Return to Nuke 'Em High (2014)



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Quentin Tarantino has been a fan and friend of Troma for years, and when he made Kill Bill in two volumes to create an "Event Film," Lloyd Kaufman took note. "Michael Herz and I decided that to mark Troma's 40th year we, too, would produce an 'Event Film' in two volumes just like Quentin did," says Kaufman, "except slightly less lavish in the budget area." Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1 & 2, directed by Lloyd Kaufman, is a hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi "Event Film" with themes ripped straight from today's headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world's food supply, rampant bullying, and LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film, a revisiting of Troma's 1986 Class of Nuke 'Em High is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock 'n' Roll High School, and Carrie, but seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lesbian lovers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Can they and Kevin the Wonder Duck save Tromaville High School and the world? (c) Official site
Comedy , Horror
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Trashmeister director and co-writer Lloyd Kaufman delivers, if your order includes cracks about Jerry Sandusky and high school shootings along with Troma in-jokes and countless movie references.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Die-hard Troma buffs may be amused by all of this, and by the wink-wink references to such studio icons as the Toxic Avenger and Sgt. Kabukiman.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
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Mostly, "Return to Nuke 'Em High'' is an occasionally hilarious series of parodies: "Carrie,'' "Soylent Green,'' "Glee,'' "Cat Ballou,'' you name it.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014
New York Post
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Mr. Kaufman's talent can be debated, but his love for his job is stamped on every garish, oozy frame.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
New York Times
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Even if it weren't a quasi-remake of 1986's anarchic Class of Nuke 'Em High, it would still feel borrowed and shoddy: Back is the cheesy green-goo spouting out of heads as students turn "cretin" from toxic food.

Full Review… | January 8, 2014
Time Out
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Some clever ideas -- the new Cretins harmonize, setting their atrocities to barbershop quartet numbers -- don't negate the tired, exploitative nature of most of the action.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Return to Nuke 'Em High


First half feels like it could be the best Troma movie yet, but unfortunately it becomes pretty boring about half way through. A shame. Although I'm still excited about Vol. 2

Anatoly Shashkin
Anatoly Shashkin

The Troma genre Cuisinart spews out a self-referential, self-mocking gem. So much more effective, affecting, engaging, and sheer fun than seems possible with such a mishmash of elements. Kaufman's skill at making this 'formula' work is unrivaled.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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