Toxie sells out

October 12, 1990|By Stephen Hunter | Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic

'Toxic Avenger III: Last Temptation of Toxie'

Starring Ron Fazio and Phoebe Legere.

Directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman.

Released by Troma.

Rated R.

1/2 star The only superhero from New Jersey will visit the only drive-in in Baltimore for three days beginning today. That's when the Bengies, on Eastern Boulevard, will unleash a "Toxic Avenger" pig-out. That is, all three Toxic Avenger films, including the new one,"Toxic Avenger lll:The Last Temptation of Toxie."

Following a course first defined by Joseph Campbell in "The Hero With a Thousand Faces," Toxie only has one face, and it's ugly. Got this eye, see, that's in the middle of his cheek. Got this face, see, that looks like frozen slime. Man, this guy makes the rear end of a mutant ninja turtle look like a male model.

This one follows as he's co-opted by Apocalypse Industries Inc., manufacturers of industrial grade pollution. He sells out to get his wife some new eyes and perhaps some dresses, as she only wears her underpants in the movie. But when he sees the carnage Apocalypse is wreaking on Tromaville, N.J., he relents, and starts avenging all over again.

Everybody looks as if they're having a good time, but why does Toxie sound so much like Kermit the Frog? Believe me, nobody in Jersey sounds like Kermit the Frog.

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