***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…
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…
No sé cuál fue el papel de Dario Argento en Demoni, pero se ve su sello. Demons es como la mezcla entre el giallo Argentero y la comedia de horror americana de los ochentas, muy de la vena de Evil Dead, The Return Of The Living Dead, Tales of the Crypt, etc. Padre mezcla, no?
This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, but it was still pretty cool. Urbano Barberini, who has an awesome name, is the best as a weeny-seeming guy named George who ends up being pretty handy with swords and motorcycles. Bobby Rhodes is also pretty good as a bald guy with sideburns. The soundtrack gets 5 stars.
This film just literally dropped in my lap - I had ordered Jess Franco's Les démons (1973) from Diabolik DVD, but they made a mistake in packaging and sent me the Synapse mass market Blu-Ray release of Lamberto Bava's similarly titled 1985 gore fest instead. I had watched this movie years ago and didn't think much of it at the time - in fact, when I transferred my painstakingly assembled handwritten notes of all the movies I have watched to Letterboxd, I ended up rating this one just a single star. One star. I usually reserve that dubious honor for dross that comes out of the increasingly inspirationless Hollywood celluloid machine. But seeing this several years later in a glorious…
Demons has such high aspirations of making an actually scary movie that when it doesn't work it's still incredibly entertaining as über-schlocky horror. That Evil Dead -esque shot in the basement where the camera claustrophobically circles the walls clearly showcases Lamberto Bava's attempt at making this a serious film, even though it could never be that, and it just adds a cherry on top of the Demons-experience.
Me sigue maravillando. Clásico de terror ochentero italianianesco con bien de gore y unos villanos simpáticos a estas alturas de la edad del film
Classic italian horror.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Dario Argento apadrinando al hijo de Mario Bava, Lamberto, con una aparente premisa que exagera lo literal: El cine y sus demonios o la influencia del "diablo" en el cine.
A partir de allí, lo que viene es una serie de ideas visuales que sonaban llamativas en el papel y que luego, bueno, pegaron con saliva en el guión de alguna manera para que y que tuviese coherencia.
Sin embargo, aunque Lamberto no tiene gran control sobre las imágenes y deja diluir esas grandes ideas visuales, "Dèmoni" tiene cosas divertidas y absurdas como un helicóptero que sin razón alguna cae en la mitad de una sala de cine vacía o una secuencia de acción donde el protagonista (o bueno, uno…
A sequência onde somos apresentados ao grupo de jovens no carro é a máxima representativa de um bom filme de gênero. Tudo se justifica pela ideia. No caso, o incidente envolvendo a coca-cola passa por cima de tudo. Não importa se o ritmo do filme é quebrado ou se prejudica a sua narrativa - obviamente estou me referindo aqui ao modo padrão/clássico/vigente de narrar. Para sermos capazes de avaliar e entender qualquer filme, precisamos descobrir seus objetivos e aprender sua linguagem. Informações que apenas a própria obra é capaz de nos fornecer.
I love this gorefest. Mid-80's Italian classic. Some great and cheesy EFX. Acting is over-the-top and the movie doesn't make a lot of sense but it still packs a nice scare. Great sound with a fun soundtrack. Fiore Argento and Fabiola Toledo are hot in this one.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…