Wednesday, March 4
Directed by Joseph Mangine
90 Minutes / Lightning Video / Cropped from 1.85:1 to full screen
A group of teenagers are menaced by merciless mutants that live in the Golden Gate Bridge. One girl is preyed upon after a failed attempt by the creatures to kill her. The other younger girl strikes up her own investigation and finds their hideout and discovers their fatal hydro-weakness. The two converge to finally stop these "neon maniacs" at their high school's annual masquerade party.
This flick is quite difficult to peg as it suffers from nearly all if the pitfalls of "non-slasher" '80s horror. Each plot thread between the two girls isn't quite fleshed out; opting instead to gloss over all minor details to barrel ahead on energy alone. There isn't one shred of backstory involving the gaggle of mutants. It has an identity crisis, never deciding either it wants to be children's horror feature or some kind of campy '80s version of Clive Barker's Nightbreed. There's even a couple impromptu music videos-within-a-film. The conclusion is rushed and completely boneheaded. Just pull the fire alarm...? Yet it ends before you know it, throws in some splattery effects in every color except crimson, and has a number of "maniacs" you could easily see having a flick all to their lonesome. Certainly not vital, but it wouldn't hurt to see once.
VHS Picture: 6/10
VHS Sound: 5/10