Sunday, March 11, 2012
Meep Pic Of The Week: The Boys Next Door (1985)
The Boys Next Door
From New World Pictures
Original Theatrical Release Date: October 1985 (premiere) New York Theatrical Run: March 14th, 1986
Penelope Spheeris (The Decline Of Westen Civilization 1 & 2, Suburbia, Wayne's World) Directs a script from James Wong & Glen Morgan (The X-Files TV Series, Final Destination 1 & 3, Willard) that is a chilling tale of two aimless High School seniors who find themselves budding serial killers in mid 80's Los Angeles.
Before Charlie Sheen went nuts and in turn clean & sober he befriended Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2) and the two make quite the 80's pair. Caulfield's Roy is a pretty strange guy. He is clearly disturbed from the start, but as the Film progresses, he goes into a quiet descent into madness that reaches a point of no return. This is quite a performance. He's mesmerizing to watch, and effortlessly outacts Sheen and his along-for-the-ride character Bo, who in himself is fun to watch as Sheen was on the cusp of becoming a break out star during this period with Platoon and Wall Street on the horizon.
The Boys Next Door is a Movie I watched a lot growing up. It's disturbing and creepy, but it's also very entertaining, with enough humor and hijinks to ease you into the darker stuff. Although this Film easily qualifies as Exploitation (Produced by Roger Corman's New World Pictures) Spheeris elevates the proceedings as she keeps things as real as possible, with a no bullshit approach and of course, a killer soundtrack. I wish she was still making interesting Films like this one. Check it out with the Serial Killer you love.