Class of Nuke 'Em High
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Directed by Richard W. Haines
Produced by Michael Herz
Written by Lloyd Kaufman
Richard W. Haines
Starring Janelle Brady
Music by Ethan Hurt, Title Track
Cinematography Michael Mayers Editing by Richard W. Haines Distributed by Troma Entertainment Release date(s) December 12, 1986 Running time 85 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $2 million (est)
Class of Nuke 'Em High, also known as Atomic High School, is a 1986 film made by cult classic B-movie production group Troma Entertainment. It was directed by Richard W. Haines and Lloyd Kaufman under the pseudonym Samuel Weil. New York holographer Jason Sapan created the laser effects.
The film is about a New Jersey high school (Tromaville High School), which is conveniently located next to a nuclear power plant. The gang of the school, called "The Cretins", deals drugs among the students. They pick leaves from a radioactive marijuana plant located in the yard of the nuclear plant and sell it to Eddie for $20. He smokes it at a party with his friends Warren and Chrissy. That night, they both have hallucinations. Chrissy discovers that she is pregnant, and spits a little monster into a toilet bowl. The creature travels trough the water pipes and lands in a barrel filled with radioactive waste, and mutates into a bigger creature. Meanwhile, Warren has super strength and kills two of the Cretins. The rebel gang takes over the school and start destroying it, and they take Chrissy hostage and take her to the basement. Warren goes into the school to save her, and he discovers the adult monster, who kills every one of The Cretins. Warren finally kills the beast with a laser he found in the physics laboratory, and he and Chrissy leave the school right after the monster explodes along with the school. The film ends with a frame of the monster "baby" squirming through the remains of the destroyed school.
The film spawned two unsuccessful sequels, 1991's Class of Nuke 'Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown and 1994's Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid. A fourth movie was announced in 2000, but it never got past the pre-production stage. The sequels were not directed by either Lloyd Kaufman or Michael Herz, but were produced by them. They were more comedic than violent and had a very low budget. The sequels marked the first appearance by Tromie the radioactive squirrel.
- Janelle Brady as Chrissy
- Gil Brenton as Warren
- Robert Prichard as Spike
- Pat Ryan Jr. as Mr. Paley
- James Nugent Vernon as Eddie
- Brad Dunker as Gonzo
- Gary Schneider as Pete
- Theo Cohan as Muffey
- Gary Rosenblatt as Greg
- Mary Taylor as Judy
- Rick Howard as Spud
- Lauren Heather McMahon as Taru
On April 7, 2010, Lloyd Kaufman announced that he has been contacted about remaking Class of Nuke 'Em High. Kaufman has already confirmed that other 80's Troma classics such The Toxic Avenger, which will have a PG-13 rating and Mother's Day would also receive remakes by other studios.
- Class of Nuke 'Em High at the Internet Movie Database
- Class of Nuke 'Em High at AllRovi
- The official home of Troma Entertainment
FilmsClass of Nuke 'Em High (1986) • Class of Nuke 'Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991) • Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid (1994) Related topicswith Michael HerzWaitress! (1981) (as Samuel Weil) • Stuck on You! (1982) (as Samuel Weil) • The First Turn-On! (1983) (as Samuel Weil) • The Toxic Avenger (1984) (as Samuel Weil) • Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986) (as Samuel Weil; co-directed by Richard W. Haines) • Troma's War (1988) (as Samuel Weil) • The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989) • Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990) •Tromeo and Juliet (1996) • Terror Firmer (1998) • Troma's Edge TV (1999-2001) (26 half-hour episodes) • Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000) • All The Love You Cannes (2002)• Tales from the Crapper (2003) • Make Your Own Damn Movie! (2005) • Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) • Splendor & Wisdom (2008) • Lenge: Ledgends of Troma (2011) • Toxic Twins: The Toxic Avenger V (2011)
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