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DEMONI II
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Lamberto Bava

Starring:
Coralina Cataldi Cassoni
David Edwin Knight
Nancy Brilli

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Ok, this one is kind of weird. Teenagers somehow enter into a 'forbidden zone' of the demons on a TV show, which somehow causes a demon to enter into the real world via airwaves, which plays havoc on an apartment building, turning most of its tenants into demons. That was a run-on sentence that made about as much sense as this movie.
Is it good movie?
I've got to tell you- I loved the first Demoni, I thought it kicked all kinds of ass and brought an authentic italian flavor to my plate of horror indulgence. It was brutally nasty and just fun to watch while being different enough on its own merit. I don't think i'll ever forget that 'transformation' scene, and the cover of that movie scared the CRAP out of me as a child. Alas, I decided to watch both films once again when this one crossed my path, and I have sad news to report.

The central plot of this flick involves a chick who hates all of her birthday party guests. She turns into a demon and starts slashing everyone to pieces because she comes in contact with a little imp demon. And good god does that little imp demon look terrible- was it ever supposed to scare anyone, ever?

There really just isn't a lot to say about this flick that hasn't been said before, it completely pales in comparison to the original. It seems to somehow focus more on characters than anything else, and the characters are all morons. They're just so stupid. And the filmmaking is pretty inept too, with all kinds of nonsensical decisions being made left and right. It just felt off, and the charm and effects of the first one are mostly gone. There are plot holes abound, characters who show up and are never seen again, yuck. The acting (and dubbing) is just awful, despite a few people returning from the first film for some reason. And good god, the gym and dudes driving around for no reason until crashing their car are horrible little sub plots. The whole film came off like a bizarre 80s fever dream.
Video / Audio
Demoni 2 is presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen, and although this movie is unquestionably dark and muddy to begin with, this looks as good as it can, the best it has yet.

Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1, and is also pristine, with tons of classic rock and cheap sound effects for you to be thrilled about.
The Extras
All we get is a commentary track featuring Lamberto Bava, special effects artist Sergio Stivaletti and journalist Loris Curci. It was okay, and fairly drawn out. It won't really keep your attention, there's a lot of little things that that were almost done, but they weren't. And we wish they were.

There's a trailer here too.
Last Call
Demoni 2 is a disappointing release that is watchable now only as a cult classic, especially considering the great names in Italian horror who worked on it. It doesn't touch the first one in terms of entertainment value or effects, and some of the filmmaking is baffling it its awfulness. I don't recommend it unless you just have to see the sequel to the original.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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