NIGHT OF THE DEMONS
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A group of silly disposable teenagers decide to have a Halloween party up at a deserted funeral parlor, Hull House. Of course they mistakenly awaken an evil demon while having a 'sťance', which forces the demon to possess someone. All hell breaks loose in this slice of thick, stinky eighties cheese.
Is it good movie?
Have you ever watched some lame sitcom where the characters are watching an old horror movie from the 80s that just seems too dumb and ridiculous to exist? Well, this movie is really a lot like one of those movies they're watching. Ironically enough, when I first started watching horror movies I used to hunt down the old stuff on purpose because dammit, that's when horror came to life.
Unfortunately for me, that's also when horror sort of starting becoming Hollywood's ridiculous and insulting cash grab genre, a place where it remains even today. With that being said, how could I not rent a flick that clams that "Freddy and Jason were too scared to come"? The flick with some scary girl with a scorpion or something on her head? I was in. Again, unfortunately for me, this movie represents everything that's wrong with horror in the era of snap bracelets and neon.
I won't really comment much on the plot, because it features a bunch of students who are really stupid having a party in an abandoned mortuary. After resurrecting a demon they of course need to split up and have sex, and then the one gets possessed and starts killing people. Now, as I said- there isn't much plot to discuss, this movie plays like a horror cartoon by today's standards.
This isn't to say that there's nothing to like about it, because I think that Night of the Demons offers a great throwback to an era. It showcases some decent practical effects, makes absolutely no sense and of course also stars Linnea Quigley who does unspeakably bizarre things with a lipstick tube (and no, it's not exactly what you think).
So although it’s not a classic, it destroys the sequels that came after it and yes it is a mess, but this is not a movie you'll watch because it's 'good'.
Video / Audio
Video is decent, presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Looks pretty good here, although it is a bit murky.
Audio comes in Ultra Stereo, which I've never heard of, sounds super cool though. Really though this is just okay, how can you not have a surround track for this gem?
I can't believe there are actually features on this disc!
First we get a commentary with directory Kevin Tenney, Executive Producer Walter Josten, and Producer Jeff Geoffray and this is just hilarious stuff. These guys actually think this movie was good! Seriously, listen to this, it's quite bizarre.
My Demon Nights is a brief interview with Linnea Quigley which is a great little feature. She's done a lot of stuff and she's honest and open, although she's a little..out there. Check it.
There's also a great promo reel , a slickly produced deal trying to get buyers to pick this movie up. Wonderful addition.
Finally, there are a few trailers and TV spots.
This movie just isn't very good, but you should know that before you buy it. It can sit on your shelf with good cause as a great way to show your young colleagues how horror was back in the day. Ultimately, Night of the Demons is a fun way to pass a bit of time with your friends, your favorite indulgence and some pizza. Check it out.