Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
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…
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.…
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.
Oh golly. The amount of times I’ve seen this little gem are uncountable, and still it surprises me just as much each time how damned jam packed with insanity it is. I’d be as bold to say that Lamberto Bava’s Demons might just be the pinnacle of mid/late eighties Italian horror. It’s so damned packed with effects, music and action that it simply stands a head taller than almost everything else.
Two girls, Cheryl (Natasha Hovey) and Kathy (Paola Cozzo), get free tickets to a late night screening of a movie at the Metropol theatre. They go there and discover that it’s a horror film preview… but not just a horror movie, more of a movie with a curse. As…
I'm really starting to love Italian horror films. Just a fucking blast.
Another one to check off my list of musr sees. This one has a huge following among b-movie cinephiles, but it doesn"t quits hold up.
Demons is a quintessential 80's schlock/horror film. Produced by infamous Italian horror director Dario Argento (Suspira) and directed by Lamberto Bava, son of horror legend Mario Bava (Black Sabbath, Bay of Blood.)
The story follows a very meta approach about a film within a film that tells of a mask that when a person wears/disturbs(?) it will be turned into a demon. From there they can "infect" others and turn them into demons, somewhat like a zombie apocalypse. The story itself, outside of the film within a film angle, is fairly simple. Group gets trapped in a creepy theatre and all Hell breaks loose. It's what the film does with its stylistic directing and ensemble that works the best. There…
Pure deranged, unbridled pleasure for anyone who can appreciate such things.
"What the HELL happened to Rosemary?!"
"Horror is one of the most readily dismissed genres from critics and film buffs, yet is, arguably, the…
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Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…