NEON MANIACS
1986, 91 min, Dir: Joseph Mangine

If THE MONSTER SQUAD battled the Cabal from NIGHTBREED with a heavy dose of ’80s cheese thrown in, you’d get something approaching this horror thriller. From their lair beneath San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, bloodthirsty monsters terrorize the city without leaving a trace of their existence; it’s up to a group of high school students to stop them before the kids end up as chum in the Bay.


THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER
1982, 99 min, USA, Dir: Albert Pyun

Evil King Cromwell (Richard Lynch) raises the dead sorcerer Xusia (Richard Moll) to help him conquer the rich region of Ehdan; though Cromwell kills Ehdan’s king and queen, their son escapes with his father’s three-bladed sword. Years later, the boy has grown into the deadly mercenary Talon (Lee Horsley), who returns to avenge his parents’ deaths as rebellion brews in the land.


THE LORD’S OF FLATBUSH
1974, Sony Repertory, 86 min, USA, Dir: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona

This low-budget coming-of-age drama about four guys in a Brooklyn street gang offers a much grittier, more realistic look at life in the 1950s than AMERICAN GRAFFITI. As their days of hanging out at the pool hall, hitting on local girls and battling rivals draws to a close, friends Chico, Stanley, Butchey and Wimpy approach adulthood with varying degrees of reluctance. The central quartet features a pair of actors on the brink of superstardom: Sylvester Stallone was two years away from ROCKY, and Henry Winkler was just about to don a leather jacket as Fonzie in TV’s “Happy Days.” With Susan Blakely.


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