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The New Kids (1985)

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.

Director:

Sean S. Cunningham

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Presby ... Loren
Lori Loughlin ... Abby
James Spader ... Dutra
John Philbin ... Gideon
David H. MacDonald David H. MacDonald ... Moonie
Vince Grant ... JoeBob (as Vincent Grant)
Theron Montgomery Theron Montgomery ... Gordo
Eddie Jones ... Charlie
Lucy Martin Lucy Martin ... Fay
Eric Stoltz ... Mark
Paige Price Paige Price ... Karen (as Paige Lyn Price)
Court Miller Court Miller ... Sheriff
Tom Atkins ... 'Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Mary Beth MacWilliams (as Jean DeBaer)
Robertson Carricart Robertson Carricart ... Deputy
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Storyline

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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They are alone. On their own. Without parents. Without friends. Trying to make it in a new town. Facing a dangerous new enemy. A gang that will stop at nothing to add one new word to their lives. Terror. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Kids See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$199,108, 20 January 1985

Gross USA:

$199,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$199,108
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Crew member reflected in the door of Dutra's red van when Abby goes to give him gas. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Dutra: What are you? Made out of mouth?
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK Columbia video (released as "Striking Back") was cut by 54 secs by the BBFC to edit drug scenes, a shot of a girl's underwear being removed and a scene of girl being covered in lighter fluid. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Making a Move
Written by Evan Archerd and Steve Nelson
Performed by Brock Walsh
Produced by Evan Archerd and Steve Nelson
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The New Kids aren't very welcome on The Block
28 December 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This very interesting but sadly underrated gem directed by Sean S. Cunningham ("Friday the 13th") offers an original variation of both the revenge thriller and vigilante action movie, since it has ordinary common high school teenagers in the lead roles. Basically this means the film begins with harsh but fairly harmless bullying but yet ends with extreme violence and relentless murder. The transition obviously isn't very plausible, as mean bully kids don't just turn into mad dog killers overnight, but "The New Kids" is nonetheless a competently made and occasionally very suspenseful thriller with tons of action, likable performances and an irresistibly charming 80's atmosphere. Following the sudden death of their beloved parents in an accident, athletic siblings Loren and Abby McWilliams move to Florida to help restore their uncle's ramshackle amusement park. They promptly run into conflict with the local school's gang of bullies because Abby refuses to accept an invitation to the dance from the tough leader Eddie Dutra. The mutual mockeries and paybacks gradually escalate into pure terrorizing until, one night, Dutra's entire gang invades the theme park with the intention to kill. Cunningham professionally builds up a tense and ominous atmosphere towards a highly explosive and grisly climax with some ultra-brutal killing sequences and engrossing make-up effects. The extreme violence will undoubtedly appeal to fans of 80's slashers as well as cheap and sleazy exploitation flicks of the 70's. The film benefices from an exceptionally great cast, with veteran B-movie stars as well as upcoming talents. Particularly James Spader is excellent and genuinely uncanny as the sleazy leader of the pack. Highly recommended to all type of cult movie fanatics.


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