The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
By: J.R. McNamara on February 15, 2007  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
Stomp Visual (Australia). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 2.0. 102 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere, Rick Collins, Rikiya Yasuoka, Lisa Gaye
Screenplay: Gay Partington Terry, Lloyd Kaufman
Music: Barrie Guard
Tagline: The first superhero from New Jersey is back!
Country: USA
Back to back sequels can sometimes suck. Remember the first time you saw Back to the Future 2 and that big 'TO BE CONTINUED' sign came up at the end, and how much you thought that sucked? Apparently, the original cut of Toxic Avenger 2 was about 4 hours long, but was re-edited into two movies…the first one being this one, The Toxic Avenger Part 2, while the other became The Toxic Avenger Part 3: The Last Temptation of Toxie. With this sequel to Troma's totally over the top superhero parody, directors Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz had to find a taller top to go over, and lower lows to sink to… and we are talking Troma here, so obviously 'mission accomplished!'

The film starts with an introduction by Lloyd Kaufman who talks briefly about how popular Toxie had become with cartoons, comics and toys available of the character.

Toxic Avenger Part 2 tells the further adventures of The Toxic Avenger (Ron Fazio), who after cleaning up the town of Tromaville, New Jersey, finds himself bored with his now peaceful life. That is until his psychiatrist (Ericka Schickel), under orders from evil corporation Apocalypse inc., tells him that all his psychological problems come from not knowing his father, and that she has found him in Japan. So Toxie leaves girlfriend Claire (Phoebe Legere) and his mother (Jessica Dublin) to make his way to Japan. And with the help of lovely Japanese local Masami (Mayako Katsuragi), he is soon reunited with his father Big Mac Bunko (Rikiya Yasuoka). Tragically, with its protector away, Tromaville becomes a victim of Apocalypse INC. and the machinations of its evil chairman (Rick Collins)! Will Toxie return in time to save his hometown?

I was surprised after watching this feature that it originally had been intended to be a single long feature. Considering that most of this film sees Toxie wandering around with nothing to do, there seemed to be a hell of a lot of filler, and not enough action. The gore scenes are as over the top as you would expect from Troma, and particularly from a Toxic Avenger film, but they are too few and far between. I have to admit there is some quality nudity from some of the Asian cast and occasionally some Troma-riffic humour (the Godzilla homage is classic), but in the end this film seems to be more about walking and less about beating the crap out of people, which is what I want from a Toxie film.
Video
This film is presented in 4.3 and isn't the greatest image. There is a lot of print damage, and a fair bit of telecine wobble, making it a bit more of a chore to watch.
Audio
The sound is in stereo 2.0, and generally sounds alright, but occasionally lacks clarity, and becomes slightly indistinct.
Extra Features
PLENTY of special features on this disc, although as usual with Troma, most are either advertising, or a way to fill the disc. The Australian release of this disc has two of the features locked out: 1) The Troma Intelligence Test and 2) the Trailers. This was apparently due to the O.F.L.C. not passing some of the violent footage in them.

The director's commentary is by Lloyd Kaufman, and whilst amusing, is very grating at times. Sometimes this is due to his shyster used car salesman's voice and sometimes it's due to his rabbiting on about nothing.
There are comments by three people about the film: Fangoria Managing Editor Michael Gingold talks about his time as an extra on the film (1 minute 54 seconds), Video Hound's Mike Mayo talks about the relevance Troma has in filmmaking, but doesn't do much but fight off his dog (1 minute 47 seconds) and Lisa Gaye, who plays Malfaire in this film, rubbishes on about herself for 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

Toxie 2 on Japanese TV (3 minutes 7 seconds) is an un-subtitled segment taken from a Japanese TV show which features behind the scenes footage, with an accompanying interview with Mayako Katsuragi, who plays Masami in the film. This may have been interesting and funny…if I understood Japanese.

Scenes from The Tromaville Café (4 minutes 51 seconds) is like an adult version of Peewee's Playhouse, with Lloyd Kaufman playing PeeWee, and starring Toxie and Sgt Kabukiman NYPD. Not very funny and really a waste of time.

Toxie: 15 Years Later (3 minutes 50 seconds) is a mockumentary about Toxie: the actor and his life and loves which is pretty funny.
Lloyd Kaufman Autobiography is actually an Advertisement for his book 'All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I learned From The Toxic Avenger'.
Public Service Announcement (3 minutes 36 seconds) offers 90 seconds of a topless girl (plus introduction) to help the viewers interested in onanism get themselves off…might have worked too if they had have gotten an attractive girl.

Public Service Announcement 2 (2 minutes 27 seconds) has Vice President Al Gore (who I didn't realize was an African American) talking about the dangers of global warming, to footage of two hot chicks playing with each others tits. If school had have been like this, I might have been a better person.

Aroma Du Troma (2 minutes) is a montage of Troma films.

Troma Website (17 seconds) is a short commercial for Troma merchandise and the website.

Radiation March (53 seconds) is a ridiculous performance piece protesting against pollution, which is ironic considering what hot air IT is.

Tour of Troma is an interactive piece that shows a picture of the Troma building, with different departments you can visit, which leads to either a lame joke or a clip from a film.

Toxie Family Album is a selection of on-set photos of the filming of Toxic Avenger Part 2.
The Verdict
Not even in the same league as The Toxic Avenger, The Toxic Avenger Part 2 just isn't very good. However you do need it to enjoy The Toxic Avenger 3. However, if you like the aroma of Troma, this is a must buy for YOU.
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