Abby McWilliams and her brother Loren are particularly normal teenagers. Their parents Mac and Mary Beth are killed in an accident. It's decided that Abby and Loren live in Glenby, Florida with their Aunt Fay and Uncle Charlie who own a gas station and an amusement park. Loren and Abby don't have much trouble making friends at their new high school. Loren starts dating Karen, the local sheriff's daughter while Abby starts dating Mark. Loren feels uncomfortable when he sees a blond-haired guy harassing Abby in the lunchroom. Mark tells Loren and Abby that the blond-haired guy is Eddie Dutra, a teenage drug addict who is the leader of a gang of redneck thugs. Loren helps Abby keep Dutra at a distance. Dutra's retaliations keep getting more vicious until Dutra forces a showdown at the amusement park by kidnapping Abby. Written by
Corey Semple (AdamSandler's8SexyNights)
In the library scene Gideon asks Abby to the Drive in to see a movie called Saturday Night Girls and she turns him down saying she has seen it but there has never been a movie titled Saturday Night Girls. See more »
During the shower scene, Abby is wearing a vest hide her nudity. See more »
Thats Eddie Dutra, He's about as much fun as a rabid dog.
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THE NEW KIDS is top-of-the-line moviemaking with a gleefully sleazy gloss.
Cunningham, director of the first FRIDAY THE 13TH and the godawful DEEP STAR SIX, really does himself proud in this Southern-set rape/revenge thriller.
Two kids, whose parents have died, start a new life at their uncle and aunt's luridly low rent carnival.
Lori Laughlin, who plays one of the kids, becomes the target of sociopathic Dutra (James Spader in his best perf ever) and his gang of disgusting miscreants because she's so damn delicious looking. Essentially, the boys want her booty and will break any law to get it.
The film succeeds so well because it embraces its exploitation elements (sex, drugs, violence, teen lust, guns, vicious dogs) with such relish and delivers on its promise unpretentiously but stylishly. It is extremely well directed and acted and moves at a peppy clip.
You really do care about the characters and the film's Lalo Schifrin score nails the drama like a whore to a floorboard,
The carnival setting is a doozy and a triumph of production design; and the film's final scene has a black, perverse feel to it that had me nodding with approval.
A classic, and I'm not going to follow that with "of it's genre" because I'm tired of reviewers singling out films like this as less noteworthy because they're nasty.
Nope, a classic piece of cinema in anybody's book and titled STRIKING BACK in some markets.
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