Written by: George Pacheco on December 15th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1994
Director: Eric Louzil
Writer: Eric Louzil, Lloyd Kaufman, Stephen Gerard, Carl Morano, Matt Unger, Mark Rolling, Jeffrey Sass
Cast: Brick Bronsky, Lisa Star, John Tallman, Lisa Gaye
BluRay released: October 13th, 2015
Approximate running times: 101 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Troma Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95
Subtitled The Good, The Bad and The Subhumanoid, the film is padded with stock footage from the first two entries, and lacks a lot of the infectious energy which characterized this fan favorite Troma series. The plot of this Nuke ‘Em begins by summarizing the events of the prior film before diving into a narrator-led story which details the twin sons of previous hero Roger Smith, separated at birth and raised on two opposing moral sides of the Troma universe.
Brick Bronsky plays different roles here as Roger Smith and his twin sons, while also serving as the film’s narrator, delivering line after line of exposition. This hampers the film’s forward motion in a big way, while most of the returning cast seems rather indifferent in their performances, delivering their lines without the sort of gung-ho insanity which defined the first two films. The fact that the film continually relies on Bronsky’s inner monologue to describe what’s going on quickly wears thin before becoming profoundly annoying.
Bronsky doesn’t really possess the charisma required to carry this film on his own, with the series popular co-star Lisa Gaye relegated to a minor supporting role to this film’s new villain, the comparatively Dr. Slag PhD, played by an awkward John Tallman. Lisa Star portrays Bronsky’s love interest here, but is also not memorable in the slightest, other than providing a lot of the prerequisite, copious nudity. Meanwhile, porn legend Ron Jeremy also appears in a small, but memorable cameo, hilariously out-acting everyone here as the Tromaville power plant manager.
The special effects are where Class of Nuke ‘Em High 3 thankfully salvages some of its worth, as the messy practical gunk, over-the-top costumes and crazy monsters are fun to watch, as Tallman and Gaye create a new army of humanoid monster warriors. There is little to no intent on making this a film which attempts any kind of cohesive seriousness, so turning the brain off and enjoying the chaos is highly recommended. Still, one would be much better off watching either of the prior two entries in the Class of Nuke ‘Em High franchise.
Troma’s presentation of Class of Nuke ‘Em High Part 3: The Good, The Bad and The Subhumanoid dips from the quality offered on the other two films. The print here, while serviceable in terms of color and quality, doesn’t present the sort of sharpness which made their recent release of the second film, Subhumanoid Meltdown, so much fun. It’s on the audio portion of the disc where Troma particularly drops the ball, as there’s an obnoxious buzzing noise which is ever-present during the film. It’s distracting, and frankly unacceptable in today’s age of so many advanced and quality-controlled Blu-Rays.
The extras are also scant, with an equally disastrous director’s commentary from a distracted and uninterested Eric Louzil, who also suffers from distant-sounding audio quality. There’s also another interview with Troma star Lisa Gaye-whose commentary on the last film’s Blu was much more enjoyable-, as well as trailers for all the Nuke ‘Em High films, making this a disappointing presentation from Troma Entertainment.