HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
Burning Sea, The
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Boys Next Door, The Give The Boys A Holiday
Year: 1985
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen, Patti D'Arbanville, Christopher McDonald, Hank Garrett, Paul C. Dancer, Richard Pachorek, Lesa Lee, Kenneth Cortland, Moon Unit Zappa, Dawn Schneider, Kurt Christian, Don Draper, Blackie Dammett, Phil Rubenstein
Genre: Drama, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: It's the last day of school for best buddies Roy (Maxwell Caulfield) and Bo (Charlie Sheen), and they don't see anything more in their futures than working at the steel mill until their retirement a few decades hence. They are glad to be out of school though, despite the fact that they're the kind of idiotic misfits who nobody, least of all their peers, want around. But Bo overhears a conversation about a party to be held that night for the end of their high school education, and they duo duly head over there to gatecrash. But do you know what they really need? How about a holiday?

The Boys Next Door stakes out its claim as a dissection of the serial killer's mind with its opening title sequence which serves as a two-minute breakdown of the psychology of the psychopath, making it plain that your average, dangerous sociopath could be someone living next door to you. Because of that, we are now well aware that this is no teen comedy from the golden age of such things, although that's how it starts off, but an examination of what drives some people to kill. And the answer they come up with goes no deeper than "They just do."

Scripted by future X Files and Final Destination producer-director-writers Glen Morgan and James Wong, the film has a matter of fact quality that serves it well: a more sensational handling by director Penelope Spheeris might have sabotaged what is actually quite thoughtful in between its bouts of violence. Our protagonists, keenly portrayed with just the right amount of guilelessness by Caulfield and Sheen, resemble Beavis and Butthead gone bad, snickering at their own jokes, feeling no compassion and resigned to a dead end life. It's this state of mind that leads them to their vacation, a six hour drive to Los Angeles and fun in Hollywood and at the beach.

Or that's the plan after they get thrown out of the party, but it goes horribly wrong all too quickly. Roy is the leader in this collaboration, but they both have their part to play in what becomes a surprisingly believable murder spree. It begins when they stop to refuel and Bo hands over two dollars thinking it's six, leaving them short of gas. They both fly into a rage and attack the attendant, landing him in hospital; the police are soon on the scene, and detectives Christopher McDonald and Hank Garrett realise that this will not be the end of the story.

Not unless they can catch the terrible twosome at any rate, and for most of the film they follow in Roy and Bo's wake, picking up the pieces as they go. There is an unspoken homosexual bond between they two boys that they are not intelligent enough to recognise, but when anyone, male or female, makes a move on Bo, Roy gets incredibly jealous and often this is the reason the attacks happen. They travel the night streets of the city, visiting what they don't cotton on to is a gay bar, follow a wholesome young couple they feel aggrieved about, or get picked up by a fortune teller (Patti D'Arbanville) whose attraction to Bo sparks her undoing. All along, it's those who belong to something, whether it be a scene or a healthy relationship, that contrasts with these two outsiders, but as to the core of why they kill, the film leaves that for you to decide. Only George S. Clinton's squealing rawk guitar soundtrack seems a serious misstep; The Boys Next Door is better than you might expect.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4707 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: