Janelle Brady and Gil Brenton in Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)

High School High

When there is another leak at the Tromaville nuclear power plant the fat boss demands they just do a clean up rather than report it as he doesn't want the inspectors showing up. But soon the effects of the leak are being felt at the Tromaville High School where one student after drinking toxic water jumps out of window, frothing from the mouth as his face melts. But that is not the worst of it as when the school's gang of mutant freaks get their hands on drugs grown at the factory things get even wilder especially for teen sweethearts Warren (Gilbert Brenton) and Chrissy (Janelle Brady) as well as anyone who comes across the monster in the boiler room.

I've watched movies in the past where the plot doesn't really matter but I don't think I have come across anything quite like "Class of Nuke 'Em High" as this is al about three things; look, performances and enthusiasm. Oh and there is one other thing; an utter sense of bemusement as somehow this low budget movie works and once watched it is certainly never forgotten.

In truth "Class of Nuke 'Em High" is almost indescribable as it is visually insane from the comedy of the hose coming apart at the Nuclear plant to spill out toxic waste to the look of the Cretins, the gang of mutants at the school who look like cavemen crossed with punks. Toss in a beach party at the school which gives us lots of young girls in bikinis and a memorable scene after as are two clean cut students get horny after a hit of toxic reefer and it is insane. But with everyone of the cast throwing themselves into it with endless enthusiasm and perfectly over the top performances it is so much fun.

What is actually surprising is that whilst a low budget b-movie with some intentionally cheesy special effects some of them end up being quiet good, in fact some of the effects involving the make up work are quite spectacular. It makes "Class of Nuke 'Em High" curious because whilst on one hand it is full on low budget b-movie there are elements of it including some of the humour which is superior to what you would typically find in this sort of movie.

What this all boils down to is that "Class of Nuke 'Em High" is much better than you would might imagine and whilst in many ways the energy and enthusiasm carries the movie some of the special effects and comedy is much better than you might have expected. What I will say is that "Class of Nuke 'Em High" is one of those movies which you need to watch to understand why it is so popular as it is the experience which makes the movie.