Feb 07

Class of Nuke ‘Em High

POSTER - CLASS OF NUKE'EM HIGHGenre: Comedy / Horror
Year: 1986
Country: USA

aka: Atomic College

Director: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan, James Nugent Vernon


If rotted their bodies. It corrupted their minds. And that’s the good news.


The Tromaville High School is your average american school, except that it is located right next to a nuclear power plant. The power plant has some leaks every now and then and this has caused a change in behaviour from the high school students.

The honor society has turned into a crazy gang called “Cretins”. They grow weed inside the power plant and sell it to the students of the school, giving them more than a wanted high. The clean cut Warren and his virgin girlfriend Chrissy gets forced into smoking one of these joints at a party. Warren starts to get super strength which he takes out on the Cretins and while things starts to go apeshit at the power plant, the Cretins seek revenge on Warren.

Class of Nuke ‘Em High is perhaps the most known series of films created by Troma outside of their Toxic Avenger films. It’s easy to see why since the films feel like the cousin of the Toxic Avenger films with the same humour, cheesy gore and a middle finger towards the big companies who doesn’t give a shit about destroying the environment as long as they make money.

The film starts off as a tromatic teen high school comedy about typical students wanting to party and have sex before going into full nuclear waste monster film in the last half.

Class of Nuke ‘Em High is not a very good movie. The acting is shoddy, the effects are poor, the story is all over the place and the comedy is very wacky. With that being said, the film is a lot of fun. I can’t honestly say what it is about this film that makes me enjoy it, but I will say that it has good pacing and it somehow manages to make sense out of all the craziness that is going on.

The characters look quite original. The Cretins are a weird bunch of… well, weirdos. They are so over the top and fun to watch, making their scenes into some of the funniest ones in the film. The leading characters Chrissy and Warren however are kind of dull and not very interesting. They look sympathetic enough to save them from hurting the film and Janelle Brady who played Chrissy also shows off her quite lovely body for all our viewing pleasures.

This project was originally supposed to be directed by Richard W. Haines, but it didn’t take many days before Lloyd Kaufman took over the shoot. Haines was still active on the production, but it’s easy to see that this is a Kaufman movie. The film might not look great, but there’s very few people who can, or perhaps even want, to balance the madness going on in the film as well as him. There’s music in nearly every scene of the film and it’s some really good tuned that fit the film perfectly.

For Troma fans, Class of Nuke ‘Em High is an essential movie to have and love. It’s an acquired taste to enjoy films like these and you could do a lot worse than this film. I find it to be funny and entertaining.




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