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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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Night falls... So do their victims! See more »

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14 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dødens armé  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Some of the "maniac" characters are credited as two different performers. The film production shut down for three months due to financial difficulties. When shooting resumed, many of the performers were unavailable and were recast as such. See more »

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Devin: What is that?
Carson: Gook, slime... nobody knows yet. Forensics found it all around here.
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References Gremlins (1984) See more »

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Rock Me All Night
Performed by SNEAUX
Written by Ted Bacot and Peter Richardson
Produced by Lynn Ourso and Bearge Bitzer
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"Let Me Ruin Your Evening," The Movie Said To Me....
24 March 2004 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

As bad films go, this one's pretty enjoyable.

Anchor Bay, not long ago, released a wonderful widescreen DVD of NEON MANIACS. But you can also enjoy this on tape, because VHS copies are still floating around at used video stores. And perhaps an old VHS tape might be better for generating that 80's feeling...

This is the infamous low-budget horror flick from 1985 that boasts a gaggle of weird, oozing monsters--each with a different look and method of killing--who come out at night, ready for action. The movie takes place in San Francisco--and the monsters actually make their home under the Golden Gate Bridge (!). Sure, why not? It could happen.

The title monsters are NEVER referred to as "Neon Maniacs" by any of the characters. A narrator has a brief speech early on in the film and says something like "The children's path shall be darkened...by the SHADOWS of the...NEON MANIACS." (Yeah. Whatever.) But that's the only time you hear the term, and as a justification for the title, it's flimsy at best. AND, as noted by many, the monsters are NEVER explained in any way. At all!

Near the end of the film there is a climactic scene at a high school costume dance featuring an astounding "Battle of the 80's Bands" (one a Rick Springfield knockoff, the other a lame heavy metal group) that will have you squirming and your face contorting into various peculiar grimaces and scowls. Yow!

This is a time capsule film. You watch it to see what things looked like, what was going on twenty-odd (very odd) years ago. But please take care: What you see, you may find upsetting.

80's horror had its own very unique and pointless stamp, and this is one of the best examples of an endearingly BAD 80's horror film--just as THE BREAKFAST CLUB is one of the best examples of an endearingly good 80's teen film. That is to say, NEON MANIACS, despite how awful it is, is memorable. It gives you a strange warm happy feeling inside when you watch it. And when it's over, you think about it--chortle to yourself over it. You might even recommend it to your friends. And you know perfectly well that it's not a good movie at all! That it's one of the worst movies you've ever seen!! See it tonight! Yes, it's crap. Yes, it's fun.


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