“Demons” – Chris Luedtke

One night circa 1985 in West Berlin, a horde of carnivorous demons is unleashed upon a small group of people in a movie theater. Together, a small group of survivors band together in order to make it out of the theater alive. Along the way, you’ll encounter some guts, gore, annoying keyboard music, and an overall good time.

Of all the asinine ideas in movies…just the plot description itself should be a major turn-off to anyone looking for some sort of shallow attempts to not be cheesy. Well, writers Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava pull every lever on the cheese wheel and send us spiraling into a dark movie theater we know exists. Many who have seen the almighty Dawn of the Dead will see a lot of ideas pulled from there and placed into Demons. Overall, though, it’s not a bad idea in the way it’s executed.

That’s also not to say its scary either. Making a truly original scary movie nowadays is nearly impossible. I mean look at television; we have reality shows – nothing gets scarier and more annoying than that shit. Anyway, Demons may make some people jump, but the only people who are going to roll around in their sleep after this are your children after they sneak a peek from upstairs. The demons do look well-done though. The sharp teeth, yellow eyes, and long finger claws are always a good save when your script is written out of sharp cheddar.

The acting isn’t anything special. Everyone in this movie did a decent job, but no one is going to take home anything more than a horror festival or Sundance award for being extraordinary in the B-department. I don’t recall any point in this movie where I was sucked in by anything else except the explosion of carnage going on at almost all times. The film also manages to follow Friday the 13th a bit pertaining to this, if you know what I mean.

Demons is not a bad film in any way. All B-horror fans should hail it for the plot’s sheer absurdity, but Argento and Bava managed to work some real magic with the budget and ideas that they had. The fact that they paid respect to great horror like Dawn of the Dead should also be noted once more because they managed to somehow create a believable, George Romeroesque cast of characters that actually seem to create real human drama in high tension situations. If you love B-horror, then Demons is right up your alley.

Rating: ★★★☆

-Chris Luedtke

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