Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Director Lloyd Kaufman leaves no stone unturned with his return to Tromaville, as he revives his iconic “Nuke Em High” series, except for a modern age. Though it’s teeming with eighties flavor, including mutant punks that delight in mutilating unfortunate victims, Kaufman has a blast destroying most of society’s quirks and obnoxious qualities, including veganism, the obsession over social media, and how political movements are about being trendy and not actually caring. Despite many years to polish their films, and hone their craft, the return to Nuke ‘Em High is still an ugly and offensive film, but damned funny to boot.

I cringed at many of the jokes that aimed for the gut, but Kaufman keeps the laughter consistent with clever one liners, and hilarious sight gags. I had a ball, to say the least. A character actually outright points out that worry about radiation and waste are completely out of style, so much of what occurs in the film is due to radiation, but not completely attributed to the toxic waste that birthed Troma. Now a CEO has banked on organic food, and wouldn’t you know it? It’s not completely organic. Especially when two factory workers break in to the basement for some lovin’, and accidentally break a pipe unleashing waste, during their heated session. When the local school glee club (also the school’s band of misfits) decide to indulge in vegan tacos for lunch, they don’t realize they’ve consumed tainted food.

The tacos begin to have a shocking effect on anyone that hasn’t eaten them, and soon the glee club are a politically incorrect, violent band of mutant cretins that terrorize Tromaville, and delight in murdering the local town denizens. They especially have a good time ravaging closeted lesbian Lauren, whose own pet goose becomes a device of torture, that also accidentally infects her with waste. Surviving the confrontation, she and school blogger Chrissy confess their lust to one another and accidentally become cretins of their own, sporting a large lethal penis and acidic lactating breasts. Using those deformities, they strike back at the Cretins with revenge on their minds, as the cretins begin turning the town in to an army of monsters. “Return to Nuke ‘Em High, Vol. 1” ends on a cliffhanger, but it’s forgiven since Kaufman seems to be leading in to a violent war, that will be as distasteful and offensive as humanly possible. And I can’t wait for it.

The Blu-Ray comes packed with two audio commentaries. One garners actors Zac Amico, Clay von Carlowitz, Catherine Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek, and Asta Paredes, all of whom evoke a raucous mood, making for a hilarious and fun experience. The second commentary features director Lloyd Kaufman, with producer Justin A. Martell, executive producer Matt Manjourides, associate producer Regina Katz, and writer Travis Campbell. This one is much more by the numbers and based around the creation of the film, and how they developed the script, and exploring tidbits like camera problems.

“Casting Conundrum” is a seven minute look at Troma using social media to find fans and actors that love Troma that wanted to be in the film. “Pre-Production Hell with Mein-Kauf(Man)” is a ten minute glimpse in to the difficulties of filming during a certain period where the cast and Kaufman were on the brink of exploding with frustration. “Special (Ed) Effects” is a seven minute exploration of the gore and bloodshed present in the film, while “Cell-U-Lloyd Kaufman: 40 Years of Tromatising the World” is a brief look at the career of Kaufman with clips of many of his films. Finally, there’s the music video “Edison Device” from Architects of Fear, and the teaser trailer for “Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 2”!