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The Boys Next Door -- Bo has trouble talking to girls. Roy Alston is filled with an uncontrollable rage.  On the weekend of their high-school graduation, the two suburban outcasts head for Los Angeles and embark on a violent murder spree that shocks the nation. But these young men are neither hardened criminals or foaming-at-the-mouth maniacs. They are simply THE BOYS NEXT DOOR.
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October 1985 (USA) See more »
Young. Handsome. Desirable. Deadly. See more »
Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maxwell Caulfield ... Roy Alston

Charlie Sheen ... Bo Richards

Patti D'Arbanville ... Angie

Christopher McDonald ... Detective Mark Woods

Hank Garrett ... Detective Ed Hanley
Paul C. Dancer ... Chris
Richard Pachorek ... Boyfriend
Lesa Lee ... Girlfriend
Kenneth Cortland ... Dwayne

Moon Unit Zappa ... Nancy
Dawn Schneider ... Bonnie
Kurt Christian ... Shakir
Don Draper ... Mr. Heaton
Blackie Dammett ... Bartender
Phil Rubenstein ... Gutfield
James Carrington ... Ross

Grant Heslov ... Joe Gonzales
Michael Lewis ... Kanter
Leonard O. Turner ... Sergeant
Vance Colvig Jr. ... Old Man
Jeff Prettyman ... Al

Claudia Templeton ... Girl at Beach
Ron Ross ... Drunk
Carlos Guitarlos ... Patient
Helen Brown ... Old Woman at Beach
Hettie Lynne Hurtes ... Anchorwoman

Sarah Lilly ... Female Officer
Jimmy Ford ... Bob the Jock

James Bolt ... Student
Joseph Michael Cala ... Gas Station Owner
Mary Tiffany ... Woman #1
Marilou Conway ... Woman #2
Mark Stanton ... Student #1
Kevi Kendall ... Student #2
Carmen Filpi ... Bum

Christina Beck ... Punk Girl
John Davey ... Watkins
Geoff Brewer ... Security Guard
Toby Iland ... Tom

Richard Halpern ... Boy
John Escobar ... Policeman #1

Ray Lykins ... Policeman #2
Judie David ... Female Security Guard
Texacala Jones ... Street Band
Pinkie Tessa ... Street Band
Tequila Mockingbird ... Street Band
Maggie Ehrig ... Street Band
Ted Quinn ... Street Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Michaels ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Penelope Spheeris 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glen Morgan 
James Wong 

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... producer
Don Levin .... executive producer
Michael S. Murphey .... associate producer
Mel Pearl .... executive producer
Keith Rubinstein .... producer
Joel Soisson .... associate producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
Arthur Albert 
Film Editing by
Andy Horvitch 
Casting by
Debra Rubinstein 
Makeup Department
Mark Shostrom .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Warren Lewis .... assistant director
Art Department
Audri Phillips .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Craig Felburg .... production sound mixer
Roy Pahlman .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Barker .... stunts
Jennifer Barlow .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Davie Carothers .... third assistant camera
Steven Flood .... electrician
Kim Heath .... grip
Philip Holahan .... camera operator: second unit
Philip Holahan .... first assistant camera
Roger Olkowski .... lighting gaffer
Phedon Papamichael .... second assistant camera (as Phedon Papamichael Jr.)
Music Department
Stephen E. Smith .... music supervisor
Other crew
Buddy Enright .... production assistant
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Victoria Plummer .... production coordinator
Mike Ruscio .... stand-in
Si Timberman .... stand-in

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91 min
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Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1987) | France:-16 | Norway:18 | UK:18 (cut video version) | UK:18 (theatrical rating) | USA:R (certificate # 27648) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Actor Crispin Glover auditioned for the part of Bo and tested with Maxwell Caulfield. According to the audio commentary for the film, Director Penelope Spheeris said Glover's performance was "too psychotic".See more »
Roy Alston:Alright. Party time. Party time, man.
Bo Richards:You gave her a heart attack, man.
Roy Alston:She was ready to die anyway.
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Movie Connections:
References An Unnatural Act (1985)See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Teen angst at its worst., 27 August 2006
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

The Boys Next Door is an ugly, but generally gripping film about two losers who decide on a whim to spend the weekend in Los Angeles after graduating from high school. Charlie Sheen (Bo) and Maxwell Caulfield (Roy) play these two punks pretty convincingly, and this low-budget film lets them flex their muscles while terrorizing anyone unlucky enough to get in their path.

The film begins by showing us pictures of seemingly normal-looking serial killers while at the same time using audio commentary to detail the number of victims they had. The actions of the two in this film really don't seem to be patterned after any particular killer, but this early footage is just trying to tell us that virtually anyone we see might have violent tendencies.

We see a little of their last day of school. Bo strikes out with a hot chick. Nobody wants them to come to a big party later that night. The boys crash it anyway. Roy pisses in the pool, and the boys steal the family dog and take it with them out to L.A.. Once the guys get to L.A., pure mayhem ensues. First of all, they beat an Iranian clerk at a gas station senseless, nearly killing him. Then, they go to the beach and hit an old lady in the head with a beer bottle. Later on that evening, these two hoodlums graduate to murder. They pick up a gay man at a gay bar and kill him at his place in West Hollywood. Then they murder a young couple just because they're jealous that they can't get a hot chick like the young woman. Things are capped off by the senseless killing of a new-age hippie woman while she's getting it on with Bo. Roy seems to get jealous, then he violently shakes her to death after dissing her new-age values. By then, the cops are hot on their trail, and they corner the two punks at a shopping mall. The conclusion may or may not surprise you.

The acting is very good. Sheen is decent enough, but Caulfield is the guy you will remember. This in not the same Maxwell Caulfield we were rooting for in Grease 2. This guy is one seriously screwed-up individual who takes to murder like a fish to water. Penelope Spheeris does a very good job with the limited budget in one of her earliest efforts. When watching this film now, you can't help but be reminded of the Columbine tragedy of 1999. The kids that caused that bloodbath were probably a lot like Bo and Roy. For some reason, they just couldn't conform, and they saw no other alternative but to take out their frustration on society. There also seems to be a bit of social commentary with the final ten minutes of the film taking place in the mall. I think the film is trying to say that kids of the 1980s were a bankrupt generation who had nowhere else to turn from their problems except shopping malls or other consumer venues. Arcades, too, for that matter.

Overall, this is an ugly film that will make you think about it for quite a while after it's over.

7 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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