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Old 10-07-10, 08:49 PM
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"Demons" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 22



Demons (1985)



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These "October Horror Movie Challenge" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 Films in 31 Days Subset.

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Old 10-20-10, 02:46 AM
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Re: "Demons" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 22

Demons is one of my personal favorites for it's visceral horror splashes and trancelike film comes to life motif. I checked out the commentary track tonight (it's not great) and here's some highlights (spoiled if you want to hear the commentary yourself)...

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- The metal masked character giving out theather tickets and seen at the end of the film's mask was designed to mirror the demon mask. The commentary does not clear up his role in the demon spree.
- The film was intended to be "violent."
- Demons were used to intentionally avoid the popular zombies. The main difference between demons and zombies according to Lamberto Bava is "speed." Demons are "schizophrenic and fast paced... cartoon-like" versus slow zombies.
- The Tony 'the Pimp' character actually has a very thick italian accent despite what might be expected from his appearance.
- One theme of Demons, Demons 2, and The Church is that "demons are everwhere in society."
- It's suggested that the demon characters in this film are being "exploited" rather than exploiting (?).
- Question: "Why was there a helicopter over the theather? Answer: "Because I liked the idea" ["...to give an idea of what was happening outside"].
- At the end it's stated the intention is there are other humans left.

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Re: "Demons" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 22

the man with the metal mask is played by Michele Soavi, director of Cemetery Man, Stage Fright, etc. and assistant director of this film and some Dario Argento movies.

This is just a good silly gory horror movie with a thin plot but it's entertaining. The second one isn't as good but it's worth seeing if you liked this one too.
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What happens when Italian filmmakers decide to throw The Evil Dead, The Terminator, and American Ninja into a big pot and stir? Why, this film, of course! There's not an original idea to be seen in Demons (it also takes cues from Black Sunday and Dawn of the Dead), but it's still a rip-roaring good time. Lots of blood and pus are on display as the Italian makeup guys finally learn about latex appliances. The bizarrely eclectic soundtrack features Accept, Motley Crue, and...Go West. Go figure. As the SNL beer parody jingle for Spud says, "Just put your brain on hold" and you'll have an excellent time.
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Re: "Demons" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 22

I wish part 2 was more of a direct sequel to this one, kind of like a Dawn of the Dead except with Demons in Italy.
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Re: "Demons" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 22

Originally Posted by Undeadcow View Post
Demons is one of my personal favorites for it's visceral horror splashes and trancelike film comes to life motif.
I enjoyed those aspects of it too, but lost a little interest in the final act. The motorcycle scene dosn't work at all imo, and took me out of the film.
Originally Posted by Undeadcow View Post
I checked out the commentary track tonight (it's not great)
Yeah, not a great track, but some nice nuggets.
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the man with the metal mask is played by Michele Soavi, director of Cemetery Man, Stage Fright, etc. and assistant director of this film and some Dario Argento movies.
Love seeing all the connections in film history.
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The bizarrely eclectic soundtrack features Accept, Motley Crue, and...Go West. Go figure.
Didn't I hear Rick Springfield in there too?
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I wish part 2 was more of a direct sequel to this one, kind of like a Dawn of the Dead except with Demons in Italy.
I don't think I'll find time for finding the sequel this month, but I'll hopefully remember to watch it next year.
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Re: "Demons" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 22

Great film, fun watch. Thanks for all of the observations above!
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Re: "Demons" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 22

I love this movie so much. I think Argento's influence on L. Bava is pretty heavy in this one.
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Ah, the Italians! Fantastic, over the top gore fest. Loved the bike and sword routine, but I don't think Peter Jackson's lawn mower is ever going to be topped. I also thought the snorting Coke joke was priceless.
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