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January 27, 2023 106 min

The movie discussed in this episode contains scenes of threats & acts of sexual violence. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSULT HOTLINE at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) or visit RAINN.org.

Our month-long focus on SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM concludes with a look at his 1985 teen action thriller THE NEW KIDS (aka STRIKING BACK).

After being orphaned, Loren & Abby must relocate to live with their uncle and quickly run afoul of the local gang of drug-pushing bullies. The situation quickly escalates into a deadly battle for their lives set in an abandoned amusement park.

You can expect:

  • a terrifying performance from JAMES SPADER.
  • training montages within training montages.
  • a shocking amount of homoerotic imagery.
  • one of the most 80's music scores the 80's ever produced.

  • For your protection, I have enlisted as my guests Krav Maga master TRAE DEAN and Canada's foremost Attack Goose trainer TARA GARNER.

    THE NEW KIDS was directed by SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM, written by STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL & BRIAN TAGGERT, and stars SHANNON PRESBY, LORI LOUGHLIN, JAMES SPADER, ERIC STOLTZ, and TOM ATKINS.

    THE NEW KIDS is not currently streaming on any platforms but can be rented on YouTube.

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