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Copyright 1986 TNT Co/Troma Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Warren - Clean cut high school boy who does not want to pressure his girlfriend about sex. Yes, he is a putz.
  • Chrissy - Warren's girlfriend, she would really like to try out this neat biological behavior her hormones are urging, but her boyfriend is a putz.
  • Eddie - Every group has a wild and crazy type right? Well he is the group's wild, crazy, and inept persona.
  • Greg - I think he was going for the Duckie look.
  • Mr. Finley - Plant manager for the nuclear facility, they must have well stocked cafeterias. Only a few feet from ground zero when the school explodes.
  • The Cretins - Violent gang which used to be the school honor society. All have names like "Spike" or "Gonzo." All were voted "most likely to die in this movie."
  • The Mutant - Part porcupine and part head cold, this product of Chrissy and Warren's first sexual encounter hides out in the school's basement for most of the film. Explodes after being shot with a laser.

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The Plot: 

The actions and behavior of high school students is such a chaotic mess that blaming it all on nuclear waste seems plausible enough. The only problem is that when Susie exclaims, "Hey! What are these, where did they come from?" she is rarely talking about another set of hands. Not that nuclear energy isn't a safe way to grow more arms.

After an accident at the nearby nuclear plant contaminates the area none of Tromaville's students are sprouting limbs, but a few side effects are being exhibited. One nerd drinks icky black water then freaks out, even turns into a totally different person upon jumping out a window, then back into himself on making contact with the asphalt. It's almost as if they used a normally built stuntman to take the place of the very thin nerd...

Plant officials deny any problems, even though bubbling slime can be found around the school and the honor society is heavy into piercing and hair dye these days. I still wonder how so much radioactive waste made it to the school from the plant, maybe it was downhill?

Orbiting around the center of the universe, comprised of Warren and Chrissy, is a close group of friends. Unfortunately they are very good at getting the pair of goody two-shoes in trouble. After being pressured into smoking radioactive marijuana (obtained from the Cretins of course) the two begin fornicating with gusto. Both are pleased with the end result, but experience dizzy spells and hallucinations over the next few days. Warren in particular has some twisted dreams probably associated with feelings of inadequacy. Meanwhile, the young lady is pregnant and coughs up her offspring. You heard me, she coughs it up into the school toilet. It's a mutant!

The mutant does what most of his kind do, he hides out in dark places and eats anyone hapless enough to stumble across the lair. When the film is nearly over he decides a short pilgrimage is in order and climbs out of the toxic waste barrel. What do mutants do on pilgrimages? Why, look for the meaning of life of course. This involves punching holes in people and twisting off heads, probably as good an approach as any other.

Convoluted as things are they do come together with Warren trying to save Chrissy from the Cretins. When Mr. Mutant starts his end of the film rampage blood flows red in the hallways.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Fallout shelters are excellent makeout spots.
  • Students bring a change of clothes to school every day.
  • Frat houses look like dance clubs on the inside.
  • Never punch a nuclear mutant.
  • Sometimes girls spit up tadpoles.
  • Murphy's Law applies to urine samples.
  • High schools stock radioactive isotopes in sufficient quantities to destroy the building if an accident were to happen.
  • Women can urinate while standing if they really want to.
  • Blood is used as cold cream in some subcultures.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Making good use of those little battery operated flashers I see...
  • 14 mins - Notice the mouthguard. Now you see it, now you don't, now you see it again.
  • 35 mins - He must have accidentally entered another house, that is not the inside of the one we saw him walking toward.
  • 42 mins - Feeling bloated Chrissy? Take a Midol or something.
  • 50 mins - That will teach you to put a huge ring in your nose. Hurts doesn't it?
  • 53 mins - Perhaps Roseanne Barr is not guilty of the worst rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."


  • Eddie: "There's no radiation around here."
  • Science Teacher: "If you were to aim this laser at the radioactive isotope samples we have here this whole building would be blown into oblivion and you with it!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note nukehigh1.wav Plant Worker: "Radioactive water is leaking from sub level three, it could contaminate the whole town!"
Manager: "That's not so bad. Block off the area, scrub it down just to be safe."
Green Music Note nukehigh2.wav Spike: "Why don't you go play with some plutonium or something huh? Leave us alone!"
Green Music Note nukehigh3.wav Principal: "What's happened to you people? Six months ago you were the honor society, not a drug pushing gang of thugs."
Green Music Note nukehigh4.wav Some Dude: "Holy shit, what is all this green stuff? Yeecchhh!"
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Annoying isn't she? Don't worry, this is the beginning of the rampage. Our mutated friend will be putting a claw through her face (and out the back of her head) in about eight seconds.

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Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #1. Posted on September 19, 2000, 09:09:48 PM by Big Kitty
Class of Nuke 'Em High is probably the greatest movie ever made.  If not the greatest, then it is most definitely present in the top three.  Or whatever.  Either way it's a damn fine movie.  

I would give it five f**king green teardrops.  You didn't.  But I don't really care.  You're still cool.
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by PRIAN
   Pretty much this was the gateway movie for me leading to most of the B-movies that have seen if it was not for USA UP ALL NIGHT back in the day when that cable station was atleast decent I would've been doomed for life!!!!!!!!
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #3. Posted on January 15, 2001, 08:45:10 AM by Cham
Troma does it again. Not as good as Toxic Avenger or Tromeo and Juliet, but close. I give it a 3.5/5.
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by steve flynn
this movie was pretty f**kin funny. although not as gorey as i expected. but that may be because i've got a copy thats been butchered by the bbfc. i would really like to get hold of a first release uncut copy with the origional cover because it looks so much better than the re release.part2 was pretty messed up. and to l murphy no unfortunatly there never was a part 4.
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by bleh
I do recall...watching this movie on USA when I was in 6th grade at a sleepover.  No, no, wait that was the 2nd one or 3rd one...whichever on had the chick with the big any case, it warped my fragile little mind in such a good way and turned me into a b movie freak.  Of course, if Freud were to analyze me, he'd say it was my unspoken attraction to my mother or father or great aunt that caused me to love buckets of fake blood, gor, and vital organs so much.  Hmmm..
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #6. Posted on April 19, 2002, 06:38:53 PM by sadist
class of nuke em high spawned class of nuke high2 -which had the most terrorfying creature ever--TROMIE, the giant vomit spewing mutoid squirrel!  i still have bad dreams about it ...
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by LG
Yeah, great movie but there should be more gore scenes. for example like Peter Jacksons "braindead" or "bad taste".
if your gonna make them cheap and humourous, ya gotta chuck loads of gore in. the gore you used was the correct stuff, but needs lots more scenes with it.
keep making em.
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jake
Like other reviewers have said...this movie was a favorite on USA Up All Night on saturdays back when TV was giving twisted B movies a chance on late night tv even us cretins that stay up to 5 in the morning can't catch any classic B movie twisted films..and Class Of Nuke Em High was one of my favorites growing up..Toxic Avenger introduced me to Troma at such a young age..even though I had all the Toxic Crusader toys my parents had forbidden me to see the movies from the video least Class Of Nuke Em High was there to warp my head ...classic
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