This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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…
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…
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…
"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.
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.…
Demons just exudes an atmosphere like no other film I know (apart from maybe Demons 2). The mood in that cinema can just be cut with a knife. I’ve seen Demons a few times now and this is the first time that I’ve noticed just how silly it is. I’m not an idiot, I always got that it was a bit silly, but this time it really sunk in. What made me realise, was a scene where the group all decide to stick together and move to another area of the cinema, only one girl decides it’s a good idea to take a detour into a dark room. It’s just idiotic, but so much fun.
Another thing that hit me…
awesome soundtrack and hecka fun effects
An entertaining film, although dated and with cliche 80s music.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Demons are so much cooler than zombies, with their glowing eyes and green vomit.
As a movie it falls in the same category as Michael Jackson's Thriller; long ass music videos. So your appreciation of Demons will depend almost entirely on how you feel about the music, and visual aesthetics. It's pretty gross, too. And I'm saying that as a compliment, obviously.
I think my favourite part is that in the short time that the main characters (well, the ones that make it out) are stuck in the cinema, everything has gone to shit in the outside world because of that one demon who fled the coop when those coke can-snorting punks got in. It's just a nice pay off to a thing you might have already forgotten about.
"Oh, that's Rambo talking, baby."
Gory as all hell,
Even more nonsensical.
It will not make sense.
I want to fuck the demons
"The movie's to blame for all this."
If it wasn't the joyriding band of punks snorting coke through a straw from a Coca Cola can that made this perfect, it was the Son of Bava's clever imagery and Giallo palette that elevates this horrifically laughable cult classic to one of artistry.
3,5 points for the demon popping out of the woman's back, and the use of Accepts Fast as a Shark.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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