DREAMING PURPLE NEON is the most recent film from long time indie director Todd Sheets. While not a million miles removed from his older films, Neon adds enough new twists to feel fresh. Add to that an incredible ability to stretch a dollar, (I had to check he hadn’t left a zero off of the film’s $3500 budget), and the result is another fun dose of blood soaked indie horror.
Dallas (Jeremy Edwards) returns home after years away to try to reconnect with his ex Denise (Eli DeGeer CHINA WHITE SERPENTINE, EMPIRE STATE OF THE DEAD). Cat (Millie Milan HOUSE OF FORBIDDEN SECRETS) steals her boss Ray Ray’s (Antwoine Steele HOUSE OF FORBIDDEN SECRETS, CATACOMBS) stash of “Neon Purple” and goes to meet Denise at her boss’s office. Ray Ray and Tyrone (Ricky Farr) follow her there looking for his drugs. As if this wasn’t enough, there’s a demonic cult operating out of the building’s basement who are only a couple of sacrifices away from raising the Queen of the Demons, and have a sinister connection to Neon Purple.
This may seem like Sheets just threw as much as possible against a wall to see what would stick, but once everything comes together it’s all pretty seamless. Once the film hits the thirty minute mark the blood starts to flow in earnest. Sheets has always been known for his film’s gore, but here he really ups the ante as bodies are cut, sliced, torn, chewed, and there’s a scene involving a drill and a man’s crotch that will make anyone wince. Where DREAMING NEON PURPLE differs from many other gorefests is the plot stays strong even after things get messy, I’ll gladly take one of Sheets films over any German “extreme horror” film any day, I know I’m getting a movie, not just a show reel for the effects crew.
While DREAMING NEON PURPLE does have a few issues, with a couple of scenes going on a bit too long, and some cringe worthy dialogue, this is still a great film. Even without HOUSE OF FORBIDDEN SECRETS cameos, and a soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi, Neon is still much better than most films coming out today. Part 80’s throwback, part modern film, DREAMING PURPLE NEON is a great way to kill an evening. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more from Todd Sheets soon.