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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…
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.
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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.…
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…
She put on that mask and scratched herself, get it? Because of that scratch she became a demon, an instrument of evil. Just like they said in the damn movie, you heard em!
Rewatched as a part of 4 feature marathon at the Wiltern the night before Halloween.
Kind of a weak event, really. Thin crowd, especially by the time they got around to playing Demons, which (fortunately) wasn't until after midnight. It was worth it to see Demons in a theater, though. The best way to watch this chaotic Itailian gorefest.
Whadda you waitin for you sonofvubitch!?
Bobby Rhodes for life.
My father was a sole tradesman. Just about everyday of his life, until his body finally broke, he spent his days alone fixing and improving peoples homes while they went off to work. It was pretty lonely stuff. That is until the school holidays and I was bundled into his ute and sent along with him. I am not sure I was great company for a man like my father but maybe it was just knowing that someone else was there made some kind of difference.
It is actually kind of interesting what you see when you are often working on people's roofs all the time. I remember looking down into a neighbours back yard once. The old Greek man…
After watching THE CHURCH last year and this today, I know now for sure that I do not like Lamberto Bava.
A strangle plot devic/portal into another world transorms people into... Demons.
+Amazing soundtrack. It's almost Italo disco in a horror movie. And it works. Suprisingly well. It's really rare to see music mesh so well and sync like this, especially budgety VHS type shlock. 25 pts
+pretty scary looking demons. These things are nasty. and the possession by one is pretty gruesome. costumes and masks are well done. 25 pts
+decent enough story, narrative, problem solving and traditional denoument of events in this kind of movie 15 pts
+some pretty good scenes. lots of creepy/jumpy moments. does what a horror movie is supposed to. 15 pts
tbh I loved this movie. I'd say its the best horror I've seen in…
This has to be seen to be believed. Incredible violent over the top dubbed horror fun.
Especially the samurai sword wielding guy on a motorcycle circling and beheading zombies in a movie theater auditorium.
Not only do the demonic monsters in Lamberto Bava’s "Demons" look absolutely terrifying (the makeup effects here are absolutely stunning in their believability), but the director’s absolute genius in delivering a story with such a metaphysical undercurrent only heightens the amount of horror the movie possesses. Setting a film in a movie theater in which the grounds of safe-cinema is obstructed, "Demons" is a frequently terrifying (as well as deliciously campy) showcase for how the horror film works within the realm of the audience; setting off constant thoughts of what it means to view cinematic terror compared to actually experiencing it. That it’s so much fun during such provocation is the best part.
Weird Italoschlock hybrid of EVIL DEAD and '80s he-man action creates some suspense & delivers buckets of gore. Wildly entertaining nonsense.
First time watch and it was such a great time. Glad this movie delivered!
From Lamberto Bava, son of the fantastic Mario Bava, and Dario Argento, and more importantly than anything else, Straight Out Of 1985! comes Demons. I don’t know how I never saw this movie before, it seems so ubiquitous.
It’s both great and terrible at the same time.
Transpiring mostly at a hip Berlin movie theater, Metropol, a meta-demon attack breaks out on cinema-goers as they take in a freak, free showing of a horror film that seems to presage the one in which they find themselves trapped. I was struck how sort of Evil Dead (1981) these demons seemed to be. Demon possession makes you look all weird and scary and freaky-looking.
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