Ahhhh, here it is! FINALLY! The long awaited remake of one of the most classic and enjoyable horror films of the 80's. Seeing the Kevin Tenney directed original, I was a little weary going into this one. Night of The Demons (2009) proved to be well worth the wait! Fans of the original should be well satisfied here! (Unlike the many horrible hollywood remakes that have been popping up everywhere!!!)
Our story takes place at the notorious Broussard Mansion (Changed From That of Hull House) in New Orleans. Angela Feld (The Amazing Shannon Elizabeth) is about to throw the ultimate Halloween Party there. Maddie Curtis and her friends Lily Thompson and Suzanne Reed are 3 hot dames that will be attending the party with their boyfriends. What happens next is anyone's guess as the partygoers accidently invoke the spirits of the damned and one by one are taken over by them.
The make up effects here are actually taken up a notch (Each Demon has its own unique design),the soundtrack is made of new punk rock standard stuff, our 4 heroines are a bunch of handpicked hotties and the gore is by the buckets! Definately a 10/10!!!
And I know there's another question on everyone's mind: Did they keep the notorious lipstick scene in it? The answer is YES they did. But here, they added something else to the mix as well as a surprise cameo from original NOTD starrer and horror scream queen Linnea Quigley!!!
All together, this is one Halloween treat not to be passed on! Give it a shot and I promise you that you will not regret it!!!
So join Angela's Halloween party this fall and experience a party to die for!!! We're all invited!!! Mwa ha ha ha ha!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Decent enough remakeOct. 19 2010
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A remake of Night of the Demons? Sure, why not. Anyway, this new age take on Night of the Demons pretty much follows the same story structure: Angela (Shannon Elizabeth) is throwing a massive Halloween bash at a house with a demonic past and history. After the cops bust the place up and Angela and a small group of her friends are trapped inside, all hell naturally breaks loose. This remake of Night of the Demons doesn't offer up anything you haven't seen before, or any real surprises either, but it does feature a healthy amount of blood, gore, and gross out effects. The babe factor (Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Diora Baird, and Bobbi Sue Luther) is great, and there are enough nods to the original film (including a cameo from the still sexy Linnea Quigley and a bloody recreation of the famous disappearing lipstick act) to make this worth checking out. All in all, fan of the original or not, this remake of Night of the Demons is a worthwhile horror trek worth taking, as long as you don't expect too much out of it.
29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A Pale Night of the DemonsJan. 29 2011
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There was a couple things I liked here. The tentacle armed demon, who is seen much too infrequently, and obviously inspired by Lovecraft. The skull-faced demon, who is quite creepy and effective. I also like the theme song by deathrock cult band 45 Grave. They've been around for a very long time, and this is their first new track in a long time. It's great to hear some new material, even if it's only one song.
Let me get right to the point and say what I really want to say- buy the original 1987 film. It's got style, humor, it's well-written and the effects are done well on a limited budget. It's a classic with character and just a fun time. I equally recommend Part 2, from 1994, which was directed by Australian cult director Brian Trenchard Smith (Dead End Drive In, Turkey Shoot, etc). Part 2 is half sequel and half remake of part one, only with a bigger budget and more tongue stuck into it's bloody cheek.
This new one, aside from what I mentioned in the first paragraph, has little going for it. Edward Furlong is on hand, trying hard to give a good performance and hold things together, but he seems to be wandering around not sure what he's doing or what is happening. There's a lot of trying-too-hard faux-sexiness and girl-girl touching blended with a lot of screaming and lights flashing and music blaring. It all adds up to nothing. It's boring. I say if you are going to remake a movie, do something really unique and different, or if not different, make it better in some way. But here they have not improved the original nor made it different in any interesting way. It fails and it's not scary. Boring. Skip it.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Could have been, should have been...and wasn'tMay 9 2011
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This movie has alot of problems.
Linnea Quigley only has a cameo, and you can barely see her face. You do get to see her bend over again and flash some little girls her panties.
This is really not a remake. They took a few characters, and a few similar situations from the original, but the rest of the film is not even close to the original. The producers evidently wanted to make money off of the first film, but came up with a dud.
Third, Edward Furlog is badly miscast in this film. He is cast as a drug dealer with a romantic interest with the female lead, but there is no chemistry between them.Edward actually seems high himself during this film, even having dark circles from time to time around his eyes, and no one notices.
Terrible shock value dialogue and supposed sex scenes. Right off the bat we a treated to a discussion on female grooming. What that has to do with anything is beyond me. Then there is the oral sex scene which was totally unnecessary. Alot of the characters say through out the film that they need to go to the bathroom, but hardly anyone ever actually does. One starts, but is interrupted.
None of the characters have any depth. They are dull and interchangeable. The girl who plays Amelia is just flat.
The demons are not scary. In fact, the make up and special effects are pretty standard.
The writers took too many liberties to actually claim this is a remake.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Why?July 6 2012
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<strong>Night of the Demons</strong> (Adam Gierasch, 2009)
One is never quite sure what one is going to get when one comes into a movie penned by the creative team of Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch. The two were instrumental in the resurrection of Tobe Hooper's career, writing the two best movies he'd made in decades (<em>Toolbox Murders</em> and <em>Mortuary</em>). On the other hand, they were also responsible for the abomination that was Dario Argento's <em>Mother of Tears</em>, the rise of Tibor Takacs as a Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie director, and <em>Spiders</em>. (If you've never seen <em>Spiders</em> and don't have a Lana Parrilla fetish, you're far better off.) And then there are the movies the two have written directed by Gierasch. I've now seen the first two. The first was 2008's <em>Autopsy</em>, an After Dark Horrorfest title that was not completely irredeemable. The second is 2009's <em>Night of the Demons</em>, which is.
Plot: It's Halloween night, and Evangeline Broussard (<em>Autopsy</em>'s Tatyana Kanavka) is throwing her annual bash at the ancestral, and supposedly haunted, mansion that her family abandoned some sixty years ago after a night of horrible carnage. Fast-forward past a few badly-contrived pieces of "move the plot along", and after the party, seven people are left in the house: Angela; her trio of friends Maddie, Lily, and Suzanne (<em>Freddy vs. Jason</em>'s Monica Keena, <em>Wedding Crashers</em>' Diora Baird, and <em>Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer</em>'s Bobbi Sue Luther, respectively); Maddie's drug-dealing ex Colin and his buddy Dex (<em>American History X</em>'s Edward Furlong and former Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger Michael Copon). And then there's Jason (<em>We All Fall Down</em>'s John F. Beach), who doesn't really fit in, so you know he's either a redshirt or a final girl. More silly plot maneuvering gets them stuck in the house overnight for the final piece of massive plot maneuvering: the seven of them are stuck in the house with seven demons who need to possess human beings in order to break free. Bet you never saw <em>that</em> coming, given the movie's title.
I'm sure there are probably reasons you can find to talk yourself into watching this movie. (Oh, who am I kidding? Those reasons have the last names Keena, Baird, and Luther.) But I'm going to try and be like Jason, the helpful guy who doesn't quite fit in despite being friendly, and tell you: don't do it. Do NOT do it. It's like trying that drink with the fuzz on it to see if it's still good: you may end up drinking it, but you <em>will</em> regret it the next morning when you have the worst hangover ever. Bad acting, painfully stupid plot, characters who can barely manage to feed themselves... you get the idea. There is very little this movie does to redeem itself. Makes me wonder what the writers were thinking (and why they can't turn out more stuff as fun as <em>Mortuary</em>). * ½
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
How do you make a horror film seem as good as Citizen Kane?Aug. 21 2011
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Remake it almost 25 years later. Seriously. This is one of the worst movies i have ever seen.
The original had lots of humor and some witty one-liners, a few scares, some fun effects, a boffo ending and and a great sense of what it was: an 80's, low-budget B horror movie. A couple of things that make a horror movie work: innocent victims in peril, characters you can tell apart, an effective setting and creepy lighting. They're all missing here. A creepy old mansion only looks creepy when it's not outfitted all over like a nightclub with LED lights, expensive decorations, and bartender with neon martini glasses.
The cast, whew! The original was a bunch of high school kid stereotypes and that works. All the girls (women, really as they all look about 30+) look like rejects from a suburban mall strip club: lots of bad surgical enhancements and big hair. Two of them even wear almost identical costumes which makes telling them apart even more impossible. The men, except Furlong, seem a bit better. Furlong looks like he is in his mid-50's now and it's sad. Characters talk his sexual prowess, but in real life it looks like his only love affair is with Vodka and Pilsbury biscuits.
Anywho, no laughs, no scares, nothing. And the place is lit with that greenish florescent that looks like the inside of a meat-packing facility.
Movies like this make me wish the filmmakers had just taken the money and donated it to a food pantry.