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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Neon Maniacs (1986) - Joseph Mangine

This project really takes me into some weird places. I knew going into it I would find some weird stuff. It started with Slime City and Street Trash. Now I am finding stuff like this. Movies that were too low-budget to even stay on the campy cult classic radar. This movie is the epitome of campy cultishness. Just look at the over-the-top effects. They are so much, it appears to resemble a really dark episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. 

An unfortunate guy happens to find some pictures or trading cards with horrible looking mutants on them. All in various poses with murderous weapons. It's weird. These mutants all live under the Golden Gate Bridge and they happen to be causing havoc for the coastal city. Now the cops have to get involved. It goes down the crime movie path and even has a love story intertwined. 

This movie has a lot of negatives. But it gets some passes from me. Firstly, the movie is based in California. That already gains points with me. It's also extremely low-budget and has some interesting effects. Not great effects. Just interesting ones. The story leaves a lot to be desired and the acting is horrible, but it's expected. You get used to that kind of crap when you watch so many of these things. 

I don't think this movie really had a grasp on its concept. Neon Maniacs is all over the place with a very thin plot. The antagonists are shown quite a bit and it loses suspense because of it. Something just isn't very scary when you see it gleefully driving a the BART. The movie also goes on for far too long. It may only be ninety minuets but it feels like a four hour borefest. 

The music is horrible. It doesn't convey any sort of terror or fear. It is completely devoid of suspense or fright. It's bad. The main theme sounds like it was lifted from a supermarket jingle. I wouldn't worry about losing sleep over this one. In fact all of these elements kind of make the movie pointless to watch unless you are a hardcore movie watcher like myself. There are better bad movies than this one. 

Director: Joseph Mangine
Producer: Christopher Arnold and Steven D. Mackler
Writer: Mark Patrick Carducci
Starring: Leilani Sarelle and Alan Hayes
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Castle Hill Productions Inc. and Bedford Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: 14 November 1986
Country: USA
Did ya know: This movie was also known as Evil Dead Warriors. It tried to capitalize on the Evil Dead popularity.