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Feb 12

The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie

POSTER - THE TOXIC AVENGER PART III THE LAST TEMPTATION OF TOXIEGenre: Comedy / Action
Year: 1989
Country: USA

Director: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere, Rick Collins, Lisa Gaye

 

 

With no crime in Tromaville, Toxie is again left with nothing to do. A superhero who can’t fight crime will also have trouble paying the bills, and since his girlfriend Claire needs to raise a big load of money to get an eye operation so she can finally she, Toxie goes on a job search.

He lands a job at the evil corporation Apocalypse Inc, after being tricked by their chairman. With Toxie occupied with work, Apocalypse Inc starts to turn the peaceful city of Tromaville into a toxic dump again and the only way it can be saved is if Toxie finally opens his eyes to the evil that is going on around him.

Like I mentioned in the review of The Toxic Avenger 2, both of these films were originally filmed as one big movie but later split into two when they saw that they had too much footage for one film. This did hurt the films and made the pacing seem off and make certain scenes last way too long. This also happens here, for instance the last final battle between Toxie and the chairman lasts around 30 minutes.

This third film is more storydriven and has less action scenes (and even lacking nudity) than the previous two and to keep the viewers interested they rather go for more silly humour. The anti-corporate angle gets a little overdone here and I wish they would cut both this and the second movie together so we could see what their original intention was for the sequel. Actually, it’s surprising that they haven’t since it seems to be an easy way to make some extra money here.

While the final battle does last too long, it is fun to see the chairman turn into satan himself and have him battle Toxie. The other villains are once again also very colorful and original. The cast and crew are of course the same as in the previous film, which also gives it the same atmosphere and look.

Since the evil corporate chairman has a bigger part here, we get to see more of Rick Collins who portrays him. He looks and act like the evil scumbag and is one of the better ones in the film. Even if her role isn’t that big, I also enjoyed Lisa Gaye in her part.

The directing is of course again done by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman. I guess the same can be said here as in the previous one, they do know how to make material such as this work but it is not their finest piece of film they have ever done either. They should also have cut this down a little since it becomes a bit too much when a film like this last 100+ minutes.

The Toxic Avenger 3: The Last Temptation of Toxie is on the same level as the second one, which should not be surprising since they were filmed together. This one is more character driven and has less action scenes than the second, so some might prefer that one to this. I think they are equally mediocre and they are for Toxie fans only.

 

 ★★½☆☆ 

 

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