***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…
Quite simply one of the purist horror movies you will ever see and a constant in my life since renting the VHS back in 1986. Absolutely batshit mental in the best way and 88 minutes of entertainment with no fat on it whatsoever, and seeing as it started out as an Evil Dead rip-off it has become quite influential itself; for proof just check out 28 Days Later and nearly every non-Romero zombie movie made since, including the Evil Dead remake which owes more to this than it does to Raimi's film.
Demons is a blast from start to finish! It's as cheesy as it is gory, but the cheese just adds to the entertainment. This movie is so ridiculous that you'll be laughing the whole way through. Dirt bike and Samurai sword, enough said!
When almost everyone in the theater has turned into demons, of course the obvious solution is to drive around on a motorcycle, cutting them into ribbons with a katana until a helicopter randomly crashes through the ceiling.
I would say this is a guilty pleasure, but I don't feel guilty about this one. Not at all. This movie was my gateway into Italian horror films.
Ever own a film that you blindly bought a while ago, but just haven't been interested in watching it yet? The premise sounded cool and you told yourself that you will watch it when you get some extra time. Then you finally watch that film and it totally blows you away and instantly becomes one of your favorite horror films ever......enter Demons!
This was a blast! It's the perfect mix of Night of the Demons and Dawn of the Dead, but it takes place in a movie theatre. The gore hits insane levels and the effects are super impressive. The colors and atmosphere used throughout really add so much to the film, it becomes like another character. It's a B horror film with big effects and big action and as fun as any horror film you will ever see.
I just to love this one, but over the years it has become cheesy to me... (own on DVD)
Somehow, someway, I'd never seen this one even thought I was certain I had. Turns out, it was the sequel, the one where they're all trapped in an apartment complex, not the first Bava/Argento collaboration where everyone is doing what they can to get out of a demonic movie theatre. Worth the wait? Kinda, this Italian Z-grade horror entry a total gore-for-broke hoot from start to finish that makes zero sense (and that's perfectly okay). Needless to say, you have to like this sort of thing to enjoy. If you do, there's a reason this has achieved a cult following over the decades; if you don't, stay as far, far away as possible. And, remember, don't put on the mask - - - it's bad.
Funny flick. Not that good, but still
There are a lot of American directors that can rightfully claim to make great gore movies, but nobody does that quite like the Italians do. Dario Argento and Mario Bava are the masters of the genre, but with "Demons", Lamberto Bava keeps his father's traditions very much alive. His dad would be proud.
The movie doesn't have a single good performance and what little plot there is is mostly incoherent and nonsensical. But, the film excels at disturbing the audience, and Bava shows the same style and energy as a filmmaker that his dad demonstrated. That is more than enough to make up for the picture's other shortcomings.
The movie is slow to build, and it takes up way too…
Nostalgic trash … but above average.
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***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
- Ace in the Hole
- In the Heat of the Night
- Hard Times
- One-Eyed Jacks
- Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins...
Come hell or high water I will watch these films this year.
They are a mixture of things I haven't…