CLASS OF 1984
|Director||Mark L. Lester|
|Starring||Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross and Timothy Van Patten|
18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
The year is 1984. A rabid pack of rampaging punk teens run our schools, our drugs and our prostitutes. Brutality and decadence are everywhere. Enter first-year teacher Andrew Norris (Perry King), who’s forced to violently turn the tables on the bloodthirsty gang before their trashwave swallows the town alive.
Writer/director Mark L. Lester’s reckless masterpiece debuted at Cannes Film Festival to severely divided reviews. What detractors and many thrill-seeking fans both sadly overlooked was the fact that the movie had been done exactly right. Each actor turns in a memorable, convincing performance amid knifings and punk slam pits. Beloved ham Roddy McDowall pulls off what may have been his best scene of the decade. The film moves constantly forward at full speed, with humor and intelligent dialogue balancing out the horrors perpetrated by the vicious teens.
Class of 1984 is a perfect exploitation film. It’s relentlessly seedy, overflowing with assault, suicide, racism, drug use and crime crime crime, all of which is perpetrated by minors! The tension of victimization and vengeance create some of the most stirring scenes of violent retribution on record. But beyond all this, there’s a bitterly absorbing air of human helplessness and leather-clad heartlessness that makes this movie the flat-out best in its genre.
You can also check out Terror Tuesday: CLASS OF 1984 at the Ritz on 7/10.
Tickets go on sale 7/1.