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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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30 of 40 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.
21 of 28 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.
8 of 10 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.
5 of 6 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The party setting goes on too long and contains some of the worst kind of acting imaginableJune 19 2015
Gail Spencer (London)
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The writers of this piece were familiar with their horror history, whilst this is very much a modern outing – it harks back to eighties style low budget as well as fifties old school haunted house. It opens in the past – all places spooked have to have a backstory and this one is of a suicide in a house that will be the focus of a Halloween party. The party setting goes on too long and contains some of the worst kind of acting imaginable, but provides a setup of the main leads that will feature heavily in the main action later on. There are the girls, Angela (Shannon Elizabeth), who is the hostess of the party, Maddie (Monica Keena), and Suzanne(Bobbi Sue Luther) who are the blonde cats.Yes, they have decided to both dress as cats for Halloween, though it would be difficult to find a cat anywhere that would look that good in a basque. The costumes are a treat – especially the gothic number worn by Angela – out of all of them, she is the most watchable eye candy. Something desperately needed with a slow burning horror. Edward Furlong makes a surprising turn as Colin- the down on his luck drug dealer. It may have been part of the demands of the role, but boy has the guy aged. His rise through T2 and American History X, both major Hollywood outings looked like he may well become a major player, holding his own in major features, this seems far beneath him somehow and he looks uncomfortable in the company. This is especially true of the almost embarrassing scene between him and his boss who is given a ludicrous cockney accent. The first sign of action is a hand out of the mirror stunt which one of the blond cats shakes off rather too readily, especially considering that this particular individual is the one who will have the most insight into the goings on later on. A raid on the party provides the necessary process of elimination to get us to the core group – who then descend to the basement (Colin has a stash down there) and come across five neatly arranged skeletons. Instead of calling the police, Angela sticks her finger in the mouth of one of them and it gets bitten. Here’s where the meat and gristle of the movie begins with them now being susceptible to demonic possession via blood or saliva transmission. This of course means that horror and sex are fused often in this movie which no doubt will make it popular with those who would like their missus transformed into a wild animal during the act. One of the blonds however loses her lipstick in a rather intimate place procuring one of the nastiest periods a male is ever likely to witness. The girl on girl is rather fanciful as well with them both shuddering back and forth into demonism mid-air and mid snog. It is really painting by numbers as the tenacious last 3, including Colin (Furlong) fight to the dawn and this section takes from The Evil Dead – with the trapped door keeping the schizos at bay, and all other 1970’s horrors with the plucky woman survivor. It is this one who has some degree of knowledge of the social history of the house and its contents, which may have led someone to keep away – but this is a horror film and sensibilities just don’t go with the fun. The inscription room sequences are imaginative and have some flair and the idea and notion of using rust as a deterrent against ‘elemental’ demonic forces means that someone has done their chemistry homework, but there was a bit mercilessly robbed from Polanski’s Repulsion, and the main female lead is straight out of Nightmare on Elm Street’s Nancy. The serpents coming out of tits is a fresh perspective though and the girl demons are sufficiently Medusa like to tick all the right boxes, as is the ending – which is decidedly Hammer-like in its visuals and delivery. What lets this movie down terribly is the music – bone-crunchingly awful, from the music in the party to the overall score – it is all dreadful, and not in a good way. All in all though, a good ‘six pack with your mates’ movie.