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Neon Maniacs (1986)

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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Joseph Mangine
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clyde Hayes Clyde Hayes ... Steven (as Alan Hayes)
Leilani Sarelle ... Natalie
Donna Locke Donna Locke ... Paula
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Devin (as Victor Elliot Brandt)
David Muir David Muir ... Wylie
Marta Kober Marta Kober ... Lorraine
P.R. Paul P.R. Paul ... Eugene
Jeff Tyler Jeff Tyler ... Wally
Amber Denyse Austin Amber Denyse Austin ... Lisa (as Amber Austin)
James Acheson ... Ray (as James Atcheson)
Chuck Hemingway Chuck Hemingway ... Gary
Bo Sabato Bo Sabato ... Manello
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Carson
John Lafayette ... Thomas (as John LaFayette)
Gene Bicknell Gene Bicknell ... Cozzie
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dødens armé See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is, for all practical purposes, an unfinished film. Severe budget and production problems brought filming to a halt multiple times, at one point for such a long period that much of the cast playing the maniacs had to be replaced due to most of them not returning because of other obligations. Also, a lot of the script had to be cut or altered to save money, and the originally intended final battle between the protagonists and the maniacs was never filmed, thus leaving the film with its rather abrupt and inconclusive ending. It is also suspected that better explanations of the maniacs, their motivations and their origins was in the original script, but never filmed due to production problems. No copies of this script have been found, and the cast and crew either don't know or remember what the creature's background was intended to be, don't want to talk about it due to bitter feelings over the production, or have since passed away. 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 Gremlins (1984) See more »

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We Had Enough
Performed by Split Sydney
Written by Split Sydney
Produced by Joe Renda, Ed Solan, and Split Sydney
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80s cheesiness oozes from every frame.
15 June 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

A group of slow-moving, inter-dimensional maniacs, each with their own unique look and method of killing, emerge from under The Golden Gate Bridge at night to prey on the people of San Francisco. Having witnessed the creatures at work, high school students Natalie (Leilani Sarelle) and Steven (Clyde Hayes), aided by teenage monster movie fan Paula (Donna Locke), find themselves targeted by the maniacs and are forced to fight back with water as their only means of defence (despite the colourful killers living next to a river, plain old H20 proves to be deadly to them!).

When Neon Maniacs was first released on VHS, I thought it was junk, writer Mark Patrick Carducci failing to do his rather intriguing basic premise justice, director Joseph Mangine compounding matters with his uninspired direction, and the cast giving dreadful performances all round. Having recently given the film the benefit of a re-watch, I still think it's junk, but at least it now has the advantage of being nostalgic junk, the horrible clothes, nasty hairstyles, crappy effects, and awful pop/rock music (particularly during a terrible battle-of-the-bands scene) providing a reasonably fun time despite the overall technical shoddiness. Steve's hideous jacket; Natalie's big hair; Paula wearing her Nostromo baseball cap at a silly angle; the nasty neon tubing backdrop to Steve's band: it's delightfully dated elements like these that just about made this one worth watching.

5.5 out of 10, generously rounded up to 6 for the trip down memory lane (the 80s were worse than I remembered), a couple of gloopy melting maniacs, and Leilani Sarelle in her swimming cossie.


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