Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Starring: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Vito Trigo, Clay von Carlowitz, Zac Amico
Readin’… writin’… radiation… again!
Tromaville High School. The filthiest school in the world and most likely the only school that has had its students turn into mutated freaks because of the smart placement of a nuclear plant right next to it.
Although the radiation from the nuclear plant is long gone, a new evil corporation named Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate strikes a deal with the school to serve delicious green taco’s. This turns several of the students into new mutated Cretins and once again the school becomes a violent freak show.
20 years after the last Nuke ‘Em High film, Troma finally brought it back to life again with this new story that was split into two films with the second volume being released later this year. Supposedly the idea of splitting the film into two parts came by advise from Quentin Tarantino, but this isn’t the first time Lloyd Kaufman has done this. It was done with both the two first sequels of Toxic Avenger and also the two sequels of Class of Nuke ‘Em High.
It’s actually been a long time since the last real Troma film with Lloyd Kaufman behind the camera. Last time was the 2006 effort Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, which did turn out to be one of their better films in their catalogue. Even if time has gone by, Troma and Lloyd Kaufman is still interested in shocking and disgusting their audience, with some social commentary added and boobs added for enjoyment aswell.
I like the fact that they attack, or rather puts a skeptic eye on the organic food industry in this film. The general public puts too much trust in the food industry and blindly believe that everything marked organic must be great for you. It’s a typical attack of Troma and just another reason on why they stand out from other companies.
The main story here though is very thin, probably due to the fact that the movie has been split into two parts. Yet it still becomes interesting, mostly due to it having a surprisingly sweet love story between the two main characters Chrissy and Lauren. That’s mostly due to the charming and lovely actresses Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran. They both fearlessly stand out and become very likeable and somehow seem to still feel “clean”, even in this dirty Tromaverse.
Kaufman doesn’t attempt to do anything new with the way of shooting this film, so if you are familiar with his previous work (and why would you watch this if you weren’t?) then you should know what to expect. Another thing that has also become common in newer Troma films, the music is very fitting for the content that is presented. The theme song to the film is great and could have been used more than it was.
Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 is a gory and funny film. I’m sure this will be right up the buttcrack for all Tromafans worldwide. It’s too bad that it hardly has any story, but thanks to the two leading ladies of the film, it is still quite entertaining and I’m looking forward to see this continue in the second volume.