Richard Griffin, Ted Marr (co) for Conniption Films, Scorpio Film Releasing
directed by Richard Griffin
starring Patrick Cohen, Emily Morettini, Andrew Vellenoweth, Christine Peltier, Ryan Patrick Kenny, Jennifer Zigler, V.Orion Delwaterman, Edwin Cottle, Patrick Pitu, William DeCoff, Salvatore Marchese, Caleb Emerson, Ricky Spriano, Topher Matthews, Eric Vidal, Scott Foley, Milo Nera, Izzy Kunkle, Alexandra johnson, Hanna Wolf, Aurora Grabill, DJ Venom, Alan Campbell, Joshua James Baker, Jeffrey T.Euangelista
written by Richard Griffin, Trent Haaga, Christine Peltier, music by Daniel Hildreth, techno tracks by DJ Venom, special makeup effects by Ben Chester, Leigh Radziwon
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Jessie Dorfner (Patrick Cohen) has organized what he believes to be the
ultimate Halloween-rave, and at first, everything seems to go quite fine.
What he didn't expect though is somebody (Edwin Cottle) handing out free
drugs, drugs that glow in the dark, drugs that are simply irresistible to
all the ravers. Now that wouldn't be too bad, basically, Jessie just wants
in on the deal ... but slowly, the drugs are changing the guests, turning
them first into sex machines, then into cannibals. The drugs, it later
turns out, are basically living beings that need the warmth of human
intestines to breed.
Eventually, Jessie finds himself on a dancefloor
full of cannibals and corpses. He's unaffected because he doesn't do drugs
on the job, but the only other unaffected people are his ex Tuesday (Emily
Morettini), who has thrown up her share of the drugs, and her annoying
boyfriend JT (Andrew
Vellenoweth), who it seems doesn't do drugs just to piss
everyone off. When the three of them find themselves barricading
themselves in inside Jessie's office, the two men soon get into a fight,
which ends in JT trying to make an escape in a desperate attempt to prove
he's the alpha male but ending up cannibal food. However, he has
distracted the cannibals long enough to provide Jessie and Tuesday with an
opportunity to escape - just Tuesday doesn't make it and ends up dead. In
the end, Jessie too finds himself surrounded by cannibals, but he's given
a choice, to either take the drug and become one of them, or shoot himself
An interesting film that does many things right - it
features colouirful characters, an interesting story catalyst (the
glow-in-the-dark drug), lots of boobs and gore, and it doesn't spend too
much time with explaining everything away - but just isn't quite there yet
to be a really good movie. Basically, Raving Maniacs' narrative
structure is a tad off, it just takes too long to set everything up,
spends maybe too much time with its supporting characters (as entertaining
as some of them are), but fails to create any real tension or provide some
shocks to keep the audience entertained.
That'S not to say the film is a
disaster, there's plenty of fun to be had here actually, it just seems to
fail to fully deliver.