The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)

R | 100 mins | Comedy, Horror | 10 November 1989

Cinematographer:

James London

Editor:

Joseph McGirr

Production Designer:

Alexis Grey

Production Company:

Troma, Inc.
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HISTORY

Before the opening credits a title card appears reading: “Tromaville, New Jersey, 1984.”
       The following statements appear in end credits: “Special thanks to: New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development: Neil Cannock, Pepper O’Brien & Jaynee Keyes; City of New York Mayor’s Office for Film, Theatre & Broadcasting: Beverly Sammartino & Patricia Reed Scott; The New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission: Steve Gorelick; The City of Peekskill, NY: Mayor Richard Jackson, Jr., Joseph Seymour, Linda David & Bill Sowden; Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY: Richard Herbeck, Peggy Keesler, Fire Chief Dick Nagle, Police Chief Dennis Coxen & Lt. Jack Doran; Village of Buchanan, NY: Mayor George Begany, Fire Chief Al Rausch & Police Chief Charles Cretera; Camp Smith; Colonel Patrick J. Garvey, Sergeant Alex Contini, Major George Veres, Joann Ferrara & Nino Ferrara; Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY: Robert Engstrom & Joe Cornelison; the City of New York Department of General Services, Division of Public Structures: Veronica Tigner; St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church: David B. Wayne & Bob Elliot; Fire Departments: Buchanan Engine Company, Croton Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Services: AAA-1, Cortlandt Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corp; Cyril & Becky Migdal, Sonny & Barbara Robbins, Donald & Monica Couch; Kelly Construction: Ed Kelly, Robert Flower & Ed Schorno; Bob’s Tall Fantasy Acres Mud Bog: Bob Tall & Dave Chumley; Movies I, Peeksill, NY”; and, “Thank You" to: "Apple & Eve, Inc.; Bachman Company; Bonton Snacks; Bob Bookless; C&C Cola; Dependable Tree Service; Entenmann’s Bakery, Inc.; Garrison Garage; Hatch's Service Station; Igloo Corporation; Industrial Recycling Systems, Inc.; Janet Associates, Joyce Leslie, Inc.; Manhattan Special Bottling; Messina Bros. MFG. Co Inc.; Mom’s ... More Less

Before the opening credits a title card appears reading: “Tromaville, New Jersey, 1984.”
       The following statements appear in end credits: “Special thanks to: New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development: Neil Cannock, Pepper O’Brien & Jaynee Keyes; City of New York Mayor’s Office for Film, Theatre & Broadcasting: Beverly Sammartino & Patricia Reed Scott; The New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission: Steve Gorelick; The City of Peekskill, NY: Mayor Richard Jackson, Jr., Joseph Seymour, Linda David & Bill Sowden; Village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY: Richard Herbeck, Peggy Keesler, Fire Chief Dick Nagle, Police Chief Dennis Coxen & Lt. Jack Doran; Village of Buchanan, NY: Mayor George Begany, Fire Chief Al Rausch & Police Chief Charles Cretera; Camp Smith; Colonel Patrick J. Garvey, Sergeant Alex Contini, Major George Veres, Joann Ferrara & Nino Ferrara; Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY: Robert Engstrom & Joe Cornelison; the City of New York Department of General Services, Division of Public Structures: Veronica Tigner; St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church: David B. Wayne & Bob Elliot; Fire Departments: Buchanan Engine Company, Croton Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Services: AAA-1, Cortlandt Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corp; Cyril & Becky Migdal, Sonny & Barbara Robbins, Donald & Monica Couch; Kelly Construction: Ed Kelly, Robert Flower & Ed Schorno; Bob’s Tall Fantasy Acres Mud Bog: Bob Tall & Dave Chumley; Movies I, Peeksill, NY”; and, “Thank You" to: "Apple & Eve, Inc.; Bachman Company; Bonton Snacks; Bob Bookless; C&C Cola; Dependable Tree Service; Entenmann’s Bakery, Inc.; Garrison Garage; Hatch's Service Station; Igloo Corporation; Industrial Recycling Systems, Inc.; Janet Associates, Joyce Leslie, Inc.; Manhattan Special Bottling; Messina Bros. MFG. Co Inc.; Mom’s Taxi; On-A-Bagel; Peekskill Fitness Center; Sailboards of Long Island; Connie Send; Sorrentos Restaurant; Tara Limousine; USA Wet; Vision World; Watergate Motor Hotel; Susan Whitty; Zipkin’s Equipment Center.”
       Actor Michael J. Kaplan is listed as Michael Kaplan in opening credits.
       The following appears in the end credits: “People who did not act in this film: Robert DeNiro, Glenn Close, Arsenio Hall.”
       According to a 17 May 1989 Var, the The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie was filmed concurrently with Toxic Avenger: Part II. The 28 Jul 1988 HR reported principal photography had begun in Japan.
       The following actors reprised their roles from The Toxic Avenger Part II for The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie : Ron Fazio; John Altamura; Phoebe Legere; Rick Collins; Lisa Gage; Jessica Dublin; Bonnie Garvin; Tsutomu Sekine; Karen King; Melissa Osborne; Helen Wheels; Karen Skye; Traci Mann; Fernando Antonio, Sylvester Covin; William Decker; Joe Fleishaker; Mark Fucile; Mark All Ginsberg; Sal Lioni; Doug McDonald; Benny Nieves; Kariim Ratcliff; Michael White; Susan Whitty; Jeremiah Yates; Bryan Perkins, William E. Benson; Michael Leoce; Phil Rivo; Ray Seiden and Orentha Alva.
       The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie is the third of a four movie series following The Toxic Avenger (1987, see entry) and The Toxic Avenger Part II: (1989, see entry). Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2001, see entry) completed the series. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
10 Nov 1989
p. 10.
New York Times
10 Nov 1989
p. 10.
Variety
17 May 1989.
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Variety
8 Nov 1989
p. 36.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Bad girls:
[and]
Apocalypse, Inc. executives:
Apocalypse Inc. thugs:
[and]
Blind choir singers:
[and]
Apocalypse, Inc. employees:
[and]
Good people of Tromaville;
[and]
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz present
A Troma Team Release
A Lloyd Kaufman Michael Kerz Production
The Troma Team Presents A Lloyd Kaufman/Michael Herz Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
3d unit dir
4th unit dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Addl material wrt by
Addl material wrt by
Addl material wrt by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam person
1st asst cam person
1st asst cam person
1st asst cam person
1st asst cam person
1st asst cam person
2d asst cam person
2d asst cam person
2d asst cam person
2d asst cam person
2d asst cam person
2d unit cam
2d unit cam
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
Telephone op
Telephone op
Best boy
Best lay
3d elec
Rigging grip
2d grip
3d grip
Key grip
Still photog
Still photog
Negative cutter
Cam equip provided by
Elec equip provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Exclusive artistic adv
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Swing man
Scenic artist
Asst scenic artist
Const supv
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus comp and prod by
Based on mus by
Mus eng & prod by
Addl mus prod by
for Filmtrax PLC, London
Mus published worldwide by
SOUND
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
Digital growl eff
Sd mixer
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
ADR Voices
Post-prod sd
Sd mixed at
Re-rec mixer
Sd transfer by
Apprentice
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Pyrotechnics
Spec atmospheric eff
Key gore eff artist
Devil des & concept
Toxic Avenger transformation fabrication
Video hand mangling spec eff
Video hand mangling spec eff
Video hand mangling spec eff
Video hand mangling spec eff
Teeth car eff
Eff asst
Eff asst
Opt eff by
MAKEUP
Toxic Avenger make-up & transformation
Spec animal make-up
Spec make-up eff
Spec make-up eff
Spec make-up eff
Spec make-up eff
Hair/Make-up
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc exec
Loc mgr
2d unit loc mgr
Scr supv
Dir of casting
Asst casting
Fly casting
Transportation capt
Prod office mgr
Prod office mgr
Admin exec
Admin exec
Toxic dir of business affairs
Toxic lawyer
Toxic lawyer
Toxic bookkeeper
Toxic bookkeeper
Toxic accountant
Toxic accountant
Toxic prod coord
Toxic prod coord
Toxic telexes
Tromaville historian
Grunt expert
Worm trainer
White House correspondent
Shakespearean coach
Telephone op
Telephone op
Key gripe
See-saw man
Projectionist
Weapons handler
Most improved camper
Craft services
Wrestling coord
Asst wrestling coord
Equine services provided by
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Vehicles provided by
Prod services by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col grader
SOURCES
SONGS
"Toxic Avenger Part III Theme Song," performed by English Eyes, backing vocals Sharif Hamden, produced by Dan Skye
"Down On Me," published by Slow Dancing Music, Inc., written by Janis Joplin, performed by English Eyes, vocals by Melissa Smith
"Gimme Little Sign," published by Bonnyview Music Corp., written by H. Winn, A. Smith & J. Hooven by arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment, performed by English Eyes, produced by Dan Skye
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SONGS
"Toxic Avenger Part III Theme Song," performed by English Eyes, backing vocals Sharif Hamden, produced by Dan Skye
"Down On Me," published by Slow Dancing Music, Inc., written by Janis Joplin, performed by English Eyes, vocals by Melissa Smith
"Gimme Little Sign," published by Bonnyview Music Corp., written by H. Winn, A. Smith & J. Hooven by arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment, performed by English Eyes, produced by Dan Skye
"Drums A Go Go," published by Drive-In Music Co., Inc., performed by The Hollywood Persuaders, written by Paul Buff, by arrangement with Original Sound Record Co. Inc.
"Made For You," Music by Phoebe Legere & Tristan Avakian
"Amazing Grace," organ arrangement and music by Phoebe Legere, produced by Tristan Avakian
"No Place Like Home," accordian [sic] and voice by Phoebe Legere
"Red River Valley," accordian [sic] an voice by Phoebe Legere.
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COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
10 November 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 10 November 1989
New York opening: week of 10 November 1989
Production Date:
began July 1988
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
100
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Five gunmen run into a video store in Tromaville, New Jersey and declare that as Tromaville belongs to Apocalypse Inc., all residents will henceforth only rent from the company’s store. Also, only twenty titles will be available. When a woman protests, the gang’s leader blows her away with a shotgun. Melvin, the “Toxic Avenger,” arrives, rips out the leader’s intestines and dismembers the rest of the thugs. Declaring he is back from his “temporary flirtation with evil,” Melvin reminisces that at the end of Toxic Avenger Part II, he had rid the town of evil. Everyone in the city loved him, but he was feeling useless without evil to fight. One day, Claire, his girl friend who was blinded by mouthwash while working as a dental hygienist, receives a letter from a doctor who claims he can restore her sight. However, the operation costs $370,00, which is much more than she can afford. Although Melvin fears Claire will reject him when she sees his deformed face, he works a variety of jobs to raise the money. He quits his first job as a door-to-door auditor for the Internal Revenue Service when no one will open their doors to him, and he is let go from the video store because his toxicity melts the plastic videocassettes. He is fired as a muffler repairman when he crosses two wires and a car explodes. At church, Melvin hears a Bible reading from Matthew 4:8-9 which tells of the Devil taking Jesus to a mountaintop and offering him all ... +


Five gunmen run into a video store in Tromaville, New Jersey and declare that as Tromaville belongs to Apocalypse Inc., all residents will henceforth only rent from the company’s store. Also, only twenty titles will be available. When a woman protests, the gang’s leader blows her away with a shotgun. Melvin, the “Toxic Avenger,” arrives, rips out the leader’s intestines and dismembers the rest of the thugs. Declaring he is back from his “temporary flirtation with evil,” Melvin reminisces that at the end of Toxic Avenger Part II, he had rid the town of evil. Everyone in the city loved him, but he was feeling useless without evil to fight. One day, Claire, his girl friend who was blinded by mouthwash while working as a dental hygienist, receives a letter from a doctor who claims he can restore her sight. However, the operation costs $370,00, which is much more than she can afford. Although Melvin fears Claire will reject him when she sees his deformed face, he works a variety of jobs to raise the money. He quits his first job as a door-to-door auditor for the Internal Revenue Service when no one will open their doors to him, and he is let go from the video store because his toxicity melts the plastic videocassettes. He is fired as a muffler repairman when he crosses two wires and a car explodes. At church, Melvin hears a Bible reading from Matthew 4:8-9 which tells of the Devil taking Jesus to a mountaintop and offering him all the world’s treasure if he would bowed down before him. The preacher ends the reading before Jesus can answer. That night, Melvin dreams he sees himself in a mirror as he was before being deformed by toxic chemical. The younger Melvin taunts him for being a loser. Melvin punches the mirror and is sucked into it. He finds himself on a mountaintop where the younger Melvin quotes the passage from Matthew and hurls Melvin from the peak, but he wakes up before he hits the bottom. The next day, the chairman of Apocalypse Inc., listens to reports that the company is pumping record amounts of pollution and radiation into the environment, but is only interested in Tromaville. He orders his underlings to kill Melvin, but his female assistant, Malfaire, suggest he offer Melvin a job instead. Knowing of Claire’s need for an operation, the chairman agrees. Melvin meets with the chairman, who explains his corporation’s goal is to build sad little towns like Tromaville into prosperous cities. At the snap of his fingers, the chairman and Melvin are standing on a mountain overlooking a futuristic city. The chairman says, “I will give all this to thee if you work for me,” while handing Melvin a briefcase with three hundred and $375,000. Melvin agrees and signs the contract with his blood. After taking Claire to the hospital, Melvin starts his job by appearing with the chairman to announce the opening of the Tromaville Dioxin Chemical Plant, not realizing that the crowd is booing and the chairman’s henchmen are beating the people to silence them. When Melvin asks why his mother and others are being carted off to rehabilitation centers, he is told there are always a few malcontents determined to hinder progress. Next, the company forces the town’s children to make the chemical defoliant Agent Orange, which the chairman assures Melvin will help develop their small motor skills and learn their primary colors. Later, Melvin is at Claire’s bedside when the doctor removes her bandages. She looks at the handsome young doctor and screams, but declares Melvin is beautiful. Now that Claire has regained her sight, she can see the evil Apocalypse, Inc. is reigning down on Tromaville and tries to open Melvin’s eyes. Melvin takes a walk to think it over and comes across a group of little children defacing one of his posters. Realizing that Claire is right, he returns to their home in the dump and declares he is going to fight to get his town back. He returns to the church, which is now the chairman’s office, and says he is quitting Apocalypse, but the chairman insists Melvin fulfill his contract. When the Toxic Avenger refuses, the chairman sheds his mortal guise to reveal he is the Devil. He challenges Melvin to play the Five Levels of Doom, explaining the levels are Earth, air, water, fire and another level he cannot remember. When he yells “Earth,” Melvin sinks into the ground and disappears. As the Devil laughs, Melvin’s head pops back up. Malfaire screams to a worker with a stump saw that she will pay him $1,000 to run Melvin over, but remembers this is a low budget film and offers him $30. The man pushes the saw at Melvin’s head, but he catches the blade with his teeth and climbs to the surface. The Devil bursts into flames and sets Melvin on fire, but the townspeople douse him with buckets of water. Melvin then urinates on the Devil to extinguish his hellfire. The Devil puts the town’s children into a trance, places them in a school bus and drives away. Melvin chases the bus as it smashes through parked cars, pedestrians and a school picnic. Stopping below a large cliff, the Devil gets out and waves his arms. A huge gale lifts the bus to the top of the cliff where it dangles over the side. He offers to let the children live if Melvin surrenders. Melvin leaps to the top of the cliff as Malfaire arrives with a shotgun. As she fires, the Devil orders the bus to fall. Melvin rips open the emergency exit door, calling out that if the children want to see how the movie ends they need to jump to safety. Just as the last child gets free, the bus falls off the cliff and crashes down on Malfaire. The Devil uses his powers to fix the bus, then yells, “Water,” before driving off with Melvin holding onto the hood. The bus drives into a quarry full of water and explodes. However, Melvin does a backflip out of the water and runs back to the church where the Devil tells him the last level is a “wasted mind.” He grabs Melvin’s head and steam erupts from his eyes and ears. Puss-filled boils erupt from Melvin’s skin and his flesh melts until he is just a skeleton in a puddle of goo. The Devil then reverts Melvin to pre-Toxic Avenger form. Melvin attacks the Devil, who laughs off the ninety-eight pound weakling’s ineffectual punches. Claire snatches a shotgun from a nearby henchman and denounces Satan. The Devil takes away her sight and she fires wildly into the crowd before running home to find the Braille version of the Devil’s contract Melvin made for her. Back at the church, the Devil holds Melvin up and reminds everyone that he is the mop boy they used to ridicule. However, the crowd supports Melvin. Claire reappears claiming she has found an escape clause which states the contract is voided if there is a miracle from God. An angel, dressed as a bicycle messenger, appears. As the crowd runs for cover, a healing rain falls, changing Melvin back into the deformed shape of the “Toxic Avenger,” and Claire regains her eyesight. Melvin tears the Devil’s skin off to reveal he is full of maggots. He rips off the demon’s head and hurls it into the sky where it lands on a Japanese reporter doing an interview in Tokyo. Days later, Melvin and Claire are married. +

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