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folks get invited to a film screening at a new movie theatre. The picture that’s playing is about demons coming to life and before
you can say “gore festival”, audience members turn into bloodthirsty
demons and raise some gory hell of their own. Have a blast!
will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities your tombs"--
Dario Argento-produced flick (he also co-wrote it) is a keeper. It’s a
perfect Friday night- bring the homies over and get fucked up- flick.
The version I just checked out was uncut and was a visual roller-coaster
ride of mood and plasma.
Premise-wise, the film hooked me early on and the build-up
was awesome! I really dug
how the flick intercut between the movie onscreen and the events that were
taking place in the theatre. Eventually both reality and fiction became
one and all hell broke loose. Think “Night Of The Living Dead” but
with lots of ketchup and oozing creature effects. On a visual standpoint,
Bava really gives us an eyeful. If it isn’t the “art deco” vibe the
movie theatre set puts out, it’s gnarly shots, the play with lighting
(lots of red and blue backlights) or the sharp editing. Slap a groovy
soundtrack in the background with some Motley Crue hitting hard or a fun-but-tacky score, and you get a film that stimulates all the right “horror
this definitely a style-over-substance piece of candy and it won't
win awards for best script, but for some reason I had no problem digesting
this bad boy’s faults. Questions like “Why the fuck is this
happening?”, "Who’s the dude in the mask?” or “Why do some people
transform into demons faster than others?” popped into my head but were
easily dismissed by the onslaught of gore, laughs and thrills that
unfolded before my eyes. The characters are also interchangeable cardboard
cutouts and apart from the no-bullshit pimp (Rhodes), I didn’t give a
rat’s ass about any of them. But for some odd reason that didn’t
bother me either! I mean, how can you go wrong with some dude hopping on a
dirt bike, riding it inside the movie theatre, over the theatre seats and
slicing all kinds of demons with a samurai sword? You just can’t! How
can you go wrong with demons chewing into people as if it was a free-for-all at Burger King? You just fucking can’t! Who cares about the damn
characters!?! The goodies easily made the faults inconsequential. That’s
rare for me…
I did let a lot of shit go, they were still a few things that managed to
annoy me. The first being the hint that the movie theatre usher broad is
“part of it all” and its eventual abandonment. Why put emphasis on a
character to make her seem evil and then do nothing with it? I kept
waiting for that hot chick to go hogwild and start killing…she
didn’t. I also had mixed feelings about the “delinquents riding in the
car” subplot. On one hand, it kind of upsets the rhythm of the film. I
didn’t dig being taken away from the main action taking place in the
theatre. Also, in the end, the subplot doesn’t really go anywhere! But on
the other hand seeing Lino Salemme (Ripper) snorting cocaine out of a
“Coke” can was hilarious and the Enrica Maria Scrivano (Nina) razor
blade tit scene was a priceless smutty sequence. So I’m half/half on
"Demoni" delighted the living shite out of me. Even its most inane plot
turns served it well! What the fuck wuz up with that “helicopter” gag?
I still don’t get it, but damn wuz it funny! Some movies are made to be
appreciated on a more “serious” level and that’s all good, but
film’s like "Demoni" are just fun times fluff and this one delivers
gangbusters in that department. The abundant gore, the dumbass dialogue,
the polished look and the absurd plot turns all come together to offer us
one of the tastiest cheese sandwiches you’ll ever chow on. Put on your
party hats and let's kill some demons!
the characters are mostly un-involving and the dialogue is dubbed, I’ll
rate the acting differently. Bobby Rhodes (Tony) is the only one that
stood out for me. He’s hilarious as the take-charge pimp-daddy and the
dubbing gave him priceless moments of silly dialogue for us to laugh at.
I’d want this dude on my side if demons ever decided to run rampant.
Urbano Barberini (George) looks like Dolph Lundgren and the more the movie
moved forward, the more he showed off his biceps. Natasha Hovey (Sheryll)
looks yummy…that’s it. Lino Salemme (Ripper) is hilariously tough as
the coke-snorting badass, think Sylvester Stallone but angry all the time.
Enrica Maria Scrivano (Nina) turned me on with her “hot and bothered”
facial expressions when her friend was teasing her tit with a razor blade.
it's gore you crave my friends, check this un-rated disk out ya'll! We get
very impressive demon transformations (all about the teeth growing out),
lots of puss bubbles, ripped throats, a nasty eye-gouging, a ripped
cranium (ouch!) and much more! All courtesy of effect wizard Sergio
Stivaletti. This one goes heavy on the sauce and this a-hole loved it!
Enrica Maria Scrivano (Nina) razor blade tit tease scene is one for the
bloody books. First off, she has a nice tit and second of all, the horny
faces she makes…DAMN GIRL! The ladies get Urbano Barberini (George)
showing off his biceps.
shows off his stuff by bombarding us with gnarly camera movements,
creative shots, play with shadows and a relentless pace. Sure, the film
takes a breather for the “delinquent riding in car” subplot, but apart
from that, this beeyatch never stops. Good show!
score by Claudio Simonetti is kind of corny (but still fun) at first but
eventually fits the scenes like a glove by becoming darker. We also get
some rocking tunes by Motley Crue, Billy Idol and Rick Springfield (who
the fuck is that?)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
have to give props for the menu effect that has a demon head rushing to
the screen after we select an option. It actually made me jump! I didn’t
see it coming. Here’s how the rest of the DVD holds up.
We get a 1:66:1 Widescreen
that that serves this stylish film well. The colors shine through (and so
does the blood) and we hardly get any grain. The film looks great and I
was delighted to finally see "Demoni" in such good condition.
We get Dolby Digital 5.1 and
Dolby Surround 2.0. The 5.1 sounds is a new remix made especially for this
DVD and it kicks ass! Since the film has a lot of music, it boomed through
my speakers very clearly and made the film so much more enjoyable. The
Dolby 2.0 is ok but stick to the 5.1 sounds, it’s way better.
Seeing Demoni with good sound and image was enough for me, but the DVD also
tosses in a few extras for good measure. Here they are.
Commentary: Lamberto Bava,
Sergio Stivaletti and journalist Loris Curci come in to talk about the
movie. Since Bava speaks poor English you’ll have to really listen and
sit through some “Italian” (for the Italian fans) but overall, it was
really kool to hear the on-set stories, the creature effects info and info
on how the film came to life. Bava hadn’t seen the film in 10 years when
he did the commentary and it was pretty kool to get his perspective today.
"Demoni" fans will love this extra.
Trailer: They didn’t really
know how to make trailers in those days and this one's a perfect example,
going long, clocking in
at over 2 minutes and kind of boring. Still interesting to check out
though in a nostalgic kind of way. Gotta love the 80’s.
The Scenes Segment: This extra
takes a look at the effects of the film in Italian (it’s subtitled) but
it only runs for 1 minute and 15 seconds! I think it’s an excerpt from a
longer documentary. It’s still kool but just not long enough.
Biographies: Here we get some
short background info on Lamberto Bava (director), Dario Argento
(producer/co-writer), Sergio Stivaletti (effects), Dardano Sacchetti
(co-writer) and Michelle Soavi (actor/a.d). It’s a harmless extra.
is a non-stop assault of gore, atmosphere and cheese. When it’s good, it's
great and when it's bad, it's better. If you’re looking for a thought-out
horror flick, skip it...but if you just want to be immensely entertained, give
this one a holler. It won't let you down.
Bava is the son of famous Italian director Mario Bava.
film was shot in Berlin/Germany.
Michelle Soavi played the dude in the mask. He directed the awesome
“Stagefright” and “Cemetary Man”
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