Jun 21, 2008

Class of 1999

Class of 1999 is the surprisingly excellent sequel to Mark L. Lester’s exploitation masterpiece Class of 1984. The film is set in a time where American public schools are more of detention centers than places for teenagers to take in knowledge that will help them in life. That being said, Class of 1999 does reflect contemporary American schools to a certain degree. This time around, gangs aren’t the biggest threat in school. A small group of three killer robots have now taken jobs at this public school wasteland.

Both gangs featured in Class of 1999 wear outfits that put today’s philo-homosexual Emo and Wigger play thugs to shame. Writer and director Mark L. Lester makes it known that subversive types of people reflect that their brains and sexual equipment are more than a little scattered through their choice of clothing. The film’s hero and protagonist Cody Culp has just gotten out of jail and is ready to straighten his life out. That becomes a bit difficult for Cody when gang members try to rape his love interest and beat up his turd of a brother (played by Joshua John Miller).

You know the world is a dangerous place when Malcom Mcdowell is the principle of a high school. The school is apparently titled Kennedy after the two Irish American brothers that offered promises for a new America, but just ended up getting assassinated. Ideological dreams of peaceful (and peace in general) diversity, collective harmony, and a world without crime have been confirmed fantasies in Class of 1999. This has also no doubt been proven the reality of contemporary America as the country has gone from global world power to the inevitable third world sewer that so-called liberals continue fighting like little girls for.

The three killer robot teacher in Class of 1999 come in three forms: a stoic old white man, a middle aged bitchy black woman (played by Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier), and an asshole white jock. These three human engineered psychos have decided that any interruption to their orderly teaching must be dealt with via extermination. They can snap a neck faster than turning a page in a book. Eventually the students realize who their true enemy is and take action. If only kids in real public schools could put two and two together.

Class of 1999 is an underrated work of exploitation filmmaking. In all honestly, I found Class of 1999 to be much more entertaining than any three films in the Terminator trilogy. The politically incorrect film is also one of the few more recent exploitation films that has any redeeming qualities (and it has a lot). I don’t think that it would be an exaggeration to call Mark L. Lester a genius of exploitation filmmaking. Very few individuals can live up to such a title.

-Ty E

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This movie truly is an underrated classic, much better than any of the Terminator movies.