks to the DVD sales boom of the late 90’s / early 2000’s, they didn’t give a shit about a rating and made it as offensive as they could possibly have wanted.
The acting is as to be expected by a Troma film, mediocre at best. Michael Budinger and Lisa Terezakis were both pretty good as the retarded youngsters Tito and Sweetie Honey and provided some laughs. There are also several cameo’s in this film, ranking from Lemmy from Motorhead, Corey Feldman, Ron Jeremy and even Mark Torgl who played Melvin in the original film.
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4 is a fun Troma film. It is an attempt to get back to what made the first Toxic Avenger film work and it is nearly as much fun as that one. Troma came through and made a very respectable sequel to their biggest franchise and I hope we will get the rumoured fifth Toxie film in the near future.