Demons

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Demons (Dèmoni): after being lured into a free movie screening a diverse cross-section of society are trapped and attacked by a demon curse. Essentially a zombie film but with demons, everything about Demons is an excuse to get more gore on the screen, and the crimson effects are unbelievable – puss, bile, blood, guts, and even whole demons bursting out of people – all done with physical FX. Not unlike some of Argento’s films of the era the production feels surprisingly high quality, which has made the modern blu ray release look way more impressive than similar movies from this era. The soundtrack is also interesting; packed with heavy metal royalty (and Rick Springfield) – Saxon, Billy Idol, Motley Crue, Pretty Maids, Accept – which give the film an authentic and nostalgic edge. To pad out the runtime we’re treated to longer-than-necessary sections of a film-within-a-film, and a completely ridiculous (and unrelated) street punk side-story – but it’s forgivable stuff. There’s also lots of ‘bad’ / ‘hammy’ aspects to the film which make it ripe for B-movie / cult status: it’s very 80s, and things like the dialogue, characters (like a black guy who just happens to be a switchblade proficient pimp), and performances carry a ‘midnight movie’ feel. Demons is not for everyone, but gore fiends and metal aficionados are the target for this badly dubbed pan-European cheesy horror.

Score: 6/10
B-Movie Score: 9/10

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5 comments
  1. drhumpp said:

    Bobby Rhodes, the switchblade proficient pimp, is probably my favorite part. He’s even great as the trainer in the sequel!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Looking forward to Demons 2, I’ve seen a few clips of him strutting around a Gym looking ridiculous that seemed to bad to miss.

      Was surprised by how well made this was, although it did have Argento’s name blazoned over the poster.

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      • drhumpp said:

        I like Demons 1 better, and I know a lot of people don’t care for 2. To me, they’re so similar that I can’t imagine loving one and absolutely hating the other.

        It is quite nonsensical though. If you listen to the Lenzi commentary on the old Anchor Bay disc, the moderator asks him what’s going on at one point and he responds, “I don’t know.”

        Pretty amusing stuff.

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        • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

          It’s always reassuring to see that the director didn’t even know what he was doing! I can imagine in productions as wild as Demoni that the ante just keeps getting upped and upped until the SFX team / props etc just get out of control!

          Looking forward to catching number 2 for sure.

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  2. ripleyhickslv426 said:

    Demoni, absolute classic. Tony The Pimp always gets a mention whenever anyone brings this film into conversation but the film overall was really well done with the practical effects well used taking into account the limited budget. I do prefer this one to Demoni 2 BUT that one’s definitely worth a watch. Give us an official Demoni 3!!

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