Class Of Nuke ‘Em High (1986) Review

Class Of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)

Directed by Richard W. Haines, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman (as Samuel Weil)

Starring: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan

Distributed by Troma Entertainment

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker.

My Opinion:

You know that I’ve watched an absolute load of shit in preparation for my blog’s month of horror when a goddamn Troma movie isn’t the worst one that I saw. Honestly, it’s probably somewhere in the middle. And it’s utter shit! Of course it is! But it pisses toxic green liquid all over The Victim and Repo! The Genetic Opera. I also preferred it to The Quiet Ones, possibly to Let’s Scare Jessica To Death, and maybe even to Mama. (These were all so bad that I did mini-reviews for most of them together in one post HERE and a longer review for Mama HERE, in which I now think I was a little too harsh). Troma movies are meant to be bad, though. Right?! I don’t think that the others I mentioned were meant to be bad. Therefore, they’re actually worse whereas I can be more forgiving of a Troma film. I guess.

I kept wanting to stick a roll of toilet paper on that guy’s nose ring.

I’m not going to pretend that I like Troma films. They’re godawful and a chore to watch. They’re bad to the point of being unwatchable as opposed to “so bad they’re fun”. I’ve done this as part of my horror comedy week since I think all their films are meant to be a part of this genre even though they’re completely unfunny and not at all scary. Right? Having said that, however, I’m now going to totally confuse everyone and say that I think every movie blogger should watch at least one of them before they can truly call themselves movie bloggers. It should be, like, a rite of passage or something.

My Troma experience is limited. Back in college, I saw the first three Toxic Avenger movies when they were on TV three nights in a row and I developed a sort of a fascination with them. If you’re going to watch only one of these, I’d suggest The Toxic Avenger as it’s somewhat watchable. At least, to a 20-year-old it was… I’m sure I’d struggle making it through those three films again. (Dan at Slip/Through has done a really good review of The Toxic Avenger HERE that you should give a read if you’re interested – he’s more likely to talk you into watching it than I am!).

I also attempted to watch Tromeo & Juliet once just to see the penis monster thing but ended up just watching the whole movie on fast-forward. Seriously. Here you go – you can skip that movie now. You’re welcome:

That’s it – those are the only Tromas I’ve seen (unless you count Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro which, believe it or not, a sub-division of Troma Films first distributed to the West with their own dubbed version. so… thank you for that, Troma!!!). The only other one I ever had any interest in seeing was Class Of Nuke ‘Em High as I always thought it sounded like it at least had a decent idea for a story. Guess I’m just a fan of the toxic chemicals thing. So, I’ve finally watched it! I’m done now! I’ve had my fill! I’m done watching these!


Did I even talk about Class Of Nuke ‘Em High?! I guess not. You know what? It honestly doesn’t matter. The idea of a Troma film is far better than the actual experience of watching one anyway. The posters & the images almost make Troma films look like they’d be entertaining. This one has a pretty good title, at least, and actually has a fairly fun poster: “Readin’, Writin’, and Radiation!” Ha! So stupid! But still better than anything in the movie. However, even though I’ve not seen many, I’d venture to guess that Class Of Nuke ‘Em High is one of the “better” offerings from this studio. I didn’t hate it – it was exactly as shit as I expected it to be. If that makes sense. It wasn’t fun to watch but I didn’t get mad at it wasting my time as I knew what I was getting into when I hit the Play button. It’s almost as “somewhat watchable” as The Toxic Avenger, which is the closest I can get to giving it a compliment. I guess. So my rating is more on a “Troma scale of 1 to 10” (just to confuse Brian since he always complains about my confusing ratings). I suppose I can call this my “second favorite Troma film” but do yourself a favor & just watch The Toxic Avenger instead of this one. It’s everyone’s duty as a serious movie blogger.

My Rating: 5/10

(Actually, that rating still makes no sense as this is probably 8/10 on an actual “Troma scale”. Aw, fuck it- who cares? it’s shit!)

16 thoughts on “Class Of Nuke ‘Em High (1986) Review

  1. Interesting perspective on Troma, and I totally agree with it. Had this DVD for years but never mustered the energy to watch it as, like you say, the idea of most Troma films (Poster, concept, taglines) are usually way beyond the actual movies.

    I think Toxic Avenger still stands up as a piece of guerrilla film-making, but the rest of the Troma films I’ve seen are all fairly average (even newer ones like Father’s Day) – but the entire company continues to dine off of the 30 year old Toxie films.

    • Yeah… You gotta respect them for making money off these film, I guess! The Toxic Avenger films certainly made them. I know what you mean about not having the energy to watch these – we do actually have this on DVD as well & I always looked at it & went “Nah”. Then I ended up just watching it when it was shown on TV a month ago. I totally played around on social media through the whole thing… πŸ˜‰ Great concept! But, in true Troma-style, pretty poor execution. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m so confused…
    I went on a job interview at Troma after I graduated and was technically offered the job but the pay was so bad I’d spend almost as much commuting as I earned. Still it would have been pretty cool, and probably led to a more interesting career path.
    Redneck Zombies is a watchable, fun Troma movie.

    • Really?? Oh, that wouldn’t have worked out. You’re high quality! Their movies may have ended up actually being good with you around and I’m pretty sure they don’t want that. πŸ™‚ Redneck Zombies, you say? Okay! I’ll be sure to watch that! (You know I won’t) πŸ˜‰

  3. Christ this looks horrendous. Mutey you’re a brave soul. I’m struggling to get through these new(ish) films that are being sent my way online that actually have some semblance of decent production value (See ‘Clinger,’ ‘Addicted to Fresno’ and soon to becoming ‘Windsor Drive’ — wretch on that last one especially) and you can tell that there is some attempt by the filmmakers that they’re trying to make a quality film. These things just look so dire that, while maybe that’s part of the fun, for me it would be pure torture. I admire being able to handle these things. But then I saw a 5/10 on your scale and I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen you give something lower than a 6 so that’s saying something. Haha.

    Your’e totally right though. I need to see The Toxic Avenger. I feel guilty for not having done so already.

    • What are these awful movies that you mention, Tom?! I looked them up… Ugh! They look almost as bad as the Troma stuff. πŸ™‚ I was being quite generous with a 5! I actually gave lower to quite a few horror films this month. I just don’t really love horror that much, though. But although this is one of Troma’s “best”, I don’t recommend you torturing yourself with Troma films. You SHOULD really experience The Toxic Avenger, though, before I can take you totally seriously as a blogger. πŸ˜‰

  4. Thanks for the shout out, my favourite Mutant πŸ˜‰ Troma Films are an acquired taste that take some getting used to, for sure. They are some of the best worst movies ever.

    I loved your review. Really funny. You’re right… college age is probably the cutoff point for enjoying this. At least you know what you’re getting into from Troma’s titles alone, like Killer Condom or Poultrygeist.

    • You’re welcome! You did a great review of The Toxic Avenger. πŸ™‚ They certainly are an acquired taste… I know I’ll never really be a fan. But, yes – I do like that you know what you’re getting into with a Troma film and they always deliver exactly what’s expected. πŸ™‚

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  8. I love the top-tier Troma movies like Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke Em High, and Redneck Zombies! They’re lowbrow fun and the exploitation genre is dwindling, sadly.

    You’re right to hold them up to a different scale. Even the “bad” Troma films are head and shoulders above fare like Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Now THAT was shit!

    • Yeah, they can’t really be compared to other films. They’re in a league of their own! Lol. Never seen Money Never Sleeps – doesn’t look great. πŸ˜‰ I think the Troma films are fun although I can’t exactly say I actively “like” any of them. Maybe the Toxic Avenger films. I need to see Redneck Zombies… πŸ™‚

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