***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.
A group of people are trapped in a West Berlin movie theater infested with ravenous demons who proceed to kill and possess the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.
Demons is a rather trashy euro horror directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento who also had a hand in the screenplay.
A group of people are given theatre tickets by a strange bloke wearing half a metallic mask making him look like a cross between a cyborg and the Phantom of the Opera. Upon entering the theatre, there's a display stand with a figure on a motorbike and a metallic cheap looking mask hanging off it that looks like it came from Poundland. One of the girls at the theatre tries on the mask which gives her a little cut when she removes it. Anyway they all sit down for a screening of a diabolically bad horror…
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This was some of the most fun I've had with a horror movie in a while. It's almost as if Bava was instructed to direct as 80s of a movie as possible, and proceeded to do exactly that; it's films like these that force me to use "80s" as an adjective, ahah. Seriously though, for what it is, Demons is perfect. The score/soundtrack, the special effects, the meta aspect of film (e.g. the movie theater)... I mean, this movie seemed like it was designed specifically for horror buffs of the time - it's awesome to see a director take his audience into consideration that much during the crafting of his film. There are also moments…
"We got to stop it I tell you, we got to stop the movie!"
This is how you make a horror film, or at least one that's great.
Oh, how I wish I was alive back in 1985 so I could have seen Demons in a movie theater instead of on the television in my bedroom; it definitely seems like the former was a much more enjoyable experience.
The premise in Demons is so great because it's something different that I've never seen before: theater patrons are attacked by demons while they're watching a movie about demons. How fucking rad is that? I bet seeing this film in the theaters would have been great…
ONE OR TWO SPOILERS
The first time I watched Demons, just a couple of years ago, I was still completely unaware of the fact that Italian horror films would be about to set out on a mission to confuse and confound me. As much as I enjoyed it, I did find myself spending way too much time trying to understand bits of it that didn't make sense.
But I get it now. I really do. They're not supposed to make sense. They're supposed to be completely mental. They're supposed to have random nonsensical bits in them that seemingly have no connect or relevance to the rest of the film. They're supposed to just be enjoyed and not questioned too much.…
We got to stop it I tell you, we got to stop the movie!
-Tony the Pimp
One of the film's main characters is called Tony the Pimp, what more do you want? You'll come for the extreme gore and stay for the horribly dubbed bad dialogue. It's a must-see film for fans of Italian Horror.
Note: If you're not a fan of Italian Horror Gorefests then disregard the star rating. Those who'll appreciate this film already know who they are.
This...this was fantastic!! An unrelenting gore fest with exceptional makeup effects that truly make for nightmare fuel.
Demons is one of the goriest films I've ever seen. I don't care what Juno says, this is way more graphic than Suspiria. The setup is really cool: a whole mess of people are anonymously invited to a movie theater to see an unadvertised horror film. As the film starts playing, the events on the screen begin to occur within the theater as unsuspecting patrons are turned into grotesque demons that begin unleashing utter chaos and carnage within the theater. Due to the setting, there's a real sense of claustrophobia as the surviving patrons work together to…
It's...pretty bad. The first half is pretty good and has a lot of great visuals, but then it starts rehashing itself, and then it goes totally off the rails with the move into outside of the theater, where apparently some kind of postapocalyptic society has managed to form in the two hours since the demons started spreading in the theater.
The bluray of this LOOKS incredible, it really shows off the crazy lighting and use of color. It's like a hacky Mario Bava/Dario Argento clone! Which I guess is just how people usually describe Lamberto. :P
My favorite thing about the movie was seeing the girl from Deep Red/What Have You Done to Solange/Who Saw Her Die/Night Child/Footprints on the…
Una absoluta maravilla con más defectos que un político pero que es imposible no amar con sus metáforas salvajes, su imaginación brutalísima y su cachondo sentido del espectáculo. Matar demonios con una katana, subido en una moto dentro de un cine y con heavy metal trallero de fondo. Séptimo cielo.
Rock n Roll !!
George e Ken, la più bella e commovente bromance della storia del cinema italiano.
This was my introduction to Italian horror. I have never expected Italian horror films to make sense in all the time since watching it on its theatrical release. I'm not sure whether this is a good or a bad thing.
When you’ve got a movie directed by Lamberto Bava from a story by Dardano Sacchetti, a screenplay by Dario Argento, music by Claudio Simonetti and special effects by Sergio Stivaletti, then you know you’re in for a juicy, squishy, treat and “Dèmoni” (Demons) delivers in spades – this is a mid-80’s Italian gore-fest par excellence. The plot is simplicity itself: a group of people are given free tickets to the screening of a horror movie in a Berlin theatre. Soon the events on screen are replicating themselves in the theatre and the moviegoers find themselves barricaded into the cinema and engaged in a life-or-death battle with a horde of blood-thirsty, flesh-hungry, razor-clawed, sharp-toothed demons. There is little attempt made at…
Great lighting, great kills, great gore, great monsters, great ending, great music.Great movie.
Michele Soavi getting a face full of rebar FTW.
A horror film that is tons of fun but doesn't develop characters very well but they'll die anyway so who cares.
BONUS Film #13 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Item #12: A film from your birth year
What a great shlocky Italian horror film from the 80s. One of my favorite "set inside a movie theater" movies.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…