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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 Blu-ray Review

Created: 03/24/2014 2:52 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

Some of the most outrageous and shocking horror films that I have ever seen have been made by a film company called Troma Entertainment. 

Troma Films are very well known for excessive amount of violence, gore, and humor.

This past weekend I got the chance to watch Anchor Bay Film’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” on Blu-ray.  I really enjoyed it a lot and had a great time watching it.

I have seen just about every film made by Troma, and “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” is one of the best films that I have seen.

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High” was directed by Lloyd Kaufman and stars Catherine Corcoran (The Lonely Bones), Asta Paredes (Occupy Cannes!”), Debbie Rochon, and Lemmy Kilmiester.

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High” takes place at Tromaville High School, and things get really crazy when the glee club gets mutated into a bunch of trouble-making punks when they eat a bunch of radioactive taco meat.  You heard me correctly; I am not making this up.   The taco meat was made by a company called Tromoranic Foodstuffs Conglomerate which is located on the same ground that a nuclear power plant stood on before it was destroyed.  Two girls must now stop the mutated glee club from terrorizing their school and also stop Tromoranic Foodstuffs Conglomerate from making more contaminated food.

I really thought the story was great.  It was silly, cleverly written and full of hilarious jokes and gags.

The special effects looked really bad and goofy, but yet they were pretty amazing, if that makes any sense.  You almost have to see the film to understand what I am talking about, and then after you see it, you will say, oh yeah, I get it.

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” was selected by the Museum of Modern Art as part of their 2013 “Contender Series” which include influential and innovative films that were made and released during the year.

There are a ton of special features that are very entertaining and great to watch.  The special features include:
 - Audio Commentary with actors, Zac Amico, Clay von Carlowitz, Catherine Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek, and Asta Parades
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Lloyd Kaufman, Producer Justin A. Martell, Executive Producer Matt Manjourides, Associate Producer Regina Katz and Writer Travis Campbell
 - Casting Conundrum
 -Pre-Production Hell with Mein-Kauf(Man)
 - Special (Ed) Effects
 - Cell-U-Lloud Kaufman: 40 Years of TROMAtising The World
 - “Architects of Fear – Edison Device” Music Video
 - Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2 Trailer

A few years ago I met Lloyd Kaufman and Crypticon and he was one of the nicest people I have met.  He took the time to answer all of my questions and was very funny.  After meeting Lloyd, I started to appreciate Troma films more.

I really enjoyed Anchor Bay Film’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1” a lot.  It us just a fun and entertaining movie to sit back and watch.  If you’re looking for a crazy rollercoaster of a film to watch, well then I would highly recommend “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1.”

“Return to Nuke Em High Volume 1” is not rated.

Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 Blu-ray Review

Some of the most outrageous and shocking horror films that I have ever seen have been made by a film company called Troma Entertainment. 

Troma Films are very well known for excessive amount of violence, gore, and humor.

This past weekend I got the chance to watch Anchor Bay Film’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” on Blu-ray.  I really enjoyed it a lot and had a great time watching it.

I have seen just about every film made by Troma, and “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” is one of the best films that I have seen.

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High” was directed by Lloyd Kaufman and stars Catherine Corcoran (The Lonely Bones), Asta Paredes (Occupy Cannes!”), Debbie Rochon, and Lemmy Kilmiester.

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High” takes place at Tromaville High School, and things get really crazy when the glee club gets mutated into a bunch of trouble-making punks when they eat a bunch of radioactive taco meat.  You heard me correctly; I am not making this up.   The taco meat was made by a company called Tromoranic Foodstuffs Conglomerate which is located on the same ground that a nuclear power plant stood on before it was destroyed.  Two girls must now stop the mutated glee club from terrorizing their school and also stop Tromoranic Foodstuffs Conglomerate from making more contaminated food.

I really thought the story was great.  It was silly, cleverly written and full of hilarious jokes and gags.

The special effects looked really bad and goofy, but yet they were pretty amazing, if that makes any sense.  You almost have to see the film to understand what I am talking about, and then after you see it, you will say, oh yeah, I get it.

“Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” was selected by the Museum of Modern Art as part of their 2013 “Contender Series” which include influential and innovative films that were made and released during the year.

There are a ton of special features that are very entertaining and great to watch.  The special features include:
 - Audio Commentary with actors, Zac Amico, Clay von Carlowitz, Catherine Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek, and Asta Parades
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Lloyd Kaufman, Producer Justin A. Martell, Executive Producer Matt Manjourides, Associate Producer Regina Katz and Writer Travis Campbell
 - Casting Conundrum
 -Pre-Production Hell with Mein-Kauf(Man)
 - Special (Ed) Effects
 - Cell-U-Lloud Kaufman: 40 Years of TROMAtising The World
 - “Architects of Fear – Edison Device” Music Video
 - Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2 Trailer

A few years ago I met Lloyd Kaufman and Crypticon and he was one of the nicest people I have met.  He took the time to answer all of my questions and was very funny.  After meeting Lloyd, I started to appreciate Troma films more.

I really enjoyed Anchor Bay Film’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1” a lot.  It us just a fun and entertaining movie to sit back and watch.  If you’re looking for a crazy rollercoaster of a film to watch, well then I would highly recommend “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1.”

“Return to Nuke Em High Volume 1” is not rated.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.


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