Cult Movies 101- Episode 26: Class of Nuke ‘em High Part 3: The Good, The Bad and The Subhumanoid
“Class of Nuke ‘em High Part 3: The Good, The Bad and The Subhumanoid” takes place directly after the events of “Class of Nuke ‘em High Part 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown” with Tromie, the mutated squirrel, still on a raging rampage. And it is on that very image that Troma Team Video launched their own distribution label to market their films. This was due to the general lack of respect the major companies had when they handled their releases and only Troma would launch a new chapter for their films, especially with a piece of junk like this.
However, this is not your usual piece of junk, but rather one that can be easily viewed and enjoyed if your aware of what to expect. “The Good, The Bad and The Subhumanoid” feels as if it is comprised of deleted scenes from the sequel “Subhumanoid Meltdown.” Not only that, but you get the sense the audio was lost on this scenes and dubbed poorly by Lloyd Kaufman and company. Then you have a series of scenes that are so poorly shot that narration is added to fill you in on what is actually going on.
Then cameos by Toxie, Ron Jeremy and an overly abundant use of the word Subhumanoid are sprinkled in to provide one of the most bizarre midnight movie experiences of your life. Within 100 minutes, your mind slowly stops wondering what the hell is going on and a bit of relaxed joy can’t help but come over you, and afterward you might have trouble explaining the appeal of it. But the funny thing is that it is an enjoyable mess and you get exactly what the title promises.
In the trailer, Brick Bronsky is billed in three roles, as Roger (The Mayor), Adlai, Dick Smith and in the actual credits, he is also billed for the role of Baby Moishe Smith. Bronsky, who was a former wrestler, is a likeable leading man with a muscular build and is surprisingly funny with his line deliveries. With the three major roles, he is able to pull them off and it is easy to distinguish between them. Roger the mayor wears a white suit and a pin, which states he is the mayor, Dick (The Bad) has black hair and Adlai just wears a tank top and shorts.
Now here comes the odd premise. Twins born to Roger Smith from a Subhumanoid mother (Who dies at birth) contain glowing arms that when united, can have explosive results. Now, Dr. Slag, PhD. (John Tallman) wants to use that energy to make cheap nuclear weapons; the only problem is that neither twin knows of the others existence.
Troma uses that premise to make their usual lowbrow comedy bits throughout that is filled with radioactive monsters trying to take over Tromaville. For anyone interested in Troma movies, if you enjoy this picture then it is safe to say you are an official citizen of Tromaville.
Looking back on the legacy Troma has left so far, this movie is not nearly as offensive or mean spirited as their later pictures and is just silly fun for an open-minded audience.