There are many films that do not age well with time and sadly, Troma’s Class of Nuke ‘Em High is one of them. Some of the basic stuff still holds true, such as there being cliques in high school and kids pressured to do this or that, but the way it is portrayed is very out of date, though one has to think that it is at least somewhat exaggerated as well to make for a better movie. The main thing that really sticks out like a sore thumb is the fact that the film was most likely supposed to be funny and is definitely not that anymore if it ever was, perhaps humourous at best now.
What is most surprising, like many of Troma’s films, is that it does manage to be entertaining and that can be chalked up to the story with its irradiated teens committing all sorts of wanton behaviour, not to mention the strange being born from the local nuclear facility’s contamination of the area. As to that, the creature effects and the makeup used to make the teens look as they do actually looks better than one would think, there actually being some kind of budget to the picture. The monster is actually kind of frightening; the teens not so much with their behaviour being more scary than anything else, though thinking back, everybody did something they were probably not proud of during that time in their lives. For the most part, the film does fly by though, the pacing done well and there always being something going on whether it be school pranks, parties or fights. One thing that this movie does bring into question is just how the school managed to remain open as long as it did before all the radiation and ooze problems started as it definitely leaves much to be desired. As for those who star within, none really stood out more than any other though rooting for Warren and Chrissy as played by Gil Brenton and Janelle Brady was easier than cheering for anyone else.
The one thing that Troma is known for more than anything else, is throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks and with Class of Nuke ‘Em High, there was enough left to make for a pretty enjoyable outing. With some blood and gore, a little nudity for good measure and a lot of teens either drunk, high or getting killed and a monster to boot, the film is quite silly but at the same time, quite good as dated as it is.
3 out of 5