The 1986 film Class of Nuke ‘Em High is a science fiction comedy film written & directed by Richard Haines and iconic filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman (who’s probably wearing a dirty tank top right now). Nuke ‘Em High is a Troma Entertainment production that stars Janelle Brady, Théo Cohan, Arthur Lorenz, Gil Brenton, Brad Dunker and Robert Prichard.
Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986) Movie Plot
In a small town in New Jersey (I can’t remember which one. It is an actual town that does exist.) Anyway the students at Tromaville High are affected by an accident at the nearby nuclear power plant (it’s not the town that Bruce Springsteen’s from that I remember).
As a consequence of this fission faux pas the water becomes radioactive and kills a student after he drinks from the water fountain. A gang of misfits called the Cretins start taking over the school, worsened by the increasing amounts of radiation in the town. A crazy party is held indoors, with a live band, themed as a bikini beach party.
Chrissy (played by Janelle Brady) is a good girl who is dating Warren (played by Gil Brenton). She is worried about the increasingly crazy party, and ends up smoking some radioactive weed. They have nightmares about horrible mutations, but then wake up to find that the hallucinations are not real. Chrissy finds that she is rapidly pregnant, and has some form of monster growing inside her. She spits out the monster from her throat, and the creature begins mutating even further upon contact with the radioactive water.
Warren, who is becoming irritated from the radiation, goes on a killing spree and battles the Cretins. The gang is expelled from the school but form an army, riding motorcycles around and terrorizing the students. They hold the school building hostage and capture Chrissy.
Warren tries to rescue her, and confronts the leader of the Cretins. Suddenly the monster, which has grown to enormous proportions, kills all of the Cretins. Warren kills the monster with a laser from the science lab, fleeing from the exploding school.
Meanwhile, inside the school, a radioactive monster baby squirms through the rubble, and the film ends.
Gil has a bachelor’s in communication, and attended film school in Los Angeles. He worked in film & media production for several years, traveling to over 45 countries, before cofounding a marketing company. Obsessed with feel-good 80s teen comedies, sword-and-sorcery films, and gritty sci fi noir, Gildner is a fan of the weird and campy. His favorite films include Blade Runner, Alien, Mad Max, and Drive.