The Boys Next Door (1985) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Penelope Spheeris
Starring: Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen, Patti D’Arbanville
RATED: R/REGION O/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Severin Films
Bo (Charlie Sheen) has trouble talking to girls. Roy Alston (Maxwell Caulfield) is filled with an uncontrollable rage. On the weekend of their high-school graduation, the two suburban outcasts head for Los Angeles and embark on a violent murder spree that shocks the nation. But these young men are neither hardened criminals or foaming-at-the-mouth maniacs. They are simply The Boys Next Door. Christopher McDonald and Patti D’Arbanville co-star in this disturbing drama that was written by Glen Morgan and James Wong (The X-Files, Final Destination) and directed by Penelope Spheeris (The Decline Of Western Civilization, Wayne’s World).
The Boys Next Door shows us what happens when two guys from a smaller town head off into California and then decide to commit some terrible acts. The movie really goes down a dark path that I found extremely interesting. Especially when the plot gets to the two perhaps not agreeing with one another on how to do things. The boys are clearly outsiders and they decide to not settle for what everyone before them has settled for. This leads them to the big lights of Hollywood but the unstable nature of the two leads to what comes next. When the cops get involved and the acts they do get worse and the cops start building a trail to them that’s really when this one starts cooking.
I especially dig seeing Charlie Sheen in a movie like this. The man did a series of very cool movies anyway, but his more cult films like this and The Wraith really stand out a bit more to me. He might not even be the best actor in it as his partner in crime played by Maxwell Caulfield really brings in the troubled youth aspect to the screen and does it in a great way. Severin Films does a great job bringing this one to Blu-ray. From the same director as The Decline Of Western Civilization and Wayne’s World, this movie is a hidden gem that I hadn’t even heard of and I assume a lot of others out there are the same. It looks good here and it has some nice extras that I have listed below. If you’ve never seen this one, I think you should all give it a watch.
– BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
– Audio Commentary with Director Penelope Spheeris and Actor Maxwell Caulfield
– Blind Rage: Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Nightmare USA
– Both Sides of the Law: Interview with Actors Maxwell Caulfield and Christopher McDonald
– Give Us Your Money: Interviews with Street Band Performers Texacala Jones and Tequila Mockingbird
– Caveman Day: Cinemaniacs Interview with Director Penelope Spheeris and Actor Maxwell Caulfield
– Tales from the End Zone: Interview with Actor Kenneth Cortland
– The Psychotronic Tourist – The Boys Next Door
– Alternate Opening Title Sequence & Extended Scenes (Silent)
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 94%