Kehr Capsule of the Week: The Toxic Avenger (1984)

A 98-pound weakling falls into a tub of toxic waste and emerges as a superhero; the first order of business is revenge on all the creeps who picked on him earlier. Cruddy, primal, extremely violent, and fairly entertaining, this 1984 feature from the New York-based exploitation outfit Troma, Inc. (Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz) captures some of the snot-flicking spirit of the old EC comics. How much you’ll enjoy its deliberate crudity probably depends on how far you can let yourself regress to surly adolescence.

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