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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.
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…
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…
"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.…
31 DAYS OF HORROR: Day 1
Demons is interesting because it takes place almost entirely inside of a movie theater, as an audience is watching a new horror movie that hasn't been released yet. But this isn't an entire movie about people watching a movie. Things take a strangely horrifying turn for the worse as people are being turned into an instrument of evil, as they start to die or turn into monstrous creatures, running amok in the auditorium. This variegated bloodbath is a pure 80's artifact, a film that packs the macho hero, relentless carnage, a blaring heavy metal soundtrack, a samurai sword, a motorcycle, & a Deus Ex Machina. Literally out of nowhere. There are many impressive transformation & gore…
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.
Rosemarie: Ow, shit, I scratched myself
Tony the Pimp: That will teach you to touch things.
A spaghetti Evil Dead. Bloody, grisly and when you think it's hit its peek, it bumps it up one more notch. Truly a movie that goes to 11.
Questo é un capolavoro. bava riesce a mettere insieme una bella squadra dii attori ed il film funzia alla grande. Ad una fermata della metro di berlino un tizio stralunato (michelino soavi) con il volto coperto da una maschera di ferro strana, vuole appioppare a tutti i costi dei biglietti per la prima di un film ad un tipa che accetta a malincuore. Da qui in poi, va tutto a puttane... per tutti. La gente per bene perché di bella gente si tratta ( troie, papponi, punk e finocchi) che si reca al cinema rimarrá favorevolmente sorpresa dalla pellicola e dalla bella atmosfera gioiosa. Un film che va visto e amato.
I love Demons! There I said it. I cannot help it. This maybe one of my favorite horror movies let alone one of my favorite Italian horror flicks. Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento came together to create pure 80s magic with Demons. It's not for the faint of heart however so be warned! It is very gory but very, very good!
Demons is basically a reimaging of a zombie movie except the creatures are called demons even though you can get infected like a zombie. The film starts with a young heroine being stalked by a masked man in a subway station in Berlin. She flees thinking he wants to hurt her but when he finally catches up he gives…
Euro trash demonic zombie slasher exploitation film with a fun idea and a soundtrack so 80s it practically comes with it's own hairspray can. Gloriously cheesy.
I didn't expect (or want) Lamberto to be much like his father, but I was hoping for him to be more than a cut-rate Lucio Fulci. (Cute Zombi nod, by the way.) The titular creatures, with their gnarled teeth and green spew and thirst for stupid people and random back-bursting tendencies, were great, as were all the gooey gory demonic effects. (I'm a sucker for a transformation sequence.) However, the film's inability to keep track of its nominal protagonist, or keep its eyes on the prize (cf. needlessly cross-cutting between the theater shenanigans & the jerks outside with the ha-ha can of coke), or make any of its non-demonic characters less worthy of being dispatched by Mortal Kombat Face & his minions,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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