***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…
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.…
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…
Rocking soundtrack, fantastic and exciting practical effects, and the best use of pus/green foam! I cheered more than once
Demons is one of the most ridiculous, over the top examples of the Italian Giallo movement. With its trademark 80s music pulsating through the film entire runtime, Demons is certainly, if nothing else, a clear product of its time, with all its crazy hairdos and leather-clad cocaine junkies. From watching the film, you could have almost sworn everybody was high on cocaine while making this film themselves.
Demons almost seems like the answer to the question, "What if The Evil Dead was even more over the top, and more ridiculous?" And herein, we have our answer: a messy, shamelessly gross and vile specimen of a film. Alas, I must admit that I didn't think as much of this…
What do you get when you add The Evil Dead and heavy metal music, neon-drenched cinematography, and a motorcyle ridin' katana swingin badass? You get motherfucking Demons. Directed by Lamberto Bava (son of legendary Italian horror filmmaker Mario Bava), written by Bava and Dario Argento, and scored by Goblin frontman Claudio Simmoneti, Demons is one of the most unique and badass flicks I've ever seen. Although Argento is only credited as writer/producer, his influence on the look of the film is evidenced by it's liberal use of red and blue light, and creative use of light and shadow. The gore is plentiful. Any gorehound's bloodlust will be satiated by Demons. And the soundtrack fucking rocks hard. Claudio Simmoneti did the…
Generally just not a fan of this sort of 80s trash horror where brutal gore is valued over actual thrills or clever ideas, but this one (produced and co-written by Argento) has just enough giallo in it to make it worthwhile. I mean, those colors, man. Oh, but yeah, the gore is pretty great.
Kinda wish it stuck to it's very giallo theme music rather than the wall-to-wall faux-punk commercial needle-drops (punk teens listening to Billy Idol?!?! They *must* be dangerous).
Was the soundtrack an addition in the English dubbing?
Considering how brutal and relentless this is, it probably wasn't a good idea to start this off as a Shocktober appetizer when it's clearly more of a featured dessert, where everything is just going to feel bloated or slow by comparison. But such is life and sometimes we have to watch a bunch of coke-punks snort blow out of a coca-cola can and listen to Go West at full volume RIGHT NOW.
"Don't make me laugh, Baby Pig."
A great way to start off October and Halloween season!
Some of the dialogue and acting is completely ridiculous but more than makes up for it with the all the bloody and gory kills. These demons don't fuck around, they don't just want to kill you, they want to rip you to shreds. My favorite demon was definitely the (prostitute??) who is turned first. She is vicious with fabulous nails and hair. haha
I required inspiration to finally finish conjuring up my list for next month's marathon, so it was high time to finally rewatch this one. While it's more obvious now just how poor some of the parts that go into it are (the acting on all fronts is atrocious, on screen and dubbed, the story makes zero sense, the punks are blatant padding, the movie in a movie concept feels underutilized), it's even easier to see just how little of it matters when it all comes together to work to a greater sum. There's such a great energy to the film as it moves along with its neon nightmare vibe, getting progressively crazier and crazier as it gets to the finish…
"Let's find the emergency exit!"
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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