Arts&Entertainment

dvd reviews

October 28, 2010
By Jared Curtis jared@dmcityview.com

 

‘Night of the Demons’

Directed by Adam Giersch

Rated R, 93 minutes

There were two reasons why I knew “Night of the Demons” would be an awful film. First, it’s a remake of an ’80s film (which had amazing box art) about a bunch of kids partying in a house who accidentally unleash demon spirits, and then take over the kids bodies, killing the rest of the party guests. Secondly, the top billed actors — Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie”) and Edward Furlong (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Animal Factory”) — had me laughing out loud. Both reasons proved true as halfway through “Night of the Demons” I actually wondered if the director had intended to create a cheesy, poorly acted, B-movie. Sadly, that wasn’t the case; it was just extremely bad acting. Other than Diora Baird’s amazing naked body, “Night of the Demons” is terrible and should only be seen by horror junkies looking for a few cheap scares. CV

 

‘Demons’

Directed by Lamberto Bava

1985, Rated R, 88 minutes

The idea of demons possessing people is a recycled trend in Hollywood. Sure, there are a few original ideas (“The Exorcist”), but the majority are just rehashed stories with more blood and guts than the last demon attack. And although there were plenty of films before and after, I’m proclaiming “Demons” an originator in the genre. A group of people head to their local movie theater to see a new film. But soon, the on-screen demons are set loose and begin attacking the audience. People are killed and turned into demons, but a small group fights for their lives inside the theater. It sounds absurd, but it’s not. “Demons” is an amazing horror film (produced by Italian horror master Dario Argento) filled with blood, guts and plenty of severed limbs. If you want to hide your face in terror while having a good laugh this Halloween, check out “Demons.” CV

 


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