PLOT: A group of teens decide to have a Halloween party in an abandoned funeral parlor. After a seance, things go terribly wrong when one of the girls gets possessed by a demon. The girls always go first, man.
REVIEW: Kevin Tenney's NIGHT OF THE DEMONS is the kind of movie that's easy to love despite the fact that it's actually kind of bad. Although this Halloween-set tale of possession has an almost unbearably slow start, it features a pretty solid dose of the red stuff. That's gotta count for something, right?
There's really nothing to this movie as the entire plot is brushed over in order to get a handful of teens into a mortuary that happens to harness evil spirits. The plot pretty much ends right there. Which is fine as long as the film is entertaining, something NIGHT OF THE DEMONS doesn't figure out until the last 40 minutes or so. Terrible acting aside, that's really the only issue with Tenney's film is that it takes way too f*cking long to do anything interesting. But once this one gets going, you have a mostly entertaining slice of horror with some kickass, gooey practical effects.
But what's truly great about the film is that it's set during the best time of year, Halloween. There's just something about watching a bunch of teens getting slaughtered in costumes that makes for horror gold, and there's plenty of that going around in NIGHT OF THE DEMONS. And I think that's why fans continue to drift towards the film during this time of year because although it's pretty rough around the edges, and it spends entirely too much time doing nothing, it's heart is in the right place and absolutely nails the spirit of Halloween.
The characters are dumb, who do dumb things, and get killed in dumb ways, but god dammit there's an undeniable charm to the film's madness that I just can't figure out. It's like it wants me to hate it but knows I wont. The movie some how makes me laugh just as much as it pisses me off. It's so stupid, yet so decent. I can live with that.
BEST TNA SCENE: Only minutes into the film you'll catch a quick glimpse of some ass. There are some boobs here and there, though, but perhaps the best nude scene is also one of the strangest. It involves lipstick and Linnea Quigley. I've said too much.
BEST GORE BIT: For me, the best gore bit has to go to the very last scene where we see an old man take a bite out of his wife's deadly apple pie. It's deliciously bloody.
HALLOWEEN DRINKING GAME: Skip the drinking game and just get hammered before you watch the movie. But if you insist, take a drink every time pig-boy pisses you off.