Every scene has something wild in it.
[Asta] Paredes and [Catie] Corcoran give really sincere performances. You really believe the relationship that forms… and it’s legitimately touching…. It’s really a triumph…
There’s nothing comparable to a Troma film, and Lloyd Kaufman is back to his old tricks with his fourth effort in this gratuitous franchise. Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 is not only a satirical assessment of our current society, but it’s a love-letter from Lloyd to his fans.
Tromaville High School has never felt so fresh and inviting, ripe with students just begging to be dismembered, pulverized, brutalized, and graphically maimed – which there’s plenty of. Kaufman’s newest high school romp is some of Troma’s best work, right on par with a personal favorite of mine called Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead.
This film has an extremely retro flavor, including the 80s-flavored theme song and typical teenage sterotypes: the heroine of modest means who just wants to save the world, poor little rich girl, dweeby nerds, fat guys, dumb jocks, etc.etc.etc. Director Lloyd Kaufman, in typical Troma style, takes all this and twists it into a hilarious, disgusting mess that both shocks and entertains the viewer.
Troma Entertainment – long known and loved for their indie-as-can-be horror-camp schlockfests – is back with another potent mix of soft porn, fart jokes, and gore. With a plot that both echoes and builds on 1986′s Class of Nuke ‘Em High, it turns out the power plant that caused so many problems – read: mutations and sexy times – the first time around has now been converted into an organic food factory. A couple of green tacos later, everything’s going crazy; and giant, cannibalistic penises are just the beginning.
In other words, there’s plenty to keep established Troma fans happy here – and if Friday night’s audience is to be taken as any kind of example, Troma fans love with a love that will last the ages. But be warned: while the plot of this film sounds satirical, the gags are all as cheap as can be, and need to be approached with the right kind of drunk attitude. Also, this is actually Volume 1 of the story, and boy, does it end abruptly. Those wishing to sample the delights of this low-budget company would probably be better off starting with something else. Poultrygeist, anyone?
Troma hijacked Cannes to hold a screening of their latest movie, and it was so much fun to see a movie with The Toxic Avenger in the audience while everyone else was dressed in a tux waiting to see Jim Jarmusch and Roman Polanski movies. The Tromaville nuclear power plant claims they’re going organic, but their chemicals still turn the Tromaville high students into cretinous mutants. It’s up to Chrissy (Asta Paredes) and Lauren (Catherine Corcoran) to expose the Tromorganic scam and save the high school. The fourth Nuke ‘Em High movie is as gory and titillating as ever, with plenty of offensive references to hot button topics. That’s awesome, but you will actually fall in love with Chrissy and Lauren as they fall in love with each other. I can’t wait for Volume 2.