THE NEW KIDS
For those familiar with the 1970s genre of revenge exploitation movies The Last House on the Left (1972), Massacre at Central High (1976), Day of the Woman/I Spit on Your Grave (1978), The Exterminator (1980), The Class of 1984 (1982) The New Kids holds few surprises. On one hand, it is a competently made film Sean S. Cunningham has polished his act considerably since Friday the 13th. However, rather than stir up any raw primal savagery in the way these other films do, Cunningham only churns cliches. There are also times the film strains credulity it does, for example, seem rather absurd that people end up killing each other just because of a rejected date.
James Spader, a few years later Cannes Award winner for his role in Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) and various high-profile roles subsequent to that, outfitted here in dark glasses and immaculately dyed-blonde hair, has a frighteningly effectively macho presence in the film. Screenwriter Stephen Gyllenhaal is these days better known for his two famous acting children, Jake and Maggie Gyllanhaal.
Sean S. Cunninghams other genre films are:- the vampire sex comedy Case of the Full Moon Murders/The Case of the Smiling Stiffs (1973), the original slasher film Friday the 13th (1980), the kidnap thriller A Stranger is Watching (1982), the monster movie Deepstar Six (1989) and the alien invasion film Terminal Invasion (2002). Cunningham also produced the House series of films beginning with House (1986), the Disney teenage zombie comedy My Boyfriends Back (1993), Black Friday (2008) and the remake of The Last House on the Left (2009), as well as the Friday the 13th sequels Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003), and the remake of Friday the 13th (2009).