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The Neon Dead (2017)

Invasion of the Undead (original title)
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An unemployed recent college grad hires two freelance paranormal exterminators to combat a monster infestation in her new home.

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Torey Haas

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Marie Barker Marie Barker ... Allison Hillstead
Greg Garrison Greg Garrison ... Desmond
D. Dylan Schettina D. Dylan Schettina ... Jake (as Dylan Schettina)
Nathan DeRussy Nathan DeRussy ... Undead Drake Hillstead / Ricky
Josie Levy Josie Levy ... Ashley Amberson
John Reed John Reed ... Big Z
Mark Ashworth ... Dunsmore
Emma Greene Emma Greene ... Mary
Bonnie Harris Bonnie Harris ... Undead Belle / Voodoo Zombie
Sean Haley Sean Haley ... Rob Richards
Candace Mabry ... Belle
Andrew Puckett Andrew Puckett ... Drake Hillstead
Levi VanHoozer Levi VanHoozer ... Belle's Son
Alan J. Sanders Alan J. Sanders ... Alan
Eric Davis Eric Davis ... The Mummy / Voodoo Zombie
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An unemployed recent college grad hires two freelance paranormal exterminators to combat a monster infestation in her new home.

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A grin from fear to fear!


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Jake: They're not zombies! They're Sons of Z'athax!
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References Jake and Julie Vs. The Boogeyman! (2009) See more »

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A for effort, C for the final product
11 October 2019 | by udar55See all my reviews

The eye-catching poster and action-packed trailer led me to this one. The plot is pretty simple as a young woman spots a glowing zombie in her bathroom and hires two young guys running a paranormal investigators business. Turns out these aren't just zombies, but disciples of Z'athax, an intergalactic demon summoned by the girl's distant relative 100 years earlier. Lensed outside of Atlanta, Georgia, THE NEON DEAD surely doesn't lack in ambition. Writer-director Torey Haas splashes all kinds of haunted house CREEPSHOW-esque lighting and fills the frames with interesting black-lit demons, zombies and monsters. And thankfully, Haas didn't do "totally '80s retro style!!!" or found footage that way too many horror films are doing nowadays. Where it falters is the moments between action scenes. You can definitely tell they are going for a BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA sarcastic vibe. Sometimes the comedy works (like one sidekick being a severed head) and sometimes it doesn't (the lead doing a poor version of Bill Murray's lascivious Venkman in GHOSTBUSTERS). There are moments of sheer low budget ingenuity (the cosmos where the stop motion monster sends people is well conceived) and moments of sheer low budget blunder (modern trappings shown in a flashback set in 1912). It was still good to see low budget filmmakers actually trying though, even if this is closer to THE VIDEO DEAD than THE EVIL DEAD in terms of classic status. I look forward to seeing what Haas does next.


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2 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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$570,000 (estimated)
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