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Monday, July 8, 2013

Demons (1985)

Attending a movie premiere in a newly renovated theater, a group of unfortunate souls are trapped with a pack of maniacal demons. That's all you need to know, except for the fact that once you're bitten or scratched, you become a demon as well.  Director/Writer Lamberto Bava [son of the legendary cinematographer Mario Bava] and Producer/Writer Dario Argento give us a melodramatic, blood-squirting screamfest that can only come from Italy.  Like many other Argento films, this one blurs the line between what's happening on the movie screen featured the film and what's happening in the film.  Argento always knows how to use these kinds of set-ups for maximum impact and Demons is no exception.

If you have a low tolerance for blood, Demons is definitely not for you.  It's loaded with multiple stabbings and blood dripping everywhere.  The "demon ooze" is also totally disgusting.  It can be best described as a tsunami pimple that erupts with brutal force.  It even made me squirm a little bit which doesn't happen very often.  While Demons would not be considered torture porn, it's pretty violent stuff.

Demons also boasts some crazy special effects including fingernails growing into claws and teeth falling out, only to be replaced by gnarled, crooked fangs.  With the help of contact lenses and a little green slime, the demon look is complete.  It's actually quite good and skillful especially for the time period of the movie.  

A sequel to Demons was made the following year.  While IMDB rates the original higher, I actually prefer the sequel in terms of storytelling, its artistic sense of style and the fact that its a bit lees gorier than the first.  See both if you like to have a gross out good time.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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