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Lamberto Bava, son of the Italian horror legend and giallo godfather Mario Bava, teamed up with modern master Dario Argento (cowriter and producer) for this slick gorefest, a triumph of style and special effects over movie logic. Set in a refurbished German movie palace, our hapless soon-to-be victims arrive for a sneak preview of a horror movie only to see the gore unfold in the audience, as well as onscreen. While the exposition remains murky, one patron finds that an infected cut leads to a gooey transformation, and every one of her victims follows suit until the snaggle-toothed monsters outnumber the humans. The survivors, trapped in the tomb of a theater, must fend off attacks à la George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Borrowing liberally from films such as Dawn of the Dead and The Tingler, Demons also anticipates Scream in its cinema-savvy references, not to mention its undeniably Neve Campbell-ish heroine. The blaring heavy-metal-hard-rock soundtrack and the carnival horror-house atmosphere helps remind us that this is all just stupid fun. Despite the overwhelming body count, excessive gore, and rivers of green demon pus, the cartoonishly grotesque killings avoid the sadistic edge of many Italian horror films. By the climax of the film the premise is long forgotten in a ghoul apocalypse, but who's watching this for the story anyway? --Sean Axmaker
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At first I was uncertain how it would look, knowing that the dialogue was dubbed. It was fairly well done, however, and the heavy metal soundtrack along with Claudio Simonetti's score enhanced the film very well. Anyone who likes Italian horror - get this one! You will not be disappointed.
The atmosphere is claustrophobic, blood and insides are not left hidden, everybody is everybody's enemy...one bite is enough...to turn your friend into a demon. Apocalyptical ending. Great experience.
The film has a widescreen presentation (1.66:1) in English DS 5.1, always clean and almost flawless. Exhaustive audio commentary by Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti (special effects) and journalist Loris Curci. The extra features comprise a behind-the-scene segment and a theatrical trailer. Two thumbs up for Anchor Bay. Pick it up, it's total entertainment!
Although this has been cited more as a Dario Argento film it is really Lamberto Bava who also deserves to be credited as well since serving as director and Argento as producer.
The film does leave you with bit of clustraphobic feeling since the action centers within a cinema complex. Many disregard this film as being a low rate sleazy euro trash horror flick that only seemed to capitalize on the success of the genre since horror became a thing of the 80's. It's interesting that many underrated horror films are making a bit of a comeback since the launch of DVD back in 1998 with a string of banned horror films such as these and many others presented uncut for the first time.
I would most definitely recommend this as collector's edition providing that you're an Argento fan like myself. The audio commentary from the director himself and make-up artist Sergio Stivilati really does help the viewers to fill in the blanks about the whole film making concept and a few awkwared scenes that didn't seem to make any sense (i.e. the helicopter crashing through the cinema).
This films also does pack quitea few nice babes too: Natasha Hovey as the "damsel in distress" type Cheryl and Fabiola Toledo as one of the doomed prostitutes (also last seen in Bava's A Blade In The Dark). Check out Dario Argento's daughter (no I'm not refering about Asia Argento), but his older daughter Fiore Argento as one of the nicer girls, who gets anasty surprise in the shaft.
All in all, not a bad film at all, just remember not to take it too seriously...
Two and a half stars out of five.
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Facilement un des 10 meilleurs films d'horreur de tous les temps. Bonne histoire. Assez de gore pour satisfaire tous les amateurs.
Not my usual cup of tea, but my husband ordered this movie and loved it. Smooth transaction and quick delivery. Thanks!Published 7 months ago by Karin C
Fantastic transfer! Yeah it's a pretty bare bones disc, but if all you are interested in is the movie this edition is great.Published 12 months ago by vishnu
While the movie itself isn't five stars, this Blu-Ray release is for the picture quality alone! Despite Argento not directing this, his fingerprints are all over it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Egon
Finally on Blu Ray. I missed the first limited release, so I was very happy to see it get a second release. Awesome upgrade. this is the best Demons has ever looked.Published 18 months ago by Ralph Gethings
Mauvaise publicité, il n'y a pas de piste française comme mentionné (doublé français).Published on July 11 2014 by Martin Plamondon
The acting is bad, the dialogue atrocious, and the story just this side of non-existent. This one's all about the phenomenal make-up effects. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2011 by Andre Farant