• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV

TITLE: Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV

YEAR: 2000

GENRE: Superhero/Comics and Horror

One knows that the sequels to a film must have been terrible when the film maker actually issues an apology in a follow-up film. During the introduction of Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV narrator Stan Lee reads an introduction about the title character then states that “two rotten sequels were made. Sorry about that,” Give Troma Studios executive Lloyd Kaufman credit for knowing that the second and third Toxic Avenger films were pretty rotten, but when lee states ‘this is the real sequel” the expectations of fans waiting for that over the top Toxic Avenger sequel will be raised significantly. Those expectations are fortunately met and then some, as Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV is an insanely ridiculous superhero horror bloodbath that delivers numerous memorable scenes and oodles of bloodshed and mayhem.

Toxie (David Mattey) and his new sidekick Lardass (Joe Fleishaker) are off at the Tromaville School For The Very Special protecting the mentally handicapped students from the insidious Diaper Mafia and its gang of thugs. During the fight an explosion happens that unexplainably launches Toxie to another dimension and the city ofAmortvillewhere his doppelganger The Noxious Offender (Mattey) is a criminal warlord who holds the town under his drug-induced thumb. While there he meets the evil version of Kabukiman (Paul Kyrsme) and learns that his other dimensional twin has been transported to Tromaville and is running rampant on the streets and over the citizens of his beloved city. Assisted by mentally challenged Sweetie Honey (Lisa Terezakis), angry impaired tough guy Tito (Michael Budinger) who has superhero aspirations of his own, and bodyless Pompey (Barry Brisco), Toxie returns to Tromaville and discovers that his wife is Sarah (Heidi Sjursen) is pregnant with his child…as well as the Noxious Offender! The battle good versus evil is on, and the fate of Toxie’s family is at stake.

What makes Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV so effective is that fact that Kaufman starts the film with the pedal to the metal and never lowers the intensity or hilarity throughout its 99 minute run time. There are at least a dozen must see scenes in the film for those who love their cinema profane and nasty including the following: the introduction of a group of superheroes by the mayor of Tromaville (Ron Jeremy) is downright bizarre; the final fight scene between Toxie and Noxie with their mops complete with lightsabre noises and a Star Wars inspired soundtrack is uproarious; and the fight scene between the baby Toxie and the baby Noxie inside the womb is as bizarre as any movie scene ever produced. The blood and gore is plentiful and fairly effective especially when Toxie lays waste to a bunch of Nazi-inspired cops in a hospital complete with doctors crawling through pools of blood trying to resuscitate the dismembered police officers. Issues of the mentally handicapped and abortion rights are lampooned here, especially with the anti-abortion crowd chanting “choose life or die” in front of a clinic. There are also a slew of cameos that will entertain the viewer: Howard Stern favorite guest Hank The Angry Drunken Dwarf plays a hilarious God; screen queen Debbie Rochon (Tromeo And Juliet, Terror Firmer) plays a kindly instructor at the mentally handicapped school; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman plays a biker; and celebrities such as Lemmy from Motorhead and famed horror director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) appear as faces in a mob.

The Toxic Twins: The Toxic Avenger V is currently in development and fans should be able to see a finished product in a couple years. For those who just can get enough of our nuclear waste superhero can look for dates of the off-Broadway hit “The Toxic Avenger: The Musical” which is being performed in various cities all over the United States. Fans that discovered our superhero fromNew jerseywill be glad to see that Toxie has returned to his original disgusting form and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV is a tremendously disgusting romp through the streets of Tromaville and delivers more mad thrills, over the top characters, and insane fight scenes than one can shake a mop at. Fans of cinema filled with ridiculous bloodshed and memorably insane characters will love the new Toxie and his adventures to an alternative dimension.

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–Mark

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