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Feb 16

Class of Nuke ‘Em High II: Subhumanoid Meltdown

POSTER - CLASS OF NUKE'EM HIGH 2 SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWNGenre: Comedy / Horror
Year: 1991
Country: USA

Director: Eric Louzil, Donald. G. Jackson
Starring: Brick Bronsky, Lisa Gaye, Leesa Rowland, Michael Kurtz, Scott Resnick

 

Student power meets nuclear power!

 

The nuclear power plant of Tromaville has been rebuilt. This time they have built it next to the Tromaville Institute for Technology, or TIT for short. Professor Holt is designing a new race of sub-human creatures, designed to be emotionless and programmable to do whatever their master desires.

The school reporter Roger meets one of the subhumanoids called Victoria and falls in love with her. When the subhumanoids start to melt all of a sudden and the nuclear plant again makes people behave crazy, Roger does whatever he can to save his love Victoria before she also melts into green slime.

Class of Nuke ‘Em High 2 is made five years after the first one, but looks and feels like something that was made in the mid 80’s. They upped the ante when it came to comedy and went a little bit nicer on the violence and gore. The story isn’t anything special and it feels like a rehash of the first one just with the teen comedy stuff traded out for the creation of the subhumanoids here.

The main character this time is the muscular Brick Bronsky (with a very puny excuse for a ponytail) as the reporter Roger Smith. He is supposed to be an outcast of the school, yet looks like a big sized jock that would fit in better with the bad guys. I wish they would have had some other leading character than Roger.

As with the first one, the villains look over the top and original. Professor Holt, played by the lovely Troma regular Lisa Gaye, sports a big hairdo that would give Marge Simpson a run for her money. Instead of the Cretins, we get a new gang called the Squirrels. They are not featured as much as the Cretins from the first one, instead we get a bigger and badder monster at the end with a big mutant squirl causing death and destruction by vomiting and pissing on people.

The main problem is that the different storyline fails to keep you interested and it does start to become dull midway through it. It does pick itself up with the giant squirl at the end and that does save the movie. I wish that Lloyd Kaufman directed this one aswell, since he is a master of making films like this work.

This time however it was up to Eric Louzil and Donald G. Jackson to deliver the goods. I do not know if they co-directed the entire film or if one of them left or got fired before the project was finished. The pacing is a little uneven and the comedy isn’t effective enough. The effects however are quite good, especially for the budget they had available on this.

Class of Nuke ‘Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown fails in delivering the same entertainment that the first one did. It’s a decent entry in the Troma catalogue, but I think they could have made a better sequel than this.

 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

 

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