• 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.

The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie

TITLE: The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie

YEAR: 1989

GENRE: Superhero/Comics and Horror

When one shoots footage for two movies, it would make sense that the best materials would be used in the first edited production. Troma schlock moister Lloyd Kaufman had the job of taking all the footage from the filming of the sequel to the cult classic The Toxic Avenger and take the footage from one film and create two. Since two movies were not in the plan it was up to Kaufman to invent a storyline on the fly and piece together the leftover footage into a coherent film. Unfortunately Kaufman did not succeed, and The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie is an uninspired and disorganized mess.

After chasing Apocalypse Inc. out of Tromaville, boredom sets in for Toxie (Ron Fazio and John Altamura) as all elements of evil have been vanquished from his beloved city. Toxie discovers that his girlfriend Clare (Phoebe Legere) can finally see with some experimental surgery, but the price tag is cost prohibitive for a superhero on a welfare budget. Toxie joins the job market but discovers that even though he is well loved in his community that joining the work force is difficult for a seven foot tall, deformed superhero of tremendous size and strength. Apocalypse Inc. enters the picture again, this time offering Toxie a position as a spokesperson for the evil corporation. Toxie reluctantly agrees and becomes a yuppie to help his girlfriend fix her eyes until the superhero discovers that the CEO of Apocalypse Inc. (Rick Collins) is actually Satan himself. Toxie must now face his ultimate battle in order to save Tromaville and the world from the tribulations of the master of evil himself.

The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie starts out with great potential with an absurdly over the top fight scene between Toxie and a gang in a video store (complete with a display for The Toxic Avenger), but the project goes downhill quickly after that. The editing of the film is atrocious as the pieced together footage, various clips from other Troma films, stock footage, and way too much reversed footage has no coherency and makes the film almost unwatchable. Legere’s portrayal as Toxie’s girlfriend is even more annoying than in The Toxic Avenger Part II, and she even performs three songs on the soundtrack which proves she must have been deaf as well as blind. The jab in the ribs to Blockbuster (the main reason the gang was in the video store in the opening sequence is because they were trying to muscle the Mom and Pop operation into renting only top 40 sellers) was fairly funny, but the rest of the sarcasm about corporate America was poorly executed and at times as vapid as Clare’s empty head. At 102 minutes the film is just too long and becomes boring and stale as Kaufman could have made a better production with an 80 minute run time to tighten up the loose ends.

The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie cost $500,000 to make and made a little over $350,000 in its theatrical release. The short-lived “Toxic Crusaders” cartoon TV series hit the airwaves two years later, but the more cult-like Toxic Avenger films were shelved for almosta  dozen years until the much improved Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV exploded onto the scene in 2000. If you want to be a masochist and watch this movie make sure to chase down the unrated version as the blood and gore effects are chopped out of the R-rated release. The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie is a disorganized mess that should not have seen the light of day, although die-hard Troma fanatics with a case of beer and a lobotomy may find some enjoyment here. The rest of nerd cinema fans should dodge this steaming pile of cinematic trash. Avoid.

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–Mark

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