Class Of 1984
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Top Customer Reviews
May seem a little light hearted from a far, but do not be fooled, CLASS OF 1984 is gritty, violent and blatant as it can be about it.
Lincoln High School is a tough school with an even tougher group of punks, filling the students and teachers alike with nothing but fear for who will stand up against a "supreme ruling senior" Stegman and his gang of misfits?
Enter Andy Norris (Perry King) a music teacher sent from a far more prestigious school to help reinvigorate Lincoln High's flailing music department. Filled with a sense of purpose Andy first comes across the musical prodigy Stegman and thinks he can help bevel Stegmans rough "punk" edges and churn out a brilliant pianist.
Much to Andy's surprise Stegman is not so easily swayed and lashes back against Andy in every way possible (let alone imaginable).
The gloves are off between students and teachers in CLASS OF 1984, and there is no room for second place.
You'll have to find that out for yourself!
I currently have two versions of the movie, one a copy of the old VHS Tape that I got from a video rental place; and a copy off of network TV, from the mid-eighties. Sadly, the network-TV copy had less editing done to it language-wise (alot less surprisely), while being edited only for the violence and nudity. I always felt both versions I had just didn't equal a complete version. I am really glad they decided to release this movie now.
Since this hasn't yet been re-released yet, I don't have a copy of it yet. So I will tell you a few general things though about the movie, not the DVD release, and my thoughts on it.
One is that it is a cult movie. People will either really like or really hate this movie. "Class of 84" is excessively violent (while normally I don't like over-the-top violence, in this case it drives the story well), the acting is not the best (although Timothy Van Patten was really good, and very chilling), the plot was very simple, the characters had little depth to them, there was a rape scene (certainly not the most graphic I've seen in a major release, but chilling neverless) BUT the movie came together rather well.
"Class of 84" also had some good music on the movie. Opening with "I Am The Future" by Alice Cooper, also with tracks by Fear and Teenage Heads among others.
I can't wait for the DVD of this movie, and will get it when it comes out. I only hope it is a good quality release, with a lot of extra's.Read more ›
Scary, and nail-biting. Grab it if you can.
CLASS OF 1984 was seemingly the beginning to endless carbon copies of high school teacher vs. thug students films. Yet CLASS OF 1984 (a movie that was originally banned in the UK) with all of it's similarities to such films as DANGEROUS MINDS ('95), THE SUBSTITUTE ('96), 187 ('97), bares one striking difference. The antagonists of the film are given no redeeming qualities, none are shown as mistreated youths or having grown up in a broken home. For the most part we are shown the exact oppisite, as the "problem children" are created not by an abusive and poor home life, but yet by a silver spoon. Housing lots of violence and gore (and not to mention a bone chilling rape scene that leaves even the most hardened person thinking "that is just messed up!") CLASS OF 1984 I feel is a movie that has stood out since its release and unapologetically showed us that cold, careless killers are not always who you think they are.
I have been awaiting this film on DVD for sometime now, and thanks to Anchor Bay my wait is not much longer. Having first seen this film on VHS, I am excited to see the bonus features and commentaries that are said to accompany the DVD. So if you fancy yourself a "retro film guru" or if you are down for some good old fashion blood and guts, this DVD is a must own!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Less than impressed with the picture quality, they didn't do any restoration. If you get it cheap I'd say buy it.Published 25 days ago by a Believer
I actually bought this on a hunch after seeing a promotion of it on Joe Bob Briggs facebook page. Anyway I don't want to give away the story but I will share some general... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason Ford
One of those 80s gems that gets lost to time. It was a favorite of mine when I was about 10 years old. It's definitely a flick to add to the list for an 80s movie night. Read morePublished 1 month ago by star wars nut
has a few good stunts and some surprising violence, but the reality is it takes this guy too long to start fighting back.Published 2 months ago by bonita springs
This is a small cult classic.. well acted, well directed, and of course totally over the top!
Anyway, I watched it again inBlu-ray, and happily the digital transfer and... Read more
Great movie. Obviously dated but very fun to watch. Over the top. Very funny that they call it a true story.Published 5 months ago by David W. Barsness