This week, we are continuing our TroMarch collaboration with Damn, That’s Scary with probably the second most famous Troma film ever: Class of Nuke ‘Em High! Written and directed by Richard W. Haines, Michael Herz, and good ol’ Uncle Lloyd Kaufman (under that weird pseudonym Samuel Weil), the film takes us back to Tromaville, New Jersey. More specifically, we end up at Tromaville High.
This film features veterans of multiple other Troma films such as Toxic Avenger, Lexx, and Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space, which unless I am much mistaken, won Best Picture in 2016. Pat Ryan Jr. plays Mr. Paley. You may recall that he was in Street Trash, a film which is often mistaken for a Troma joint.
The title track was written and performed by Ethan Hurt and The Coup. Jake failed to mention that if you speed that song up to like 1.25x speed, it is a serious jammer.
The film had several sequels: Class of Nuke ‘Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, Class of Nuke ‘Em High 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid, Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, and finally Return to Return to Nuke ‘EM High AKA Volume 2.
The original Nuke ‘Em featured some seriously gnarly creature effects. The biggest missed opportunity in film history was not putting this monster against one of those radioactive squirrels from the sequels.
This episode also features an interview with Nathan Baesel of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. We discuss his acting process, his teaching experience, and what plans are ahead for his career. We talk sequels, prequels, and the Leslie Vernon comicbook. You can find him on social medial @nbaesel.
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