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Old 09-20-18, 09:46 PM   #1
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"Demon Wind" Reviews/Discussion - 2018 Horror Challenge





Demon Wind (1990)



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Old 10-30-18, 04:36 AM   #2
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Re: "Demon Wind" Reviews/Discussion - 2018 Horror Challenge

In "1931" she drops a crystal, which is obviously a snow globe, and the whole house explodes. Not sure I'll be able to stay up to finish this tonight but that's the sort of thing I've been looking for the whole challenge.
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Old 10-30-18, 01:42 PM   #3
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Demon Wind was 'so bad it's good' style fun, with metaphysical demons swarming everywhere. It was hard to enjoy at times and hard not to enjoy at others. The influence of Evil Dead is obvious and it has it's own quirky set of rules. The prosthetic effects were cheap but also the kind of practice design that I miss seeing more of and dated in the best kind of way that fit well with the in your face tone of the film, it's not scary it's more of a subdued action film. Demon Window is especially well paced, despite some early set up it hardly wastes time with anything but the demonic. The dream, not a dream, escape, but wait there's a demon ending is so confusing - not that it matters, I think it was a 'happy ending' but mainly will remember there were cheaply made demons everywhere.

I wonder about the poster, is that suppose to be the ending demon?
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Re: "Demon Wind" Reviews/Discussion - 2018 Horror Challenge

It’s Evil Dead without any of the positives. 2/10
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Old 10-30-18, 03:19 PM   #5
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I'm not sure I want to understand the hero receiving strange powers at the end, what was that?
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It’s Evil Dead without any of the positives. 2/10
I agree but it's interesting to me that 9 years later a film that likely had a better budget to imitate Evil Dead with couldnt cut it. Maybe that's a testament to the artistry of people who craft for love and interest rather than to ape what is popular and score financially. I think the actual Evil Dead remake earlier this decade did well enough so it can be done
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Old 10-30-18, 03:23 PM   #6
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Re: "Demon Wind" Reviews/Discussion - 2018 Horror Challenge

Decided to pop my head in to get some of the praise for Demon Wind before I pop it in....

Demon Wind will be my 99th film.
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I feel like there might be some interesting ideas here, but it's hard for me to get past the cliched script and wooden amateur actors to get into the story. This feels like a script a college kid wrote and he and his friends starred in it. And none of them have talent. Or are attractive enough to be on camera. Except for the big blond kid who plays a total asshole. At about the 60% point.

OMG the kid with one dangly earring, 80's hair, and white jacket.

"You're dead."
"You can't kill what's already dead."
But that's not what he... (sigh)

Ok, done. I'm with Trevor: 1/10. To be fair, I'm not a fan of Evil Dead either and most people love it.

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Old 10-30-18, 05:55 PM   #8
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I had fun watching this. The beginning was strong and although it didn't maintain that level, it was a crazy collection of pieces from other horror plots with some nice touches of it's own. Several have mentioned Evil Dead but I also got a strong Night of the Living Dead vibe when the demons were massing to attack the farmhouse. Some of the deaths were pretty creative (killer tongue from a cow skull, turn into a doll and explode) and the makeup was gory and gooey although it did look all the same after awhile. The optical effects were cheesy but the bird egg full of maggots was really creepy. Although it wasn't scary or tension filled this was full of so much weird, silly stuff I couldn't help but have a good time.
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Old 10-31-18, 08:34 AM   #9
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A lot going on here, and I wouldn't say it was entirely coherent, but I liked it. I actually thought the demons looked pretty good, but the effects just didn't really work for me.

I seem to buy everything Vinegar Syndrome, and I thought this disk looked pretty good. Glad I didn't spend too much on this one though.
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