The Toxic Avenger

Director: Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman
Year Released: 1984
Rating: 2.0

Intentionally tasteless and tacky cult classic has young mop boy Melvin dunked in toxic waste by local degenerates and morphs into a crime fighter bent on justice; in his deformed, hulking state he even finds a pretty blind girl to love him. I remember watching this (in edited, neutered form) on USA Up All Night (hosted by the irreplaceable Gilbert Gottfried) when I was much, much younger - ironically, I think I was able to appreciate it a little bit more now that I'm seeing it as an older viewer just as it is: titties and blood and frat humor by the bucketful. Kaufman gets some digs in there about Nixon, pollution and police corruption, but watching a Troma film for life lessons is like talking to a crack whore about your 401k.