Torey Haas The Neon Dead: Film Review
Torey Haas The Neon Dead (Originl Title; Invasion of the Undead)
Director: Torey Haas
Writer: Torey Haas
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
An unemployed recent college grad hires two freelance paranormal exterminators to combat a monster infestation in her new home.
The Neon Dead at one point had the title of; Invasion of the Undead. The Film is a great cinematic experience. Torey Haas brings the Horror scene an exhilarating breath of fresh air with his cleverness, wit, and creative imagination in his Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy.
In the film, Allison Hillstead just moved into a house that she has inherited from her from her ancestor, Drake Hillstead. Hillstead who just so happens to be a powerful, authoritative, ruthless Lord back in his day. However, when she inherited his house, she also inherited all of the problems that came with it. A horde of monsters and demons invade the house, trapping her.
Allison seeks the help of paranormal exterminators, Desmond and Jake. The duo have has about just as much experience in exterminating monsters as she has.
They band together to rid the town of these monsters and their super powerful master, a demon, named Z’athax.
Drake wanted limitless power. Back in his days of reign, Z’athax commanded a sacrificial ritual of Drake’s son. However, his wife opposed this action and had their son taken off to safety.
As a consequence, she is forced to take their son’s place as the ultimate sacrifice to carry out Drake’s devious scheme of infinite power.
Drake didn’t get what he expected. Instead of rewarding him infinite power, Z’athax subjected Drake to endless torture until he passed away. He then took over his body to travel to Earth and proceed to carry out his plan of having dominion over the world.
The Neon Dead has a colorful and comedic tone to it but is also pretty dark in nature. The film at first seems like a family-oriented film, but it contains a decent amount of violence and subtle gore scenes, that are enough to make it too mature for young children. It’s like Goosebumps, except it shows the killing and the blood.
The practical effects are great. I loved the characters and the costumes and makeup effects. When Z’athax took over Drake’s body, the character reminded me of the Shinigami in Death Note.
The natural makeup of the demon Z’athax and the realm he took his victims to when they became hypnotized by his power was a little over the top.
Two amateur paranormal exterminators and a very powerful demon who will stop at nothing to gain dominion over the world. We’ve seen countless movies of demons wanting dominion over the world. Torey Haas’ film puts his own clever spin to the circuit. The monsters are whimsical but dark. The film is colorful but dark.
Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive