Tromaville (See what they did there?) High School is right next to a nuclear power plant. A leaky nuclear power plant. You can already tell this isn't exactly the best of situations, right? First of all, the school's honor students turn into ultra-violent mutated thugs. Then, the school is menaced by a spiky nuclear mutant. And good, clean cut, boy-next-door Warren and his equally squeaky clean girlfriend, Chrissy, are caught in the middle.
This 1986 sci-fi/horror/comedy film was followed by two sequels in The '90s. Another follow up, titled Return to Nuke 'Em High and split into two parts, was announced to coincide with Troma's 40th anniversary; the first installment was released in 2013.
This movie contains examples of:
- Aborted Arc: Warren's Hulking Out is never dealt with again once he goes on the rampage a grand total of once.
- The Aggressive Drug Dealer: When they say "Buy our weed", they fucking mean it.
- Anvilicious: Nuclear waste is bad. Drugs are bad. Premarital sex is bad. Really, aside from all the gore and nudity, it's the most straight-laced movie Troma has ever done.
- Bad with the Bone: Gonzo uses one as a weapon.
- Balloon Belly: Overlaps with a good amount of Squick.
- Badass Bookworm: The Cretins were once the honor society before this mess.
- Body Horror: Mutated weed ends up mutating people in horrific ways.
- Chekhov's Gun: The laser in the school's lab is used in the first film's climax to kill a mutant and destroy the school.
- Eye Scream: The creature impales Gonzo through the eye, from behind.
- Fetus Terrible: The killer mutant is technically Chrissy's baby, although it came out the wrong end.
- Hulking Out: Happens to Warren at one point.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Causes every problem in the story.
- In Name Only: The sequels have only slightly more to do with the original than Troll 2 has to do with the first Troll.
- Load-Bearing Boss: Justified by the fact that the laser in story reacts violently with nuclear materials.
- Marijuana Is LSD: Justified in that it grows right next to the local nuclear plant.
- Medium Awareness: Everyone in the second sequel knows it's the second sequel and constantly claim things like "I thought you were killed at the end of Class of Nuke'em High 2".
- No OSHA Compliance: And how. The director of the nuclear plant dismisses any leaking of radioactive materials and seems more concerned with covering it up than solving the problem. When employees at the Tromaville Nuclear Utility start collapsing due to radiation poisoning, their colleagues don't even bat an eyelid with one of them even stepping right over his fallen workmate.
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Lampshaded by the second film's opening theme song, referring to it as a nuclear powered boogaloo.
- Our Presidents Are Different: By the time of Return to Nuke 'Em High, heavy metal god / Troma regular Lemmy Kilmister has been elected to the highest office in the land. He also continues to wear his trademark hat and jacket.
- The Quincy Punk: The Cretins are possibly the Quinciest Punks who ever Quincy Punked.
- Title Drop: In Class of Nuke'em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: The .44 Magnum is the weapon of choice for the Cretins.
- Spikes Of Monsterdom: The nuclear mutant is covered in these.
- Understatement: (After the school has been reduced to rubble) "Tromaville high will be closed temporarily for our remodeling."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A few of the Cretins remain unacounted for in the finale. Justified, as they probably blew up with the school.