The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989) (Troma Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz
Starring: Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere
Rated: UR/Region 0/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Where to get it: Troma
Times are hard for Toxie. What’s a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength to do after he’s eliminated crime from his hometown? Desperate to raise money for the experimental surgery that could restore his blind fiancée’s eyesight, Toxie accepts a lucrative job with the evil multinational conglomerate Apocalypse Inc.
Now, Toxie’s transforming into an even more monstrous creature: a yuppie. And all of Tromaville is paying the price of Toxie’s Faustian bargain. The Toxic Avenger must defeat his own inner demons before taking on the Devil himself in a battle royale, while the fate of Tromaville hangs in the balance.
As I said in my review of The Toxic Avenger Part II, it was originally one long movie that was split up. So here we have the second part of that, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie. Now this film does a fine job of closing the holes from the previous installment in Troma’s The Toxic Avenger franchise, but it doesn’t bring too much to the table either unfortunately. This time around Toxie isn’t running off to Tokyo this time around he’s staying in Tromaville! And while the movie isn’t better than part 2, it is at least better fitting. Also, the story here in part 3 (as it should) feels like more of a payoff from the last, as Toxie does battle with the fallen angel himself! And while I doesn’t make a difference, why isn’t Satan red? You could also ask why he goes from having some form of slime on his face in one scene and then gone the next, but why would be nitpick at a Troma movie? The movie is still fun and that is the key when in Tromaville.
Now the movie does seem to drag a bit a bit when we reach the ending, but at the same time, that ending sequence is probably when the movie is at its best overall. We see everything from our hero bring tricked to do evil work, to Lloyd and company slipping in some social commentary early on about the state of the video store in 1989. Shame we don’t actually have more video stores now, but the setting and Toxie both work for a dose of nostalgia when you are watching this now. So, you get more of a plot in Toxie Avenger 3 and some more gore that stood out a lot more before the Director’s Cut of part 2. These films were never meant to be Gone with the Wind and while you can’t really call this Toxie movie a classic, you can at least have a good time with it and for you HD fanatics out there, you can also take comfort in knowing it looks as good as the remastered Blu-ray of part 2. I wish Clair’s character was toned down a bit, I might even with we had better editing here, but for a nice and fun pop-corn flick, you could do a lot worse than The Toxic Avenger part III. It doesn’t end up being the worst Troma movie ever made, but for the four Toxic Avenger movies, this could be seen as the weakest link of the four.
– New Introduction By Lloyd Kaufman
– American Cinematheque Honors 40 Years Of Troma
– Make Your Own Damn Horror Film! Featuring Kane Hodder And Bill Mosley
– Rabid Grannies! The Informercial!
– LK ‘Pests’ Promo Video
– Troma YouTube Halloween And Troma Trailers
DVD Disc (Note: The DVD isn’t a new disc, but the old DVD release threw in with the new Blu-ray)
– Audio Commentary By Lloyd Kaufman
– Audio Commentary By Actor Joe Flieshaker
– Satanic Memories
– Toxic Interviews
– Confessions Of A Snake Lady
– Toxic Posters Compilation
– Lord Fartacus Cult
– Troma Trailers
Quality of Transfer: 86%
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie