Starring: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton and Robert Prichard
Directed by: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman
Duration: 85 mins
Reviewed by Guy Adams
I think the problem is that I just donâ€™t like Troma movies. Which means Iâ€™m probably not the right guy to be reviewing them. Of the three Arrow are re-releasing, the one I expected to hate (soot-stained, mutated, eye-botherer Combat Shock) is the only one I actually rated.
Iâ€™d been saving Class of Nuke â€˜Em High until last because it seemed the front runner of the pack, swaggering around on its swanky Blu-ray disc. Obviously it was going to be nonsense but hopefully fun nonsense that I could get my teeth into. But my teeth just donâ€™t like Troma.
I suspect the problem is one of humour. This is more a comedy than a horror movie (obviously) and thereâ€™s nothing so subjective as a sense of humour. I like dry, subversive, slightly-poisonous comedy whereas Troma Prom King Lloyd Kaufman likes green snot monsters shooting at you from a toilet bowl. This is not snobbery on my part, I just rarely like comedy that tries to punch me in the face. And Class of Nuke â€˜Em High is pulling on its radioactive boxing gloves from the first shot.
It kept playing eighties music at me too. The soundtrack is a constant waterfall of eighties rock which makes it like walking through a shopping mall. A shopping mall that sells whoopee cushions filled with sick.
To me it felt like what would happen if the writers of early nineties American s
hitcom Saved by the Bell (you remember, the one featuring the hilarious Dustin Diamond as Screech, the fictional character this reviewer would most like to kill with a blunt trowel) got stoned together and then decided to write â€˜A like, totally hilarious horror movie set in a High School next to a power plant.â€™
Still, whatever my feelings on the subject the movie certainly has its fans, it led to two sequels and is possibly soon to be remade (might I suggest the Wayans brothers? Theyâ€™re SO funny at this sort of thing). If youâ€™re one of them then this disc will certainly appeal, itâ€™s positively loaded with extras, a commentary, interviews, a tour of Troma studios by Lloyd Kaufman… oodles of stuff. Sadly for me itâ€™s like being handed a giant-size portion of deep fried horse eyes but it would be a boring world if we all shared the same tastes.