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Class of Nuke 'Em High -- Readin', writin' and radiation!   When the nuclear power plant next door springs a leak, the students of Tromaville High begin mutating into psycho-punk freaks!
Class of Nuke 'Em High -- The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker.


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12 December 1986 (USA) See more »
It rotted their bodies. It corrupted their minds. And thats's the good news. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Janelle Brady ... Chrissy

Gil Brenton ... Warren (as Gilbert Brenton)
Robert Prichard ... Spike
Pat Ryan ... Mr. Finley (as R.L. Ryan)
James Nugent Vernon ... Eddie
Brad Dunker ... Gonzo
Gary Schneider ... Pete
Théo Cohan ... Muffey
Gary Rosenblatt ... Greg
Mary Taylor ... Judy
Rick Howard ... Spud
Lauren Heather McMahon ... Taru (as Heather McMahan)
Chris McNamee ... Joe

Anthony Ventola ... George
Arthur Lorenz ... Dewy
Donald O'Toole ... Mr. Westly
Seth Oliver Hawkins ... Lumpy
Lerae Dean ... Cathy
Reuben Guss ... Mr. Hyde
Jennifer Babtist ... Miss Stein (as Diana DeVries)
Lauraine Austin ... Mr. Austin
Dianna Flaherty ... Denise (as Dianna-Jean Flaherty)
Sloane Herz ... Tromaville Kiddies
Lily Hayes Kaufman ... Tromaville Kiddies (as Lilly Hayes Kaufman)
Don Costello ... Nuclear Worker
Frank Cole ... Mr. Flint
Sam Scardino ... Mr. Hansch
Barbara Ann Missbach ... Barbi
Andy Newton ... Beethoven
Skip Hamra ... Nuclear Worker in Basement
Donnie Reynolds ... Tom
Joe Severino ... Jimmy
Jeffrey Grossi ... Bill
Maezie Murphy ... Mrs. Crabtree

Rick Collins ... Ron Simms
Bob Schenck ... Harry
Belle Maria Wheat ... Mrs. Murphy
Libby Miller ... Mugged Woman

Ronald E. Giles ... Dr. Herz (as Ron Giles)
Donna Nardo ... Girl on Party Steps
Ann McCabe ... Westly's Secretary
Kitty Alson ... Gym Teacher
Thomas Feeney ... Orderly

Richard W. Haines ... Dr. Howard
Leonard Tepper ... Bald Teacher
Nicky Baker ... Bake Sale Person
Seth Kadish ... Bake Sale Person
Louise Edwards ... Bake Sale Person
Ava Kelly ... Bake Sale Person

Elizabeth Lambert ... Bake Sale Person (as Elizabeth [Locky] Lambert)
Gerald Willaidom ... Bake Sale Person
Gersa Arias ... Bake Sale Person
Glaurys Arias ... Bake Sale Person

Brian Quinn ... Monster
Erika Zatt ... Group at Party
Michael Popowitz ... Group at Party
Jon Kurtis ... Muscle Man
Virginia Kurtis ... Muscle Man's Chick
Kevin G. Shinnick ... Nuclear Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Bresnahan ... Kid at Party (uncredited)
Jeffrey Gish ... Bake Sale Person (uncredited)
Michael Herz ... Teacher (uncredited)
Kevin Schmidt ... Bob (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard W. Haines 
Lloyd Kaufman  (as Samuel Weil)
Writing credits
Richard W. Haines (screenplay) &
Mark Rudnitsky (screenplay) &
Lloyd Kaufman (screenplay) &
Stuart Strutin (screenplay)

Richard W. Haines (original story)

Graham Flashner (additional material written by)

Produced by
Michael Herz .... producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... producer
Stuart Strutin .... associate producer
James Treadwell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ethan Hurt 
Michael Lattanzi 
Cinematography by
Michael Mayers (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard W. Haines 
Casting by
Ann McCabe 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lorenz 
Art Skopinksy 
Makeup Department
Leslie Delano .... makeup assistant
Trish More .... makeup assistant (as Trish Moré)
Production Management
Eileen Nad Castaldi .... production supervisor
Sandra Byrd Curry .... production manager
Art Skopinsky .... post-production manager
Elizabeth Whitman .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann McCabe .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Chichester .... sound editor
Mark Pancza .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Wilfred Caban .... pyrotechnician
Scott Coulter .... special effects makeup
Scott Coulter .... special effects
Kay Gelfman .... special effects supervisor
Tom Lauten .... animatronic creature construction
Tom Lauten .... animatronic creature designer
Brian Quinn .... special effects makeup
Brian Quinn .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Theo Pingarelli .... matte photographer
Theo Pingarelli .... special matte effects
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Gibson)
Andrew Newton .... stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Pamela Auditore .... gaffer
Alex Aurichio .... camera assistant: second unit
Donald Bialer .... grip: second unit (as Don Bialer)
Bonnie Blake .... camera assistant: second unit
Denise Brassard .... camera operator: second unit
Geb Byers .... assistant camera
Jim Grib .... associate director of photography
Jim Grib .... lighting director
Lloyd Kaufman .... camera operator
Marc Kroll .... lighting director
Leonard Marks .... gaffer: second unit
Michael Mayers .... camera operator (as Mike Mayers)
Andrew Newton .... assistant grip
Nelson Otero .... key grip
Theo Pingarelli .... camera operator: second unit
Chris Rotter .... grip: second unit
Craig Stockwell .... assistant grip
Victor Taplin .... camera assistant: second unit
Casting Department
Graham Flashner .... associate casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Michael Reefer .... assistant costume director (as John Reefer)
Ivy Rosovsky .... costume director
Editorial Department
Terry Brown .... post-production assistant
Brad Dunker .... assistant editor
Gordon Grinberg .... assistant editor
Ted Knighton .... assistant editor
Nilson Neuschotz .... apprentice editor
Alan J. Polyniak .... associate editor
Justin G. Rosenholtz .... post-production coordinator
James Nugent Vernon .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Barreto .... original songs
David Behennah .... original songs
Biohazard .... composer: nightmare music
Clive Burr .... original songs
Transportation Department
Nicholas Gregory .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cinde Berkowitz .... location manager
Carol Claverie .... production office coordinator
Burt Cohen .... accountant: nuclear
Thomas Feeney .... craft service
Debbie Fritz .... bookkeeper: nuclear
Dan Frye .... production apprentice (as Daniel Frye)
Maris Herz .... administrative executive
Michael Herz .... presents
Ira Kanarick .... accountant: nuclear
Charles Kaufman .... creative consultant: nuclear
Lloyd Kaufman .... presenter
Patricia Kaufman .... administrative executive (as Pat Swinney Kaufman)
Ruth Kaufman .... technician: nuclear
Stanley Kaufman .... attorney: nuclear
Susan Kaufman .... creative consultant: nuclear
Roger Kirby .... attorney: nuclear
Kim Meltzer .... craft service
Gary Moscowitz .... accountant: nuclear
Alan J. Polyniak .... production consultant
Milton Zeiberg .... attorney: nuclear
Dennis Souder .... special thanks

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85 min | Japan:96 min | Sweden:76 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (2014) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1992) | Finland:(Banned) (1987) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Italy:VM18 (tv rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | UK:18 | USA:R (MPAA rating) | West Germany:18
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The Monster is never seen in a full shot as the entire costume was never finished. They only had bits and pieces that were used as a puppet (hands, face, legs etc.)See more »
Revealing mistakes: The ambulance that picks Chrissy up from the high school, though bringing her to local Tromaville Medical Center, clearly says MEDICAL CENTER Jersey City on the back doors.See more »
Warren:You're not going to poison anymore kids!See more »
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What are the differences between the US Unrated Director's Cut and the Extended Version?
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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious trash flick!, 25 October 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

When it comes to stupid trash films, Troma have no equal; and while the vast majority of their output is absolute rubbish, now and again you'll find a few gems in the rough; and unlikely as it may seem, Class of Nuke 'Em High is one such gem. The film presents a post-apocalyptic style similar to that seen in films such as The Warriors and Escape From New York, and blends it with the idea of a school being run by several students; which is reminiscent of the hit thriller Class of 1984. This is all then mixed in with stoner culture; as its toxic weed that causes all the problems, and you have a recipe for a successful trash flick. The film opens with a 'routine nuclear evacuation drill' at Tromaville High; a school situated next to a nuclear power plant. One kid goes mental, and it's not long before we see that a local gang are buying weed from a nuclear plant worker and selling it to the kids at school. The weed grows faster than normal; and there's a reason for that, as toxic waste has contaminated it and pretty soon the kids of Tromaville High start acting rather strangely...

If this film was made by any other production company; I'd probably say it has a point to make about the advent of nuclear power, but since this is Troma it's clear that they've simply lifted a common fear and turned it into a schlock film. There's absolutely no point to it; but seeing all the general carnage is a lot of fun, and director Richard W. Haines isn't afraid to go completely over the top, despite the obvious limitations of his special effects budget. The film plays out something like a zombie movie; although there are influences from other sources, and not all the afflicted characters turn into mindless beings. The gang at the centre of the film is an interesting troupe, and their style fits the jokey tone of the film very well. It's good to see a film like this that has a sense of humour, and absolutely nothing in the film is to be taken seriously; shown best by the fact that the central location is 'Tromaville', and is the 'toxic chemical capital of the world'! The special effects towards the end get a little silly, but it's all in good fun; and while this movie won't be to everyone's tastes, if you enjoy schlock horror - you'll love this!

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