The New Kids (1985)

Sean S. Cunningham directs Shannon Presby, Lori Loughlin and James Spader in this teen thriller where two orphaned teens find their new school is overrun with some psychotic bullies.

Goes all out Straw Dogs in the fairground siege finale and I’m up for that in so many ways. The key Friday the 13th selling points are here; bosomy girls, inventive deaths – but the overall package is more competent and unpredictable. We watched for Spader and he delivers as a teen Gary Busey clone, some strange albino van predator who runs a pack of dicks. Both he and a Lalo Schifrin’s score elevate this into the “undiscovered gem” category.


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