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Earlier on (like in the first five minutes) you have this pretty high school girl emerge unscathed from the massacre of her friends by the Neon Maniacs, because the Maniacs are chased away just before they can finish the last girl, by rain, because the Maniacs, for reasons unknown, turn to green slush when they come in contact with water. So, the pretty girl, the sole survivor, bravely goes back to school, where she is pestered about the disappearance of her friends, and then suspended from school because she claims monsters (the nefarious Neon Maniacs) as the culprits. Fortunately, her time spent lounging around the house gives us the opportunity to see her poolside in a bikini. Hoo-wah! Anyhoo, eventually she teams up with her boyfriend and a younger horror-fan girl, and they prepare to do battle with the Maniacs.Read more ›
I couldn't honestly rate this above a 3 on a scale of the entire film, so i'll break it down a little bit.
- The plot was decent but lacked a solid ending, even for a "horror" movie open endings are fine, but this felt like someone pulled the brakes.
- Spending waaaay too much time on stupid things, like walking, i don't care, i know they got from point a, to point b, i don't need proof!
- The amazing make-up deserves 5+ stars, it's beautiful cheesy and still a bit gross. Perfection.
- The Band scene, i actually enjoyed the song, the second band not so much (i get that that was the point, but it dragged)
- Paula is pretty awesome, and i think a lot of us early horror fans can relate to her, i just wish they delved into her character more.
It's totally worth a shot if you are a fan of 80's cheese (sorry to keep using that term, but it is! it's nacho cheesy goodness ) . If you aren't, then you will more than likely hate this.
Anchor Bay, not long ago, released a wonderful widescreen DVD of NEON MANIACS. But you can also enjoy this on tape, because VHS copies are still floating around at used video stores. And perhaps an old VHS tape might be better for generating that 80's feeling...
This is the infamous low-budget horror flick from 1985 that boasts a gaggle of weird, oozing monsters--each with a different look and method of killing--who come out at night, ready for action. The movie takes place in San Francisco--and the monsters actually make their home under the Golden Gate Bridge (!). Sure, why not? It could happen.
The title monsters are NEVER referred to as "Neon Maniacs" by any of the characters. A narrator has a brief speech early on in the film and says something like "The children's path shall be darkened...by the SHADOWS of the...NEON MANIACS." (Yeah. Whatever.) But that's the only time you hear the term, and as a justification for the title, it's flimsy at best. AND, as noted by many, the monsters are NEVER explained in any way. At all!
Near the end of the film there is a climactic scene at a high school costume dance featuring an astounding "Battle of the 80's Bands" (one a Rick Springfield knockoff, the other a lame heavy metal group) that will have you squirming and your face contorting into various peculiar grimaces and scowls. Yow!
This is a time capsule film. You watch it to see what things looked like, what was going on twenty-odd (very odd) years ago. But please take care: What you see, you may find upsetting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cassic 80's cheese galore, complete with the hero guy singing sappy songs
at a battle of the bands, the heroine that the police don't believe, and the
precocious girl... Read more
A horror movie made on a low-budget, concerning a group of hideous monsters who emerge from a tower on the Golden Gate Bridge and embark on a killing... Read more
Great makeup, zero plot. Monsters somehow have access to passages built underneath the golden gate bridge, and are coming out at night to kill people. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JohnnyJay
Interesting 80's gem not often seen... Gory ....a little confusing but all together a good rainy day flickPublished 6 months ago by Christopher Flores
This is an absolutely 80s horror film & its obvious when you watch it. It is very enjoyable however. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darkness