Class of Nuke 'Em High Part 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991)

R | 96 mins | Science fiction, Comedy | 29 March 1991

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HISTORY

The 19 Dec 1989 HR reported a Feb 1990 start for principal photography, referring to the film by its working title, Subhumanoid Meltdown: Class of Nuke’Em High Part II. Filming actually began 8 Jun 1990, as noted in the 17 Jul 1990 HR. On 8 Jun 1990, The Yuma Daily Sun reported the working title as The Pink Flower II, describing it as a sequel to Class of Nuke’Em High (1986, see entry). Photography was scheduled through 16 Jun 1990 at Kofa High School in Yuma, AZ. The director requested local residents, ages eighteen to twenty-five, to audition as background actors.
       According to the 26 Mar 1991 HR, the film, officially titled Class of Nuke’Em High Part 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, opened 29 Mar 1991 in Los Angeles, CA. The initial screening, described as “the Los Angeles theatrical premiere,” was dedicated to film producer Walter Manley. Reviews were mixed. While the 15 Apr 1991 Var used adjectives such as “unfunny” and “amateurish,” the 28 Mar 1991 HR facetiously compared the picture with the critically acclaimed Dances With Wolves (1990, see entry), and the May 1991 Box asserted that it offered contemporary cinema a needed infusion of “dumb.”
       The line producer/co-screenwriter is listed variously as Jeffrey W. Sass and Jeffery W. Sass.
       End credits include the following joke credits: "Unoriginal story: I. Kaint Right"; “Dialogue deleted: ‘Why you dirty ****!!!’”; “Elevator music: 2001 Strings Play Punk Classics”; “People who did not act in this ... More Less

The 19 Dec 1989 HR reported a Feb 1990 start for principal photography, referring to the film by its working title, Subhumanoid Meltdown: Class of Nuke’Em High Part II. Filming actually began 8 Jun 1990, as noted in the 17 Jul 1990 HR. On 8 Jun 1990, The Yuma Daily Sun reported the working title as The Pink Flower II, describing it as a sequel to Class of Nuke’Em High (1986, see entry). Photography was scheduled through 16 Jun 1990 at Kofa High School in Yuma, AZ. The director requested local residents, ages eighteen to twenty-five, to audition as background actors.
       According to the 26 Mar 1991 HR, the film, officially titled Class of Nuke’Em High Part 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, opened 29 Mar 1991 in Los Angeles, CA. The initial screening, described as “the Los Angeles theatrical premiere,” was dedicated to film producer Walter Manley. Reviews were mixed. While the 15 Apr 1991 Var used adjectives such as “unfunny” and “amateurish,” the 28 Mar 1991 HR facetiously compared the picture with the critically acclaimed Dances With Wolves (1990, see entry), and the May 1991 Box asserted that it offered contemporary cinema a needed infusion of “dumb.”
       The line producer/co-screenwriter is listed variously as Jeffrey W. Sass and Jeffery W. Sass.
       End credits include the following joke credits: "Unoriginal story: I. Kaint Right"; “Dialogue deleted: ‘Why you dirty ****!!!’”; “Elevator music: 2001 Strings Play Punk Classics”; “People who did not act in this film: Eduard Shevardnadze, Debbie Gibson, Jodi Foster, Zsa Zsa Gabor”; “Guffer: Bill Old Goat”; “Goofer: Lott O. Noyes”; “Key gripe: ‘Food stinks’”; “Key grope: Joy’s left thigh”; “Golf grip: ‘Keep thumbs locked’”; “Production unsound: I. Yam Broque”; “Nothing special effects: Food on Troma movie set”; “Stunt your growth: Smoking cigars at age three”; “Smart dresser: H.R.H. Prince Charles”; “Noisy photographer: Joe ‘Whiskey’ Waternerd”; “Fly casting: Many Mackeral”; “Location Loitering: Fifty dollar fine”; “Subhumanoid beekeeper: I. M. Honey”; “White House correspondent: Charles D. Kaufman.”
       End credits include the following statements: “Special thanks to: Valmar Oleska, Theatre of Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Calabasas High School (Las Virgenes Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA); Mayor Bob Tippett & the people of Yuma, Arizona”; “Thank you: Arizona Western College; Dick’s 25 Hour Towing; Ellis Mercantile; Galpin Ford; Roger George Studio Rentals; Robert Hardy; Harry Hengl; Kofa High School; Lab Safety Supply; Nuclear Power Outfitters; Anita Olivar Studio 5; Ramada Inn; Renee Gaines, Plaza Travel; RGB Color Lab; Stembridge Gun Rentals, Inc.; Bob Stindt; Yvonne Taylor; Tri-Ess Sciences, Inc.; Young Generators”; “All animals were handled with the utmost care, and are never drugged or sedated”; “The cast and crew were also handled with the utmost care and are never drugged or sedated”; “The characters and events portrayed in this motion picture are purely fictional. Any resemblance to persons or squirrels living or dead is purely coincidental and nuts”; “This motion picture photoplay is protected pursuant to the provisions of the laws of the United States of America and other countries and any unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition of this photoplay may result in criminal prosecution as well as civil liability. Also we will tell your mother.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
May 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 1991
p. 10, 40.
Los Angeles Times
29 Mar 1991
p. 10.
New York Times
12 Apr 1991
p. 13.
The Yuma Daily Sun
8 Jun 1990.
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Variety
15 Apr 1991
p. 195.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Featuring:
Guest appearance by
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz Present
A Troma Team Release
A Lloyd Kaufman/Michael Herz Production
A Troma Team Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Line prod
Creative consulting prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Orig story
Addl material written by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit asst cam
2d unit asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Grip people
Grip people
New York unit cam
New York unit cam
New York unit asst cam
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Assoc ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Post prod supv
Lab post prod supv
Lab asst post prod supv
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dresser
Asst set dresser
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst costumer
MUSIC
Mus score
Subhumanoid songs by
Class of Nuke 'Em High theme song comp and prod by
Class of Nuke 'Em High theme song comp and prod by
Lyrics by
Meltdown song by
SOUND
ADR ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Prod sd
Boom op
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
Re-rec mixer
Post-sd prod facilities
Post-sd prod facilities
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec creature const and anim
Spec creature const and anim
"Greenie" the Weeenie Man created by
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff coord
Asst spec eff coord
Mutant squirrel des and const by
Miniatures des & const
Miniatures des & const
Miniatures des & const
Miniatures des & const
Mechanical chests & addl prosthetics
Mechanical chests & addl prosthetics
Mechanical chests & addl prosthetics
Titles & opticals, Film Effects
Titles & opticals
MAKEUP
Key make-up artist/Hair stylist
Asst make-up artist/Hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc mgr
Scr supv
New York unit managed by
New York unit supv by
Casting
Casting
Loc catering
Chief Hollywood Tromite
Mutant marketing dir
Subhumanoid fax services
Mutant international liaison
Subhumanoid admin exec
Subhumanoid admin exec
Subhumanoid dir of business affairs
Meltdown lawyer
Meltdown lawyer
Meltdown lawyer
Subhumanoid bookkeeper
Meltdown accountant
Meltdown accountant
Key prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Tromaville historian
Grunt expert
Mutant animal wrangler
Mutant animal wrangler
Dailies projectionist and good guy
Prod services
Artistic adv
Creative consultant
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Ms. Rowland's stand-in
Asst stunt coord
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Class Of Nuke ’Em High Part II” theme song composed and produced by Dan Skye & Paul Short, vocals performed by Glen Acker & Michael Brody, lyrics by Lloyd Kaufman, ©1990 Pink Flower Productions
“Kick Me,” written by Slick Colig & David Craig Ellis, performed by Sweet Little Roxana, ©1990 PMP Publishing
“Coyote Ugly,” written by David Craig Ellis, performed by Sweet Little Roxana, ©1990 PMP Publishing
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SONGS
“Class Of Nuke ’Em High Part II” theme song composed and produced by Dan Skye & Paul Short, vocals performed by Glen Acker & Michael Brody, lyrics by Lloyd Kaufman, ©1990 Pink Flower Productions
“Kick Me,” written by Slick Colig & David Craig Ellis, performed by Sweet Little Roxana, ©1990 PMP Publishing
“Coyote Ugly,” written by David Craig Ellis, performed by Sweet Little Roxana, ©1990 PMP Publishing
“Total Rock and Roll,” written by Slick Colig & David Craig Ellis, performed by Sweet Little Roxana, ©1990 PMP Publishing
“Surfin On Outta This Town,” written by David Craig Ellis & Bingo Sinatra, performed by Sweet Little Roxana, ©1990 PMP Publishing.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Pink Flower II
Subhumanoid Meltdown: Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II
Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown
Release Date:
29 March 1991
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 29 March 1991
New York opening: week of 12 April 1991
Production Date:
began 11 June 1990
Copyright Claimant:
Pink Flower Productions
Copyright Date:
28 January 1991
Copyright Number:
PA517396
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
96
Length(in feet):
8,580
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1986 New Jersey, Tromaville High School is demolished following its contamination by waste from a nuclear power plant. The multinational Nukamama Corporation compensates the city by constructing the Tromaville Institute of Technology (TIT), a junior college built inside the plant smokestacks. Although the scantily-clad students are regularly sprayed with the insecticide malathion, life at the college is otherwise normal, until it is attacked by a giant mutant squirrel impervious to conventional weapons. As reporter Roger Smith composes what may be his final story for the school newspaper, he recalls campus life before the disaster. While TIT was the world’s finest educational facility, the student body was often terrorized by a gang known as the Squirrels, led by an obese degenerate named Yoke. Presiding over the students were Dean Okra and his assistant, Professor Melvina Holt of the Science Department. The least popular student on campus, Roger Smith, subjects himself to a biological experiment conducted by Professor Holt, for the chance at a sexual encounter. Dean Okra and Professor Holt observe via television monitor as the blindfolded Roger is seduced by Victoria, one of the professor’s subhumanoid creations. Holt is amazed by the creature’s human-like emotional range, noting Victoria’s genuine fondness for Roger, who has been rejected by every girl on campus. The professor describes her subhumanoids as a subservient life form suited to menial tasks, devoid of thoughts and emotions, endowed with superhuman strength, the inability to feel pain, and a second mouth in place of a navel. Although Professor Holt intended the creatures to benefit humanity, Dean Okra envisions them replacing human laborers and soldiers. With ... +


In 1986 New Jersey, Tromaville High School is demolished following its contamination by waste from a nuclear power plant. The multinational Nukamama Corporation compensates the city by constructing the Tromaville Institute of Technology (TIT), a junior college built inside the plant smokestacks. Although the scantily-clad students are regularly sprayed with the insecticide malathion, life at the college is otherwise normal, until it is attacked by a giant mutant squirrel impervious to conventional weapons. As reporter Roger Smith composes what may be his final story for the school newspaper, he recalls campus life before the disaster. While TIT was the world’s finest educational facility, the student body was often terrorized by a gang known as the Squirrels, led by an obese degenerate named Yoke. Presiding over the students were Dean Okra and his assistant, Professor Melvina Holt of the Science Department. The least popular student on campus, Roger Smith, subjects himself to a biological experiment conducted by Professor Holt, for the chance at a sexual encounter. Dean Okra and Professor Holt observe via television monitor as the blindfolded Roger is seduced by Victoria, one of the professor’s subhumanoid creations. Holt is amazed by the creature’s human-like emotional range, noting Victoria’s genuine fondness for Roger, who has been rejected by every girl on campus. The professor describes her subhumanoids as a subservient life form suited to menial tasks, devoid of thoughts and emotions, endowed with superhuman strength, the inability to feel pain, and a second mouth in place of a navel. Although Professor Holt intended the creatures to benefit humanity, Dean Okra envisions them replacing human laborers and soldiers. With the help of the Squirrels, Okra plans to integrate the subhumanoids with the student body, and eventually the entire human race. Elsewhere on campus, Roger watches a women’s basketball game, and is impressed with the superhuman ability of Amy, a recent transfer student. Amy is suddenly overtaken by convulsions, and as her body melts, a green, blob-like creature issues from her abdomen. Roger reports the incident to Professor Janis Jones, editor of the school newspaper, who dismisses the “subhumanoid meltdown” as having no commercial appeal, and advises him to only report gossip. In the cafeteria, Roger is struck with a beer bottle by Yoke, and Victoria removes the broken glass without injury to herself. While Roger is thrilled to see Victoria again, she has no memory of their encounter. When she expresses her adoration for “Mommy Holt,” Roger claims the professor wants him to have a girl friend, and Victoria complies. Meanwhile, Professor Holt develops a serum to cure subhumanoid meltdown syndrome, and Janis Jones tells Dean Okra about Amy’s malfunction. The dean informs Professor Holt that he has already reported the successful integration of the subhumanoids to his superiors at Nukamama, and threatens to fire her if she does not stem the epidemic of meltdowns. Following a tryst with Roger, Victoria is abducted by Yoke and brought to Professor Holt, who realizes that human interaction has endowed the subhumanoid with emotions. As Roger searches the reactor building for his girl friend, he discovers a caged menagerie of failed experimental creatures, and overhears Dean Okra order Victoria’s execution, fearing she will contaminate her fellow subhumanoids. Roger arrives on the scene as Professor Holt is imprisoned with Victoria for protesting the execution. Unable to rescue them by himself, Roger seeks reinforcements among his fellow students. He relates the situation to Professor Jones, who considers the story preposterous and, therefore, commercially viable. As Roger leaves the office, Murray, the subhumanoid janitor, experiences a meltdown, during which he throws Professor Jones through a window to her death. After he is reduced to a green blob, Murray follows Roger home and warns that Victoria will soon experience a meltdown unless she is given the antidote. Meanwhile, a squirrel feeds on radioactive waste and mutates into a grotesque giant. Roger informs the student body of Dean Okra’s plot, offering Murray as proof. Students storm the nuclear reactor from below, while the giant squirrel attacks from above, spewing green liquid and deflecting bullets from Nukamama’s armed guards. Dean Okra is beheaded by an escaped experimental creature, and Professor Holt barely survives being thrown to the ground by the monster squirrel. She gives Roger the meltdown antidote, saving Victoria from becoming a green blob. Roger looks forward to a new Tromaville, where humans and subhumanoids live and work together in harmony. However, because only one vial of the antidote exists, all other subhumanoids are still prone to meltdown. An army unit invades the campus and lures the squirrel away with a giant acorn, suspended from a helicopter. +

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