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Demons/Demons 2 (Widescreen)

3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Actors: David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni
  • Directors: Lamberto Bava
  • Writers: Lamberto Bava, Dario Argento, Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Ferrini
  • Producers: Dario Argento, Ferdinando Caputo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: July 10 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000059PQ3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,566 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Italian horror maestro Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava joined forces to produce two of the goriest, most merciless, most stylish, and arguably the best zombie films ever made: for my money, Demons and Demons2 are nectar of the Gods for gorehounds and horror movie fanatics.
Plot, character development, and pacing all take a backseat to the most important element of any zombie movie: brain-eating, bone-crunching, viscera-devouring goodness. Both of the Demons movies deliver the goods in spades, and have the additional virtue of gorgeous and crisp cinematography, eerie and stylish lighting, and the highest splatter-to-running-time ratio of any horror movie ever made, with the possible exception of Peter Jackson's Dead/Alive.
Best of all, the "Demons" movies are utterly merciless: all of the more benevolent horror movie conventions are gleefully abandoned. See dewey-eyed adorable little children get mutated into flesh-devouring demons! See one of the little demon children explode as it gives 'birth' to a yowling, screaming little imp! See a fluffy, loyal family dog growl and bark at a pool of demon blood, only to be transformed into an insane and hungry monster, its snout rolling back up over its eyeballs as a new set of green 'eyes' grow out of its nose! See a blind man get his eyes gouged out even as he begs for the demon to stop!
In short, both movies are sheer horror genius, a 7-course feast (with some nice 1987 Chateau LaTour thrown in) for the discriminating gorehound. It simply doesn't get any better than this, folks, and best of all, you can watch Demons/Demons2 again and again and never get tired of it. Can you honestly say that about "Night of the Living Dead"?
But let's dispense, quickly, with the plot: there is none.
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I really don't know how someone can criticize these films, what exactly were you expecting? This isn't Citizen Kane here, it's Demons. These are films about monsters running amuck and slicing people into potato salad. Abandon any kind of expectations for these films and go with it. As you know, Demons has people trapped in a movie theater with creepy, taloned, fanged, greenish creatures. There is absolutely no explanation given for this event. You never discover who made this film(the film playing in the theater), who's showing it, why they're showing it, how the entrances get blocked off, how the mask ends up in the lobby, etc. But who cares anyway? There are tons of things that don't make sense-people turn into Demons without actually getting scratched, a mini-Demon hops out of somebody. None of these things make sense, but the movie's fun to watch either way.
Demons 2 is basically a remake, but the setting is now switched to an apartment complex. Everyone seems to be watching this film about the events of the first Demons film. This film seems to be a documentary, then it seems to be an actual movie, then the events seem to actually be taking place in the real world in some other location. There is no camera crew with the people in the "documentary", and Bava films their little adventure as though it's actually happening-But it's supposed to be being viewed by the people in the apartment!! And how does a Demons come through a tv screen for no reason? Personally, I love these weird unexplained moments because it gives the movie(s) more of a nightmare/fantasy element. These films seemed much scarier to me when I was a kid(I didn't understand the concept of bad dubbing, acting, writing, etc. I was just creeped out by the Demons), but I still love them.
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I'm reviewing Demons and Demons 2 (aka Demoni and Demoni 2) together because they are very similar movies made a year apart by mostly the same people. They were written by legendary director and writer Dario Argento along with Lamberto Bava, the son of the late, great director Mario Bava. Dario also produced both movies and Lamberto directed both movies. They were both filmed in Italy and made to look like an American city. They were both filmed in English with decent dubbing for the most part. They both very much celebrate the 80's both in music and fashion. And they are both very gory with lots of blood, and splatter.
Demons starts out with a strange man with a partial mask made out of metal riding around on roller skates passing out invitations to a horror movie at the reopening of some old theater. At the start of the movie the theater is about half full and the story on the screen is about teenagers who discover some old graveyard and a mask that turns one of them into zombies which starts the whole "If you get bitten by a zombie you turn into a zombie" thing. A girl attending the movie with a friend and their bald headed pimpish/he-man/studley-man type date is in the lobby and tries on a mask that is part of a lobby promotional prop for the film. She gets pricked by something sharp in the mask and it draws a little blood. After they sit down she notices some blood on her cheek and goes to the bathroom to clean up. In the bathroom she changes into a zombie and this starts the whole chain. After awhile there are zombies running around everywhere and the non-zombies left in the theater are trapped because the doors are inexplicably chained shut. Since there is no escape they have to resort to fighting and of course it is just a matter of time before they are slowly picked off.
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