***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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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…
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…
This 80's Italian horror has a quality that rings true to the idiom 'They don't make 'em like they use to'. The film is infectiously dumb with so much style to burn. Technically, the film looks stunning. Bava utilizes his spaces to suffocate his characters in deep reds/blues and with slight themes of 80's urbanization (the cement walls are still closing in on us). The film within a film aspect kind of lays bare a sort of self-indictment of the shift in cinema, especially in Italian horror. Is Demons no different than the cheesy spectacle that the audience watches in the film? When one gets to see a demon sporting Rick James braids tear people's throats out, these sort of questions seem frivolous.
"Nostradamus? That sounds like a rap group."
Some inventive gore and stylish camerawork elevate occasionally repetitive and often interchangeable sequences of a motley crew (get it?) of moviegoers screaming and scampering from fanged, vomiting, boil popping monsters. I especially liked the clawed-up tween girl bursting through the movie screen at the same moment as a projected knife slash. The room of impenetrable red curtains was a nice touch as well. Shout out to my main man, the sideburned sassy pimp with a decent head on his shoulders.
A lot of these scenes I still vividly remember a good seven or so years after my first viewing way back in my Boston apartment, specifically the hooker cutting herself on a silver…
"That'll teach you to touch things!"
Certainly not the best Italian horror movie, but maybe the most fun. It's a rock and roll musical/party that hits all the right notes to be totally satisfying (including coked up punks and an out-of-nowhere deus ex machina or rather a machina ex machina) and leaves you with more than a few iconic images and a Claudio Simonetti score you can breakdance to.
Perfect heartless, stylish chaos.
Giovanni Frezza, the in euro cult circles, famous child actor, did his last part in Lamberto Bava’s Demons. It’s very fitting. This is a boy that graced us with his appearance in Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery, Lamberto Bava’s A Blade in the Dark, Enzo Castellari’s The New Barbarians and Lucio Fulci’s criminally underrated Manhattan Baby. That’s quite an impressive career of Italian genre cinema. In Demons he’s 13 years old and I guess it was time for him to focus on school and getting a real job.
And it’s a great farewell, on several levels. The last we see of Giovanni is in a jeep, going away from the hoards of Demons chasing him and his family…
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…
***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…