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Neon Maniacs
Neon Maniacs
Actors: Clyde Hayes, Leilani Sarelle, Donna Locke, Victor Brandt, David Muir
Director: Joseph Mangine
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2003     1hr 31min


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Actors: Clyde Hayes, Leilani Sarelle, Donna Locke, Victor Brandt, David Muir
Director: Joseph Mangine
Creators: Joseph Mangine, Oliver Wood, Timothy Snell, Chris Arnold, Mark Headley, Steven D. Mackler, Mark Patrick Carducci
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Holly Apollyon | The Overlook Hotel | 03/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is one virtue in having a movie that just jumps headlong into a mindless and disoriented story---at least there's no slow beginning to put you to sleep. Not coincidentally, this is the case with Neon Maniacs, a movie that involves a little maniac but virtually no neon. I remember as a young lad of about sixteen seeing bits and pieces of this movie, and since I had never again endeavored to look for it, until, by happenstance, now, I had begun to believe the movie to be something mythic. But no, it's real, right down to the latex masks. Apparently, these cataclysmic goons live inside a bridge, and they have a deck of Tarot cards with their likenesses. The Neon Maniacs are the Village People of the Horror world. You have Samurai Maniac, Biker Maniac, Army Maniac, Doctor Maniac, Indian Maniac, Monkey Maniac, Crossbow Maniac, Robo-Maniac, and the list just goes on and on.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. This improvised warfare involves ponderously complicated strategies like water guns and fire hoses, and at one point, one of the Maniacs is actually driven back by a spilled cup plastic cup of beer or something. At one point, the younger horror fan expeditiously fires a hose at the Straight Jacket Maniac, and knocks his head clean off, like a pop-top on a big can of puke-colored slime. Throw into the action the big highschool "Battle of the Bands", featuring Jerkweed and the Sissy Mary Combo, and Twisted Sister Reject Band with the Loverboy rip-off lead singer. Oh, wait a minute, did I forget to mention that this move takes place in the very hairspray vortex of the 80's? This of course adds an additional level of difficulty to the old cheez-o-meter. But, guys, stay with me. Hang in there; I know you can do it. Skip back to the bikini scene if you have to, but keep at it.In short, if you like horrible movies, you will love this movie. It has pretty much all of the key elements: Indiscernible plot, terrible acting, terrible music, Space Giants special effects and a pretty girl just to keep it interesting. More than that, the DVD is pretty inexpensive, so I personally cannot see any flaw in the equation."
Recalling days Past
Joshua S. Johnson | Charleston, WV United States | 01/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Neon Maniacs takes me back to my younger days when late night television was a veritable smorgasboard of underrated and highly enjoyable B horror films. This film makes me long for the days of USA Saturday Nightmares and TNT Monstervision. Set in San Francisco, this far fetched tale of crazed monsters on the rampage is a great way to recall those low budget horror masterpieces from the 80's. If you are looking for a film with big name actors, highly developed storylines, and million dollar FX then this film is probably not for you! If, however, you are searching for a fun way to waste some well earned R&R and love this film genre then look no farther than Neon Maniacs. For anyone who is a fan of B horror films I give this film 4 stars, and highly recommend it!"
Who's That Trip-Trapping Over My Bridge?...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 06/29/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Beware! The gates of heck have been thrown open, unleashing the NEON MANIACS! Virtually unstoppable, these odeus freakers are immune to every known defense, save one. It's a rare chemical known to savvy scientists as "H-2-O"! So, unless it rains, or someone uses a squirtgun on them, these maniacal murderers will inherit the globe! Sure, their get-ups are dorky and their shambling needs work, but hey, their masks are fairly cool! Leilani Sarelle is okay as Natalie, the girl who knows too much about these critters. Donna Locke (in her one and only role, ever) is very good as Paula, the horror-obsessed / Nancy Drew type gal who tracks the Maniacs to their lair. She's probably my favorite character in NM, as she reminds me of the horror movie nut in DEADLY SPAWN. The rest of this movie is hit and miss, w/ the "battle of the bands" sequence being the most wretchedly inept part. I cheered when the Maniacs arrived, hoping for an 80s big-hair bloodbath. Alas, only a scant few were slaughtered, leaving the vast majority to run aimlessly back and forth in the gym. What good are maniacs that can't wipe out a gaggle of trapped teenagers?? Sheesh! I also had my hopes up for a rainstorm flesh-melting massacre ala DEVIL'S RAIN. Nope, just a little sprinkle! Still, NEON MANIACS is harmless, mindless fun if you're in the right mood..."
Nothing special but very watchable
nobiology | Columbus, GA United States | 08/31/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is pretty much a classic 80's horror movie. Well there isn't just one killer, but a large "gang" (couldn't think of a better word) of killers. They seem to have their own special way to kill, as there is a hangman, a doctor, ect., and this leads to diverse deaths. While the plot may be lacking (how many horror films from this era actually have a great plot?), the movie itself is pretty fun to watch. With the group of killers, it had a Hellraiser feel to it, yet kept its own originality. All in all its not a must see that you go out and buy or rent right away, although if you see it and pick it up it wouldn't be a waste of money."