***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…
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…
Proof positive that great horror makes for the most self-reflexive genre out there. Spectators are made complicit in the carnage ripped literally from the screen. All of that hifalutin film talk is rad, but not as much as katana-wielding motorbike hero George ripping through demons set to ragin' metal.
The lengths some people will go to see a free movie.
Usually when a film is described as a "love letter to the movies," I instinctively recoil at the presumable torrent of maudlin piffle to which I'm about to be subjected. But this... this is how you make a love letter to the movies. Or at least a love letter to going to the movies.
I was fortunate enough to see this for the first time in an actual movie theater, and I sincerely can't think of many movies for which the theater experience is more essential. A bit like The Exterminating Angel cross-bred with Night of the Living Dead set in an urban theater and pumped full of neon green goo, this is one of those trash flicks where the audience laughs ironically for the first 15 minutes and then gradually shuts up as they realize they're actually witnessing something pretty incredible. This is dangerously close to a masterpiece.
As a former movie theater butter jockey I can confirm that this is an accurate depiction of the final Harry Potter movie midnight showing.
It's a beaut.
"Holy Shit! She's a friend of mine!"
Just like Return of the Living Dead, this failed to be as good as I remembered. The finale is great, and the premise sound, and movie theaters should be used more often as locations. And the gore is good. It's that the characters suck, there's no real reason for the four punk kids, the pacing is off (even when the demons show up) and it lacks any intensity. It's just gore and noise. The soundtrack isn't bad… and Lamberto Bava tried to be Argento with the lighting and completely missed the point. Unless it's part of the meta aspect of the movie… which is half-assed.
If you're getting into Italian horror, this actually has better pacing than most (even if…
It's...pretty bad. The first half is pretty good and has a lot of great visuals, but then it starts rehashing itself, and then it goes totally off the rails with the move into outside of the theater, where apparently some kind of postapocalyptic society has managed to form in the two hours since the demons started spreading in the theater.
The bluray of this LOOKS incredible, it really shows off the crazy lighting and use of color. It's like a hacky Mario Bava/Dario Argento clone! Which I guess is just how people usually describe Lamberto. :P
My favorite thing about the movie was seeing the girl from Deep Red/What Have You Done to Solange/Who Saw Her Die/Night Child/Footprints on the…
Una absoluta maravilla con más defectos que un político pero que es imposible no amar con sus metáforas salvajes, su imaginación brutalísima y su cachondo sentido del espectáculo. Matar demonios con una katana, subido en una moto dentro de un cine y con heavy metal trallero de fondo. Séptimo cielo.
***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…