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DVD review: 'Class of Nuke 'em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltown'

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'Class of Nuke 'em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltown'

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Aside from the 'Toxic Avenger' movies, Troma films only really produced one other series of movies. 'Class of Nuke 'Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown' aims to continue where the first one (sort of) left off.

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Roger (Brick Bronsky) is a reporter for the Tromaville Institute of Technology's newspaper. By 'reporter' I mean that Roger makes a few verbal observations about the unusual things that he witnesses into his portable tape recorder. This fine scholarly establishment was built upon the wreckage of Tromaville High School and funded by the Nukamama Corporation to atone for the previous film's occurrence.

At the insistence of Dean Okra (Scott Resnik), Professor Holt (Lisa Gaye) is running experiments deep within the school, trying to create subhumanoid mutants to be a cheap labor force. One such experiment pairs a creation named Victoria (Leesa Rowland) with an eager Roger who falls for Victoria. The trouble is, these beings are extremely unstable, eventually breaking down into quivering puddles of goo.

There is also a gang known as The Squirrels roaming around the school, creating a real nuisance. They are led by a blob of a man named Yoke (Michael Kurtz). For some reason, the narration also insists upon pointing out the fact that there are a number of actual squirrels romping around the school's grounds. Hmmm.

Will Roger be able to save Victoria? Will this horrible undertaking be exposed? Can Roger get his big story? Will the T.I.T. remain standing?

This time around, the acting, script (courtesy of SIX writers and one additional contributor!) and direction is even more feeble than before. It's hard to pick out an acceptable performance from the entire cast. Bleah. Perhaps the talking squirrel turned in the best work here but even he (it?) sounded suspiciously like a ripoff of Alvin and the Chipmunks. Bronsky was a strange choice for a lead in this because he is a buff fellow, and is treated like a nerd. He wasn't hired for his acting skills.

There are a lot of gags thrown in here. Some of them work in a very silly way, but there also seem to be a number of them that were added in post-production and simply create a running gag of Roger smelling badly. This film is also very meta in that Troma is referred to a few times, this is often acknowledged as a movie throughout and Toxie (from 'The Toxic Avenger') makes an appearance under the guise of him wandering onto the wrong set. This is really hit and miss at best, folks.

A few things to take away from this would be Tromie the toxic squirrel, mouths as subhumanoids' bellybuttons, the very image of Yoke, and some fairly nifty claymation. The budget seems to have been improved for this outing, but the resources aren't handled as efficiently as the first movie.

Special features include: nothing.

While 'Class of Nuke 'Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown' might have a handful of small chuckles, it really isn't worthwhile. Watch the original and leave it at that.

Rated R 100 minutes 1991

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