Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1

2013

Action / Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi

52
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 1585

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Stan Lee as Narrator
Judah Friedlander as The World Champion
Lloyd Kaufman as Lee Harvey Herzkauf
Mark Neveldine as Kabukicar Passenger
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Bodo 6 / 10

Quite enjoyable with some great actors

This fourth installment of the Class of Nuke Em High series is another schlocky Troma movie that is made for fans of the production company and for fans of B-movies. Just like the other movies from the series, this one is best to be understood as a comedy, with perhaps a little bit of gore (but actually not too much). There's a lot of meta references to other Troma movies, so I recommend watching the Toxic Avenger series and the other Class of Nuke Em High movies first. There's also a lot of funny pop culture references, as well as several nods to current political issues.

In terms of production values, the new digital look I think suits Troma movies. The visuals are very colorful, making you feel like in a campy 90's high school flick. There's a lot of ingenuity in the jokes, but also a lot of slap stick.

A lot of folks don't like the new Cretins—which sing(!)—but I didn't mind them too much. The singing is so absolutely nonsensical that it just seemed right for a movie like this, which, after all, tries to be deliberately random.

What really makes "RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH VOLUME 1" stand out within the oeuvre of Troma movies is the excellent cast. The two female leads are very relatable, and the two of them together have some real energy. I also felt that Clay von Carlowitz's deliberately over-the-top performance as Eugene was absolutely hilarious, with a good sense of physicality.

All in all a nice, short-lived, campy session of good-old Troma entertainment.

Reviewed by byprozac 10 / 10

Great

Troma Fans will relish "Return to the Class of Nuke 'Em High" because it has the hottest girls (i.e. Leesa Rowland) and the campiest plot. When a young couple competes against the school glee club, they do not know what they are in for. The Cretins are the mutant gang the glee club has become and they infiltrate the school. The rest is cult film history. Definitely an essential part of the Troma titles.

Reviewed by aboingboing 5 / 10

Troma warmed up

I'm a fan of a lot of Troma movies. Lloyd Kaufman's sense of humor, his critical views on late capitalist society (seriously) and the gross-out gore often really hit the spot for me.

The upside of "Return to Nuke 'Em High" is that quite a bit of that old spirit is alive and kicking. The initial scene (couple has sex and gets gorily dismembered/dissolved) shows this - but is already a bit off. Troma always employed shameless overacting, but here and elsewhere it is taken too far into pure parody.

Troma also always accepted that some jokes would fall flat (OK, that a lot of jokes would be duds), but made up for it with sheer numbers and total insanity what it threw at you. Here, the hit ratio is lower than usual, though.

Troma was further always about the gratuitous nudity, and there is quite a bit here as well. However, the lesbian sex scene between the two (very likable) female leads was neither hot nor funny (and the use of soft-focus was way off if this was in any way intended to play on "Blue is the warmest color").

What's new for Troma is splitting a movie into two parts - and it's not a welcome change. Troma used to be about packing as much into a movie as possible, and here the lackluster pacing is somewhat explained by the "to be continued" (though, kudos for stopping at a shower scene!).

The verdict: If you're a Troma-aficionado, then by all means watch this. It's certainly not their worst release ever. I just found watching it quite a bit less fun than expected, so don't expect too much. If you don't know what Troma is, then watch at least "The Toxic Avenger" (I & IV) and "Troma's War", as both are better movies, before this.

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