Italian Horror Cinema month moves on with 'DEMONS'

by Joey Paur

Here is an Italian Horror Movie where Bava and Argento team up in an indirect way. Demons was directed by Mario Bavas son Lamberto Bava and the film was written and produced by Dario Argento. 

Here are a couple taglines for this movie to give you an idea of how great it is:

They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.

Their Evil Becomes an Orgy of Bloodshed

And you can never go wrong when they place a Warning label on the movie poster.

This film contains scenes which are considered shocking! No one under 17 will be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Demons was made in 1985 and it was over the top crazily grotesque. Ya gotta hand it to the Italians when it comes to going blood violence crazy. One of the things about Italian filmmakers is they are not afraid to push the limits. This is a fun film to watch especially during Halloween. It is just one of those movies that has a full blown Halloween spirit. The style is incredibly 80's as well, so it easy to get a laugh out of it to.

The film begins with young Cheryl receiving tickets to a free film screening at The Metropol, a newly opened gothic structure movie theatre, by a man in a very 80's style metal mask. When they arrive they find a large crowd has gathered together for the screening. a violent horror film. In the movie theater lobby A bald, black pimp and several of his whores are bothering people. One of the girls tries on a demon mask from a prop, and it cuts her face. The cut doesn't go away, eventually it starts to bother her so during the movie she get up to go to the bathroom to take care of it. As she looks in the mirror the cut on her face bursts open, spewing out some foul nasty pus. She soon transforms into a green-drooling, bloodthirsty, fanged demon. Before long the cinema patrons are forced to battle for their lives as one by one they are transformed into vicious monsters. Who comes to the rescue? Some crazy ass punks who snort coke from a Coke can, riding their motorcycles around in the theatre. The guy who prefers Cheryl becomes a gun-toting, samurai sword wielding Ash-like hero.

Demons is # 53 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Moments.

The dialogue in this film is pretty funny and random. Tony the Pimp has most of the good ones.

Cheryl: I don't know how to explain it, but it's the movie that's making this happen!
Tony the Pimp: She's right, she put on that mask and scratched herself, get it? Because of that scratch, she became a demon. An instrument of evil, like they said in the damn movie, you heard it. We got to stop it I tell you, we got to stop the movie!

Tony the Pimp: Come on grab her legs and help me throw her over the stall! Come on what you waiting for?
George: I won't give you a hand! Christ she's dead... Leave her alone!
Tony the Pimp: You ain't worth shit!

Of course it is all in the delivery.

This film is really quite entertaining. The acting is terrible and the sound dubbing is awful, but what do you expect from an Italian horror film? This is a fun movie to watch with a group of friends that like horror movies. If you get a chance this Halloween season pop this into your DVD player and watch the oozing bloody gore splatter all over your TV screen.

Here is the trailer for the film: