Troma has taken to the road to not only celebrate 40 awesome years of independent filmmaking, but also to debut the latest addition to the Tromaverse Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. In a world of remakes it was nice to see Troma return to the world began in 1986 with Class of Nuke ‘Em High and continue the story. One of the many stops the film has made was at the legendary Texas Theater in Oak Cliff on Sunday February 23rd. As if getting to check out the premiere of the film wasn’t enough, Troma founder, director, and independent film icon Lloyd Kaufman was in attendance to introduce the film, take pics, sign autographs and do a Q&A following the screening. All of this was a lot of fun, but does the film live up to the name Troma?
Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 heads back to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into hideous Cretins. Now two innocent lovers/bloggers must fight not only mutants and monsters, but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate, but will they be enough to save Tromaville High School and the world? Whether you have seen the original films or not, you can step into this one thanks to a recap featuring stock footage and a voice over by an awesome guest star you will be able to jump right in on the fun. This movie is vintage Troma with all the nudity, gore, grossness and fun you would expect from them. The story doesn’t veer too far from the original idea, but works to make it more current and uses every possible moment it can to mock and poke fun at the absurdities of today’s world and nothing is off limits. All of the classic gags are here as well as some cameos that some will recognize and others will just laugh regardless. Kaufman knows what he wants to make and never steers away from the goopy sexual ridiculous fun of it all and is exactly why it works. In someone else’s hands these kinds of films would crash and burn, but with Kaufman at the helm it brings the subtle charm to it that makes it feel like more than probably is. The performances are as cheesy and over the top as ever, which any true Troma fan would want it no other way. Some of the best moments are either so far out there they will either have you laughing or baffled in the confusing nature of it all as well as some great on screen character descriptions that had the audience laughing out loud. There are few filmmakers that can include running gags or plant easter eggs throughout the film in a variety of forms that will cause the audience to clap in excitement, but here Kaufman managed to pull it off numerous times. Be warned that there is a reason this film is named Volume 1 as it there is an obvious second part coming soon and the film does end on a cliffhanger.
Troma films are an acquired taste and if you aren’t sure you are a Troma fan you most likely aren’t or just haven’t had the chance to find out. There was no doubt that this audience knew what they were getting into and loved every minute of it. As mentioned above, Kaufman came out for a Q&A session after the film that was a lot of fun, but not in the over the top kind of way you may expect, but instead there were numerous moments of insight and wisdom from Kaufman that continues to show his true passion for independent filmmaking and supporting the art. In addition even Toxie, or at least a variation was in attendance taking pics with fans and even checked out the film for himself to make sure it lived up to the Troma name and form the look of his reaction it is a resounding yes. Of course he could have been there just scoping out the competition as Kaufman announced that they are prepping to kick off making Toxic Avenger 5 that had the fans cheering in excitement.
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