Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2 (2017)

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After we were introduced to a new brand of Cretins in Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Now, it’s time to return to Nuke ‘Em High in the long-awaited conclusion!

Lauren, who had been assaulted and forced to have a mutated duck kiss her by the Cretins, was revealed to rapidly give birth to a mutated monster in the high school showers at Tromaville High. Between her recent issue and the Cretins wreaking havoc, the President of the United States is terribly worried about the effects of toxic waste and nuclear power at the high school, courtesy of Tromaorganics head honcho Lee Harvey Herzkauf.

Chrissy, Lauren’s girlfriend, has been actively trying to expose Herzkauf’s colors and gets in trouble with Principal Wesley. Her relationship with Lauren gets exposed on a local television show, but that’s not the worst part. Chrissy learns her longtime friend Zac had set her up because he’s grown tired of being an outcast. Things get ramped up when Lauren’s mutated duck Kevin slowly grows into a human-duck hybrid monster and Herzkauf himself becomes mutated and becomes a monster who wreaks havoc when the Cretins take over the school. With no other option, Lauren and Chrissy must find a way to end the chaos once and for all.

There have been many “WTF” movies over the course of history, and some of those come courtesy of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. When in 2013, we were treated to a reimagining of their classic Class of Nuke ‘Em High in Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1, it was a chaotic mind[censored] of excesses combined with elements of the original film. And it ended on a cliffhanger…while fans had to wait a few years due to post-production issues that forced Troma to do a Kickstarter to complete the film, the end result is here.

And while Troma have done many WTF films, this is yet their bravest WTF film to date. The opening of the film pays tribute to another horror classic, with even the opening credits done in the same font as this particular film. It is none other than Carrie, and we’re talking the DePalma 1976 version. But instead of one of our heroes getting her cycle, Catherine Corcoran’s Lauren takes the Nuke ‘Em High Chrissy route and begins to give birth…and it is more than a monster. In a hilarious nod to what we missed over the last few years, one of the items is a Blu-Ray of…Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1.

In another of the film’s most insane moments, we see the traitorous Zac, reprised by Zac Amico, getting duped into getting full on naked in hopes to find Lauren and Chrissy and finding himself in a situation with the principal that is of Borat-like status and for those who have seen the Sacha Baron Cohen-film, you know exactly where this is going. The Cretins are still doing their thing but amped up with the fact that like Lauren, they spew up toxic acid that well, in the case of the science professor, makes him lose his eyes…literally. And there are some other nice twists and turns that make this a worthy Troma-tic reboot.

However, there is one hilarious moment in the film that takes away from the story, but this is Troma, so it’s obviously forgiven. It involves the real Lloyd Kaufman, and not his character Herzkauf, in the ending room with co-writer/editor Travis Campbell during a very pivotal moment of the film which has a surprise Troma-tic cameo from the original Melvin, Mark Torgl, of The Toxic Avenger. The scene finds Lloyd getting quite a reaming from fellow producer and his wife, Patricia Kaufman, because of an excess with a certain well, you can use your imagination. This scene is so funny as heck because Patricia was the New York City Film Commissioner during the early Troma days of The Toxic Avenger and all that, so to see her act like the MPAA in a way, is quite funny and Lloyd, wanting to keep his vision and yet, listen to Patricia does the one thing he can to come to a “compromise”.

Look out for a flash mob involving the cast dancing to Ethan and the Coup’s original theme song during the end credits. It will make you want to dance as well.

So, in the end, Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2 is the bravest WTF film to come out of Troma. You know? There should be a subgenre of exploitation films called “WTF Films” with Troma as the pioneers. Because this one really is one of the best “WTF Films” I’ve seen in recent years!

WFG RATING: A

A Troma Team Production. Director: Lloyd Kaufman. Producers: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz, Justin A. Martell, and Patricia S. Kaufman. Writers: Lloyd Kaufman, Derek Dressler, Travis Campbell, and Gabriel Friedman. Cinematography: Justin Duval and Charlotte Kaufman. Editing: Travis Campbell.

Cast: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Clay von Carlowitz, Stefan Dezil, Gabriella Fuhr, Zac Amico, Vito Trigo, Lloyd Kaufman, Babette Bombshell, Reiki Tsuno, Mike Baez, Tara E. Miller, Mark Quinnette, Jim Sheppard, Lemmy Kilmister, Josh Potter, Lauren Sylvester, Mark Torgl, Adam P. Murphy, Debbie Rochon, Ron Mackay, Brenda Rickert.

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