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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.
A moral lesson on why you should never ever ever accept free movie tickets from a fella dressed as a bootleg Phantom of the Opera.
So, what happens when a group of people including a duo of college class skipping ladies, a pair of yuppie yuppies, a young first love couple, a wise old blindman and his nymphomaniac companion, a gang of Class of 84 reject punks, and a mackdaddy pimp and his two ho's all get trapped in a movie theatre possessed by demons? Total fuckin' chaotic chaos, of course. What makes it even better? When they go from movie watchers, to demon green gooze ooze possessed. God bless, the Italians!
Lamberto Bava in the director's chair. Dario Argento…
Hoop-Tober, Film 9 of 31:
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…
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…
"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…
CW: gore, violence, zombies
It's an old, old trope, but it speaks to a common idea in horror entertainment. When the point is to be scared, even just a little bit, you have to find ways to get the veterans of this sort of thing a little unnerved, a little thrilled, a little frightened. The problem with desensitization is that you no longer sustain your disbelief, you no longer feel what the characters are feeling. You know it's not real, and therefore, it's no longer scary. So this old trope lives because disbelief has always been a problem. "The screams are real." The scares aren't limited to what's on screen. This might actually happen to you.
Of course, this film…
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.
If this is the self aware homage to 'so-bad-they're-good' horror films that I think it is, then it's a really fun, vibrant, high energy, heavy metal soundtracked, film about people watching a bad horror film. How very meta.
If if course I'm wrong and this is totally sincere then jeeeeezzzzz....
Rollicking, kick ass Italian gorefest is pure splatter bliss. It has everything I could all for: graphic gore, unrelenting action, kick ass heavy metal music, and beautiful Italian women. A magnum opus indeed.
Absolutely fucking ridiculous. When a weird steampunk silver-masked dude in the subway hands out a free pass to a movie premiere, a young woman and her friend decide to go. At the movie premiere, hipsters and aging artists gather only to be possessed by demons one by one and rip each other apart. An Italian movie centered around Americans with awful English dubbing.
Once upon a time, I proclaimed that DEMONS 2 was better than the original. Yeah, that was probably a poor judgment. Upon this recent viewing on the original, I have to say the first DEMONS is not only better, but it's also probably the best Lamberto Bava movie I've seen. The plot is simple -- a group of people attending a screening of a horror movie find the action onscreen quickly bleeds over into the "real" world -- and people begin dying, bleeding or turning into vicious demons. It's not perfect; the movie breaks its own rules with one character suffering a vicious demon scratch, but never turns into a monster like everyone else. But this is pure enjoyment from…
sometimes you just want to watch the world go splat.
this film goes splat. a lot.
35mm at anthology
I have no idea what kept me from song this earlier, but man I dig it! I'm watching Demons for the first time. Totally dig it. It's got some crazy dream like settings and events. The maze theater is something I dream about once in a while. Great slimey gore too!
Final review. I'm tired...so tired.
But you know what? Nothing like ending a marathon with a European's take on 80s culture and Heavy metal (in this case, Motley Crue) with some fantastically bad stereotypes and some amazing practical gore effects.
Yup, DEMONS was a blast...more so than THE CHURCH (which is the 3rd in the series). Check it and have a great Hoop-tober!
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***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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