Movie: "Class Of 1984"
Year: 1982
Rated: R
Genre: Cult / B-Movie
Directed by: Mark Lester
Writing credits: Tom Holland, Mark Lester, John Saxton, Barry Schneider

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 6/10/2008

Plot: A new teacher arrives at an inner city school to teach music, but he's the one who's about to be taught a lesson.

Review: You've seen The Principal... you've seen The Substitute... but when it comes to excessively violent films about schools troubled by gangs, they all need to pay homage to their granddad - Class Of 1984. This cult classic was a somewhat prophetic vision of the future of violence in schools, with some unintentional hilarity added in for good measure.

Andrew Norris arrives at Lincoln High School (seems like every school in the movies goes by that name, doesn't it?) with an optimistic outlook on teaching the students how to play music. Unfortunately, nobody told him that drugs, gang wars and prostitution were all part of the daily curriculum at Lincoln High. No need to worry though, Peter Stegman, the leader of the most ruthless gang in school, lets Norris know exactly who's running the show. "Life is pain, pain is everything. You will learn." It doesn't get much more poignant than that, eh?

Well wouldn't ya know it? Good ol' Mr. Norris isn't ready to just step aside and let Stegman and his gang run the school, so they go to war with one another. As a result, it becomes more of a game of one-upmanship that reaches its brutal climax at the big school orchestra performance.

With a will to do whatever it takes to get his way, Peter Stegman is easily one of the greatest bad boys in movie history. You'll also be treated to one of Michael J. Fox's earliest film roles as an innocent student who is also troubled by the gang violence. Roddy McDowall also has a fantastic role as an alcoholic biology teacher driven so absolutely mad by his careless students that he makes one of them answer his questions at gunpoint. Top that off with a boatload of punk rock imagery and a soundtrack featuring Alice Cooper and you've got yourself one hell of an entertaining 80s flick. Face the music... teacher teacher!

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

frappez le cochon rouge
Jun 10th, 2008, 02:06 PM
Looks like I've got another flick to buy. I loved The Principal.
plastic bag
Jun 10th, 2008, 10:48 PM
Rad movie, the cover/poster always made me think it'd be some kind of post-apocalyptic, Mad Max deal. At first i was disappointed that it wasn't, but then Class Of 1984 turned out to be a whole different kind of awesome. Then again, how could i expect any less from the director of Commando.
Forum Virgin
Jun 11th, 2008, 05:29 AM
"When does a dream become a nightmare? When do we do what must be done?"
Classic eighty's revenge cinema. I happen to have picked-up the special edition dvd from Anchor Bay ent. I was not disappointed. Great film and great extras. Timothy Van Patten played his role perfectly. I mean, every time view the film I just want to beat his face in with a tire-iron. Say, wasn't Timothy Van Patten's father the Dad on the show "Eight is enough"? That's some old school shit right there.
Scruffy drunken Brit
Jun 11th, 2008, 05:33 AM
I vaguely remember that the straight to video sequels were a sack of shit, but I have no idea if they were so shit they were good...

Then again, I can't remember that much about the film itself... Will hunt it down.
Forum Virgin
Jun 11th, 2008, 01:31 PM
This movie would have been much better if Timothy Van Patten wasn't playing the bad guy. He's such a stunning dousche that it takes you out of the movie. It's like trying to have Shia LaBeouf play the heavy- Everyone in the movie is intimidated by him, but you know you could kick his ass. Anyone remember TVP's mush-mouth performance in the MST3k episodes "Master Ninja" 1 and 2?

"Your jackin' in it, Trav."
A Total Fairy
Jun 13th, 2008, 10:58 AM
Take a look at my face, I am the future...
A Total Fairy
Jun 13th, 2008, 11:02 AM
Also, don't forget that Roger Ebert himself gave this movie 3 and a half stars!
Jun 17th, 2008, 04:20 AM
I never want to see the sequels.