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Maria Bello and Frank Grillo hunt ghosts in the trailer for Demonic

01.05.2015

Five years ago, I wouldn't even have given a James Wan film the time of day. Yeah, SAW was decent, but after that franchise became a joke unto itself, I lost any hope that Leigh Whannell or Wan would turn in anything beyond a derivative horror clone. But, Wan surprised me with the effective INSIDIOUS and the excellent THE CONJURING. Now, as FURIOUS 7 prepares to launch him to the top of the studio filmmaking pool, we will start to get any number of movies with his name slapped on it like a brand.

First up is DEMONIC (previously titled HOUSE OF HORRORS) which comes from director Will Canon based on a story by Wan. Wan's name is now almost as big as the title as are his credentials in the genre. While DEMONIC starts as a generic horror film, we soon get to see Maria Bello and Frank Grillo and my interest rises a little.

DEMONIC centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein question one of the few survivors who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying.

DEMONIC looks at least a little bit scary, if not a bit obvious, but most horror from the studio system is that way these days. Hopefully the best scares are being saved for the film, but this trailer at least looks a little entertaining. Grillo and Bello always make movies they are in a little bit better, so I have a slight bit of hope for this flick.

DEMONIC was originally slated for the end of last year and currently has no release date, but expect it to air sometime in 2015

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10:25AM on 01/06/2015

Yawn

Things that I am sick of and are an insane bore:
Bad ghost movies
"Evil" presences that look like old woman in bad Spencer's Gifts make-up/Halloween masks
(not) Creepy Children
(not) Creepy Children in Victorian garb
dark make-up around eyes
People being dragged around in rooms
Slamming Doors
These movie directors have zero imagination and don't know what is scary. Dig deep and think about real scares.
Things that I am sick of and are an insane bore:
Bad ghost movies
"Evil" presences that look like old woman in bad Spencer's Gifts make-up/Halloween masks
(not) Creepy Children
(not) Creepy Children in Victorian garb
dark make-up around eyes
People being dragged around in rooms
Slamming Doors
These movie directors have zero imagination and don't know what is scary. Dig deep and think about real scares.
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10:54AM on 01/06/2015
Agreed - but with this being by James Wan, I think it may be worth a try. Loved all his films with the exception of Conjuring, which to me, was just OK. There always seems to be a twist in his movies that make it worth it.
Agreed - but with this being by James Wan, I think it may be worth a try. Loved all his films with the exception of Conjuring, which to me, was just OK. There always seems to be a twist in his movies that make it worth it.
8:54AM on 01/06/2015
Looks like a bunch of jump scares. How do ghosts or demons give off heat signatures? To me if you want to make demons scary and I do mean truly scary make them have an agenda and make them truly evil. Not waiting until you turn around. Not waiting until the right moment to grab you. Just have them no holds barred badass and wanting to take as many souls as they can to hell. That's it.
Looks like a bunch of jump scares. How do ghosts or demons give off heat signatures? To me if you want to make demons scary and I do mean truly scary make them have an agenda and make them truly evil. Not waiting until you turn around. Not waiting until the right moment to grab you. Just have them no holds barred badass and wanting to take as many souls as they can to hell. That's it.
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11:47PM on 01/05/2015
same ol', same ol'
same ol', same ol'
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10:00PM on 01/05/2015
Not sure if James Wan name would help this movie but I'll give it a shot.
Not sure if James Wan name would help this movie but I'll give it a shot.
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9:07PM on 01/05/2015

Can we really say Maria Bello makes movies better?

She has the Grown Ups movies on her resume.
She has the Grown Ups movies on her resume.
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10:02PM on 01/05/2015
She was a cheerleader in A History of Violence ;-)
She was a cheerleader in A History of Violence ;-)
8:48PM on 01/05/2015
This trailer is awful.
This trailer is awful.
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