The New Kids (1985)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  18 January 1985 (USA)
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A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Presby ...
David H. MacDonald ...
JoeBob (as Vincent Grant)
Theron Montgomery ...
Lucy Martin ...
Paige Price ...
Karen (as Paige Lyn Price)
Court Miller ...
'Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer ...
Mary Beth MacWilliams (as Jean DeBaer)
Robertson Carricart ...


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)

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The kids learned three things about southern hospitality, blood, sweat and terror! See more »


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18 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Striking Back  »

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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 to hide her nudity. See more »


[after searching Dutra's closet and finding his cocaine stash]
Loren: My, my, Snow White.
[Stands Dutra up]
Loren: Where's your money?
Eddie Dutra: [With gag in mouth] Fuck you.
Loren: [Brings blade to Dutra's neck] WHERE'S YOUR FUCKING MONEY?
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"The kids learned three things about southern hospitality: blood, sweat, and terror!"
26 April 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

The New Kids is a likable eighties movie from veteran horror director/producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th). There are quite a few flaws in it, but it's too much fun to condemn for that. I stumbled across it in the horror section, and yet, it's the furthest thing from a horror flick. It's more along the lines of Paul Lynch's Bullies really. It could almost be considered a thriller, but there's just enough cheese on the surface to keep it from being too scary. It's still well worth a sitting though. The great, young cast is fun to watch, including Eric Stoltz (Killing Zoe) and James Spader (Wolf), who is hilarious and evil at the same time as the crazy redneck, Dutra. Another reason I like this film is the presence of one of my favorite genre actors, Tom Atkins (brief as it may be). The climax, well, the climax makes the movie. It's very well done (especially the pit bull scene) and everyone should walk away pleased. If you're looking for an interesting revenge flick, rent The New Kids.

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