The New Kids (Sous-titres français)
Abby McWilliams' (Lori Loughlin, TV's "Full House") nightmare begins when she attracts the unwantedattention of teenage psychopath Eddie Dutra (James Spader, TV's "Boston Practice"). Turned down for a date, Eddie destroys Abby's home, vandalizes her uncle's car and nearly stomps her brother Loren(Shannon Presby) to death. But it's only when he kidnaps Abby from the school dance, that Eddie shows his true feelings. Fueled by cocaine and armed with a shotgun, Eddie's lust turns to uncontrollable rage, as he takes Abby on a date from hell, in this terror-packed thrill-ride from the directorof Friday the 13th and A Stranger is Watching.
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I had it on VHS but you know what happens with those old video cassettes, they either don't work or the film inside is so wasted and torn that it's impossible to see it clear. (Even with the tracking mode!) In my case..i just lost the film. (actually think my ex girlfriend from high school still has it!)
Anyways just reading the editorial review will pretty much sum up the whole film for you, so i'll save myself from telling you the story all over again..but what i will say is that it's a well acted and directed film with great performances from the cast, especially James Spader, the man we all loved to hate in all those 80's flix except for "Tuff Turf" where he played the "nice" guy with a problem with autority. (Whatever, just search for it on this site, a real gem!)
If your a fan all films of the 80's, especially teen related acion ones, check this out...you won't be disapointed!
The only problem i had with this re-release is the cover, i liked the original artwork from the VHS cover, ah well..what can you do!
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But the kicker, and the reason I really sought it out, is novelist Harry Crews' involvement. After some research, I've found it difficult to determine exactly how much he had to do with the script. He's not credited, but is thanked in the end credits. Stephen Gyllenhaal and Brian Taggart get screenwriter nods, but in an old Crews interview, he mentions, "I wrote this script called THE NEW KIDS" (but that's all there is of the interview, the snippet posted on his website). So who knows. Actually, I'm sure there's someone fatter and uglier than me out there who knows, and assuming the person surely doesn't have anything better to do, they should contact me with more information.
THE NEW KIDS has nothing to do with Crews novels like "A Feast of Snakes" or "Car" or "The Knockout Artist," all humorously grotesque (sometimes stomach-churning) portraits of bizarro Southern life, which makes his direct involvement even more suspect. But it is a better-than-expected genre picture. Just look at what you get!
1) James Spader in speedo underwear.
2) James Spader doing a really bad, on-again-off-again Southern accent.
3) James Spader snorting cocaine in his van while his gang of cretins run around outside, dousing Lori Laughlin with lighter fluid and taunting her with lit matches in an attempt to get her to submit to a good, Southern-style gang rape.
4) Some dude named Shannon who plays a character named Loren.
5) Death by Ferris wheel.
6) Death by bumper cars.
7) Death by house of mirrors (in a super-lame LADY FROM SHANGHAI "homage").
8) Death by roller coaster.
9) A Lori Laughlin shower scene where you can clearly see, numerous times, her flesh-colored bikini hiding her wares from the filmmakers.
10) Eric Stoltz getting called "faggot."
Still not convinced? Well, there's nothing more I can do. If you require a plot description, you're already on the internet, so why don't you take some initiative?
I think the acting is fantastic and the thrills will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's also fun to see James Spader, Eric Stoltz and Lori Laughlin in their younger years! I find Shannon Presby hot now that I'm older.
This movie always makes me want to work! I can't imagine why! The song "Stand Up" is awesome (wish I had it on CD). But the transitional music between the scenes is bad - though appropriate for 1985 when the movie was made.
It's a must see!
Well I did and do.
James Spader is at his best as the ring leader for the the school/town bullies.From Sean S. Cunningham of Friday The 13th fame it has to be good.
The entire cast is quite good including a very young Lori Loughlin as the New girl and Shannon Presby as the new boy.they play brother and sister who move to Florida with relatives after their staunch military father and mother die in a plane crash,thank goodness their father taught them how to defend themselves.It's a constant power shift as the New Kids get terrorized by the bullies and the new kids retaliate leading to a big showdown in an amusement park that the new kids happen to live in.
Lot's of thrills and good ole 80's charm.A must for the 80's collector.not a slasher movie but slasher fans will like it.it's more suspenseful but it does have death scenes although not very grisly.