DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Amy Lynn Best
Sofiya Mina Smirnova
What's it about
Zany sorority kids go to a bowling alley to party, only to find out that the chicks who own it are actually demons (!).
Is it good movie?
Naturally, Coventry Lanes is run by our four evil demons who are trying
to lure people in to eat them. They hire two "loser" girls to work
there, one who thinks the sorority kids are really mean, and the other
who is dying to get in.
Of course, there's a big shindig going on the alley, and the girls have
to serve the mean jerks who have tortured them for so long. This
doesn't really matter though, because eventually the girls get sent
home when they get some drinks spilled on them.
It gets better though- once the disgraced uncool gals get home, the
demons contact them through the internet (weird) and offer to fulfill
their biggest wishes. The girls of course want to be hot and desirable
so they can get the dreamboats they've lusted after who happen to be at
the party. And of course, this also means they become demons. Lisa, the
more conservative girl regrets her decision, while Taffy (the more
despeate one) is loving it.
Believe it or not, if you think that Demon Divas sounds like it might
be fun for you, you'll probably enjoy it. Know that it looks like it
was made for really, really cheap though. Effects are lousy and almost
the whole thing takes place in a bowling alley. The whole thing is
clearly an homage to lame 80s horror flicks and the love does manage to
shine through here and there.
Nikki McCrea and Sofiya Smirnova are both trying hard in their roles as
the demons-to-be, even if they don't always hit the mark. This is not a
film to watch for the acting though, because the cast is mostly
terrible and this is another "30 year olds as college students" movie.
You'll notice familiar scream queens taking the stage in the titular
roles: Debbie Rochon, Amy Lynn Best, Lilith Stabs, and Brinke Stevens.
This is a flick that's pretty out there, and totally ridiculous. Plus,
people take their clothes off to play strip bowling, I kid you not.
Yes, the film quality is terrible. You won't find an ounce of
continuity here either but at least everyone seems to be having fun.
The bottom line here is that if you like the idea of pure schlock,
you'll dig this. It's a "bad horror movie" to a T and it knows it. It
is what it is and I can't say that this would appeal to a lot of
people, but if you love Troma's stuff, this'll fit in wiith your
collection quite nicely.
Video / Audio
Video and audio specs aren't listed, but this movie looks and sounds pretty terrible, especially the audio.
First up is a short film, the Night
We Didn't Discuss Myra Breckenridge, an enjoyable little deal
about coming upon the book of the dead while at a book club. It's
actually pretty funny and clever.
Next up is a short montage of behind
the scenes footage, which includes makeup stuff, people laughing
and joking a lot, screen tests, alternate takes and more. It runs about
12 minutes long.
There are also two commentary tracks,
one with director Mike Watt and actress/producer Amy Lynn Best
(Crystal), and the other with Nikki McCrea (Lisa) and Aaron Bernard
(Johnny). Watt's commentary is stronger, and the guy shares lots of
interesting tidbits. If you want to know hot to get a movie made on the
cheap, there's lots of great stories here. These two are talking right
up until the very end, which is cool. The other track is a little less
informative, but it's sort of fun to listen to as well although these
two tend to narrate more than anything else. Still, if you love this
movie, it's worth a listen because these two have a good sense of humor.
There are also trailers for
Demon Divas, The Resurrection Game, Happy Cloud Pictures and Splatter
At the end of the day, I'm a little torn about this flick. I don't
think it belongs on shelves beside bigger movies, but if you like to
make your own movies or love supporting indie stuff then it's worth a
look. There's some clever writing, but the production values are so low
that it's hard to see past.
There's got to be some charm in a movie with a dialogue like "I'd be popular too, if I gave blowjobs away like Chuck E Cheese tokens..and tired.", but this is not a good movie. At the end of the day, I'm a little torn about this flick. I don't think it belongs on shelves beside bigger movies, but if you like to make your own movies or love supporting indie stuff then it's worth a look. There's some clever writing, but the production values are so low that it's hard to see past.