The panel was focused primarily on Troma’s upcoming film Return to Nuke ‘Em High, a gore and sex filled extravaganza that will be released in two volumes (Kill Bill style). The first is complete and showing in select theaters, while the second is currently in production.
Lloyd showed several clips from the movie, including the opening sequence. He said anyone in the audience could film it if they want, which I did; but I quickly realized that I wouldn’t actually be able to show the video on my site.
To summarize, it begins with a montage of the original three films in the series, with special focus on the nudity. This is narrated by Stan Lee.
We then move on the the new material, a young couple having sex in a janitor’s closet. As they’re enjoying themselves, a pipe bursts above them, raining toxic ooze, and a small, black worm-like organism onto their naked bodies. The scene ends with a severed penis, and the couple dying a horrible, screaming death. All in all, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a Troma film.
Later in the panel, we were treated to scenes from volume two, which promises much more nudity, both female and male. We also saw an extended scene featuring a cameo from 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander, who, like Stan Lee, worked for free.
The original Class of Nuke ‘Em High centered on a boy and girl. The new version replaces them with two girls, which Lloyd noted was the first same-sex (or as he called it, lesbionic) relationship to headline one of their films.
Shortly after the start of the panel, The Toxic Avenger and Chicken Boy crashed the stage, though I have a sneaking suspicion that it was planned ahead of time. On the topic of Toxic Avenger, Kaufman said that no one was really sure why Playmates approached them to turn a hard R rated film into the Saturday morning animated kid’s series, The Toxic Crusaders; except that sales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys (also from Playmates) was on the decline, and they wanted to replace the franchise with something ‘environmentally conscious.’
Return to Nuke ‘Em High will be distributed by Starz / Anchor Bay, with a video release planned for next April.