“ This powerful film is miles ahead of something like 187 in its depiction of classroom violence and although the subject matter is offensive, the film is still gripping to watch.
“ He refuses to put up with their garbage, leading to a battle of wills that climaxes in an intense and graphic bit of retribution while a band concert is going on.
“ Lester, who also co-wrote the bleak, gripping and hard-hitting script with John Saxton and Tom Holland, expertly crafts a potent and compelling blend of stinging social commentary and entertaining exploitation trash: the snappy pace rarely lets up for a minute, the nerve-wracking tension gradually builds to a harrowing fever pitch in the bloody, exciting and highly satisfying last third, the grim, harsh and uncompromising tone stays true to itself to the literal bitter end, and the film's dire prediction of urban high schools as a virtual war zone proved to be scarily prophetic.
“ Exhilarating camera-work and snappy pacing also work a treat.
“ But there is something inherently absorbing about this movie, and you simply can't take your eyes off it.
“ Rather than opting for the boring Michelle Pfeiffer approach, our teacher realizes that only way to oppress authority is by fighting back.
“ Only more boring.
“ This nasty as well as thoughtless film contains thrills , chills , intense drama , high body count and lots of violence .
“ Class of 1984 (1982) is an entertaining and thought-provoking combination of the Vigilante and High School Drama flick.
“ Thrilling and creaking musical score by Lalo Schifrin with initial song by Alice Cooper .
“ Perry King IS fun though, he always is, and his revenge scene in the end is worth watching for.
“ It's much more entertaining than 187.
“ Compelling movie .
“ You got all the ingredients that make an entertaining movie, sex, Violence, drug use and sex.
“ However this quickly becomes forgotten and jumps in to full blown exploitation territory I missed this when it became a cult hit via home video in the mid 1980s and I get the feeling I would have enjoyed it all those years ago as a teenager .
“The best part of the film is the gripping conclusion, set on the night of the prom.
“ "Class of 1984" is an ultra-cheesy, melodramatic mess of a movie that is somewhat entertaining throughout the first hour.
“ Evocative cinematography , though a perfect remastering is urgent .
“ Not a class movie, but an engaging one .
“Riveting junk that's highly enjoyable.
“King is an engaging presence in the lead, with Merrie Lynn Ross doing fine as his loving and concerned wife.
“Indeed what what the film has going for it above all else are the undeniably exciting scenes of violence: Van Patten's framing of King in a dilapidated bathroom; Roddy McDowell going berserk in the classroom eliciting replies from his unresponsive pupils at gunpoint; McDowall's subsequent car-crash demise; the climax (especially the chainsaw incident) in which King eventually viciously disposes of the thugs while the all-important school concert is going on in absentia!
“ The script by Lester, John Saxton & Tom Holland plays like a drama for most of it's running time, I found the first 45 minutes or so pretty tedious although it does set the story up quite nicely I have to admit I was starting to get bored.
“ An absorbing piece of exploitation.
“ Spewing lines like, "I am the future" and "I run this school" look too contrived and unnatural.
“ After that, it got rather tedious and boring.
“ This film, a kind of update of "Blackboard Jungle" by way of "Clockwork Orange" and "Death Wish" is a fascinating look at an urban high school controlled by punk gang leader Stegman (Timothy Van Patten).
“ Yes it all sounds very familiar & the world in which we live now over 25 years on from when Class of 1984 was made isn't that dissimilar to the one portrayed in it, in that regard it's a depressing reminder of the way things are & the fact that we knew back then the way things were headed, then again maybe I'm reading too much into a largely dull exploitation film.
“ Lalo Schifrin supplies a supremely effective rousing and pulsating score, Albert Dunk's slick cinematography does the trick, and Alice Cooper sings the groovy theme song "I Am the Future.
“ but the film is surprisingly well acted and, in its ruthless and unrelenting way, very compelling.
“Finally, we have the intriguing notion that, given a little nurturing from his single parent mother, Stegman could easily have been a grade A student, but a combination of boredom and neglect (plus a dash of untreated psychosis) has made him the murderous nut-job that he is.
“ An entertaining film with some notable performances by Perry King (as Norris), Roddy McDowall (as Norris' drunk teacher pal), Michael J.
“ Wáy over the top, but you'll have to do something if your story is too contrived and the acting, settings and outfits are more laughable than anything else.
“ However, Class of 1984 exists as an exploitation revenger, so in many ways it's pointless to try to judge it on a deeper level.
“ The gang, lead by the very-80's Timothy Van Patten, look laughably cliché'd now, apparently Punk was the root of all evil in the early 80's.
“ This statement might just be a little exaggerated, but it is nevertheless one of the most entertaining, uncompromising and messed up movies of the glorious 80's decade.
“ You might want to hate this film, but in a totally immoral way it's undeniably compelling.
“ It's gripping stuff, well played by all involved, and certainly gets the blood boiling.
“ Many of todays action-movies are boring with "messages" and crap, this movie is simple and straightforward and the bad guys are BAD and they get violent deaths!
“ Fox as a tubby horn playing nerd; the music is excellent, with a memorable rock theme song from Alice Cooper and a cool score by Lalo Schifrin; and the script is well written and absorbing, with the only weak point being a rather daft epilogue that claims that 'Andy Norris was not prosecuted because no one admitted to seeing what he did'.
“ it was bad in the way that there was noway you can take the scene seriously with that playing, but it was good because it added to the comedy of the movie, and in a away made it more enjoyable.
“ This is a silly but hugely entertaining pile of trash.