‘A grin from fear to fear’
The Neon Dead is a 2016 American comedy horror film written and directed by Torey Haas (Jake and Julie vs. the Boogeyman; Troll Picnic) for MonsterBuster Entertainment. It was formerly known as Invasion of the Undead.
Marie Barker (Horror Hotel: The Webseries), Greg Harrison (Dekiru: The Three Stones), D. Dylan Schettina, Nathan DeRussy (Horror Hotel: The Webseries), Josie Levy, John Reed, Mark Ashworth (Cell; Bleed; Plague of the Damned), Emma Greene, Bonnie Harris, Sean Haley, Candace Mabry (Buried Beneath), Andrew Puckett, Levi VanHoozer, Alan J. Sanders, Eric Davis.
The film was released on DVD in the US by Wild Eye Releasing. It includes a feature-length commentary with director Torey Haas, bonus scenes, two monster shorts (First Date, Troll Picnic) by Torey Haas and a creature profile.
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An unemployed recent college grad hires two freelance paranormal exterminators to combat a monster infestation in her new home.
However, the exterminators’ prodding into the new evil found in the home unleashes an ancient demon and his army of undead monsters, intent to possess any human they make contact with…
” … think Phantasm (1979) meets The Gate (1987). The invading demon king Z’Athax, rendered via old-school stop-motion, and the leader of the invasion Guy Smiley (Nathan DeRussy), with his glowing sardonic grin, are very cool creatures. However, Invasion of the Undead succeeds, for me, because of its human characters! Allison (Marie Baker) and Desmond (Greg Garrison) are wonderfully charming in this film!” Girls, Guns & Zombies!
“It has lots of good, entertaining moments, but is let down by a few glaring issues. It seems to me that Haas aimed for a film with the feel of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, but unfortunately he has just missed the target. It is a decent watch though…” Kriss Pickering, UK Horror Scene
“One of the best films not to hit the cinemas in recent years is this film released by the fine people at Wild Eye Releasing. Lighting is the key to this films look and it is done to perfection and will have a few viewers thinking of Suspiria amongst other films. The humour is very campy especially from the male lead Desmond played with pure cockiness by Greg Garrison.” Peter Hopkins, Horror Screams Video Vault
Jake: “They’re not zombies! They’re Sons of Z’athax!”
Image credits: Girls, Guns & Zombies!
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