Class of 1984 is pure exploitation with plenty of action and a manipulative plot [from a story by Tom Holland] designed to have audiences cheering on the blood.
The Canadian production is set at Abraham Lincoln High School in a large American city. Newcomer music teacher Perry King finds his views on education rapidly altered at the school: students are frisked for weapons, teachers carry guns and the hallways are monitored by guards and cameras.
The chief purveyors of terror are a gang led by Timothy Van Patten. They run a drug and prostitution ring and wield a heavy blow to anyone obstructing their activities.
King refuses to buckle to their strongarm tactics and finds his car first vandalized and later fire-bombed. Walking into a cocaine deal in the school bathroom, King takes Van Patten to the principal, but lack of evidence places the teacher’s actions in question.
Performances are generally good with King in fine form as the hard pressed hero while Van Patten is effectively chilling as Stegman.