Thursday, June 16, 2011

Demons (1985) a.k.a. Dèmoni

Director: Lamberto Bava

Producer: Dario Argento

Country: Italy (why of course)

Tagline: They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.

Plot: A bunch of people get stuck inside a cinema (Metropol) with a whole load of ‘demons’, and are desperately trying to escape before turning into one of them.

In the great tradition of so-bad-it’s-good horror movies what makes this film so awesome is it’s brilliantly simple horror plot. It is packed full of brilliant make up sfx and boasts a heavy metal soundtrack with the likes of Motley Crue and Billy Idol. As in all horror some of the characters are sympathetic and some you severely hope die in the first ten minutes -  the irritatingly pathetic girl (who stupidly brings her friends to the cinema in the first place), the heroic tough guy, the ill-fated punks, the misogynistic pimp, the blind guy, the unlikely hero... you get the picture. It also leaves you desperate (or not...) for more, who was the creepy guy with half a metal face? What’s the mask all about? How did the demons escape the cinema and populate the entire city in the time that it took only few humans to escape? If all those questions and a overly sufficient helping of gore don’t leave you gagging for Demons 2, I don’t know what will.

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