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Neon Maniacs (1986)

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A group of teenagers in San Francisco discover a nest of homicidal monsters living in a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, but when they try to tell authorities, no one believes them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clyde Hayes ...
Steven (as Alan Hayes)
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Natalie
Donna Locke ...
Paula
Victor Brandt ...
Devin (as Victor Elliot Brandt)
David Muir ...
Wylie
Marta Kober ...
Lorraine
P.R. Paul ...
Eugene
Jeff Tyler ...
Wally
Amber Denyse Austin ...
Lisa (as Amber Austin)
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Ray (as James Atcheson)
Chuck Hemingway ...
Gary
Bo Sabato ...
Manello
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Carson
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Thomas (as John LaFayette)
Gene Bicknell ...
Cozzie
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Something disturbing is going on in San Francisco each and every night. Certain locals who are out at night, are being set upon and slain, by someone or something, to be found in the morning mutilated or parts missing. Ocassionally they are never found at all ditto the parts that go missing. Tonight one teen is going to witness a massacre at the hands of this lethal mystery. And might be able to shed some light over it to the cops. That is if she survives the night. Written by suspicous

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Twelve good reasons to be afraid of the dark. See more »

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14 November 1986 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Andrew Divoff's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Donna: Did you hear that sick sound?
Cozzie: Yeah, it was creepy. Probably your mom howling out her anti-sex warning.
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References Alien (1979) See more »

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The Choice You Made
Performed by Rick Bowles
Written by Rick Bowles and Richard Putnam
Produced by Rick Bowles
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Surreal nostalgic Maniacs
11 July 2012 | by (novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

A group of teenagers in San Francisco are attacked by homicidal monsters living under the Golden Gate Bridge and set out to prove they are real.

Despite its faults, logic, editing, pace and such director Joseph Mangine's ambitious Neon Maniacs counter balances its short comings. Larry Odien, Allan A. Apone and Douglas J. White's make up and practical effects are surprisingly good and the period music score is creatively ominous. To Neon's credit Mangines creates some jump moments notably the bus scene.

Paula played by actress Donna Locke (who has disappeared off the planet) has a cute Goonie appeal. Leilani Sarelle's Natalie is a solid lead and not surprisingly went on to do bigger thing. The rest of the cast give typical 80s low budget hammy performances.

In retrospect writers Mark Patrick Carducci's ambiguous origins of the Neon Maniacs adds to the films appeal and although uneven with more style over substance it deserves it cult status if only for the 80's nostalgia, it's monsters 'cool' factor and surreal atmosphere.


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