***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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…
A clichéd movie with bad performances, a boring and silly story, and horrible, horrible special effects.
Boy, those demons sure do act a lot like zombies!
Also, that main guy sure was adept at navigating a motorcyle through rows of movie theater seats considering it was his first time ever doing it!
The Synapse Blu-ray is pristine, essential for fans of this '80s fright film.
This is such an intense amount of fun! There is no other way to describe it, its just non stop relentless fun! It has a lot of great elements. Gore. Metal soundtrack. Booming score. Non stop thrills. Laughs. It's shot beautifully here and has some great lighting choices too.
It's weird how long i spent of my life thinking Argento directed this. Of course he had input, but no... no he didn't direct this. All direction goes to Lamberto Bava. I've got no idea why i thought Argento directed this, don't ask me. I'm sure there must be a bigger reason as to why i thought that apart from the fact he had his name on the project. Anyway I'm…
That helicopter bit is hilarious.
The best moviegoing experience.
Demons is a film that never seems to have it's foot in the realm of seriousness and that's a good thing. Without giving away most of the awesome parts of the movie the gist of the story is that many random guests receive an invitation to a movie theater to see a movie. Yes this is one of those watching a movie of other people watching a movie type movies. In any case there is a haunted mask that turns the wearer into a demon. It just so happens an unlucky individual dons this mask and spreads their demon contagion like wildfire. Demons kind of adopts the zombie style spreading except I suppose it can be any kind of wound.…
The third and best of a surprise Italian triple feature. Consistently funny and inventive.
30 years since it was made and probably nearly 20 since I last saw it, Demons remains a top-class slice of 80s Italian gore. The film is just such fun, despite the fact that it makes no sense and has plot holes large enough to drive a truck through (or to be more accurate crash a helicopter through).
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…