Demons (Italy, 1985) - Color, Director(s): Lamberto Bava
MPAA Rating: NR
Approx. 88 min.
Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars for crude humor and violence
This film starts off with an amazingly awesome score as two girls are pursued by a strange man in a mask. When he finally catches up to them, he presents them with a free ticket to a special screening of a new horror movie. These two lovely ladies decide to cut class and check out the film at that new theater that just opened up, The Metropol. Upon arriving at the event, we are introduced to the diverse crowd that has streamed into the lobby in preparation for the movie to begin. A pimp and his two ladies are messing around with some of the decorations in the lobby when one of the hoes picks up a mask and puts it on her own face. When told by her pimp to put it back, she receives a small cut on her face from taking off the mask and complains about it under her breath while walking into the theater. Everyone is seated as the movie starts but things start getting weird when recognizes the mask from the lobby, that scratched her face, in the movie. Things take a turn for the worse when the mask scratches one of the characters in the movie, exactly like it did the girl in the lobby, and things IRL are starting to mirror the events on the screen. The girl with the scratch on her face excuses herself and heads for the facilities where she can undergo a horrendous transformation in peace. As movie patrons unknowingly enjoy their movie, the whore in the bathroom has fangs growing out from underneath her human teeth, skin that bubbles and leaks strange ooze, and grows claws that push out through her fingernails. Even though these are supposed to be “demons”, which fit more into the Supernatural Week, these demons act more like zombies. (Spreading infection through their talon-like claws) Soon, the whole theater is overrun by zombies as a small group of survivors try desperately to escape with their lives!!
The special effects of this film are surely dated, but if you're anything like me and you LOVE movies from the 80's... you're going to love this stuff. The cheesy special effects and awesome music are just two reasons why this film is so great. What else would you expect from a movie that has the names of a couple Italian Horror Maestros attached to it. (This film is co-written and produced by Dario Argento and directed by Lamberto Bava) This movie spawned a sequel that made even less sense but was just as entertaining. I liked this movie so much that it earned a spot on my Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies list.
Nudity: None that I can remember
Gore: Awesome splatter film. Nice and sloppy... just the way I like em. Brutal close ups of sharp fangs pushing out old human teeth, claws splitting fingernails and growing out, rising body count. All the makings of a good time.
Awesome: Very. I love everything about this movie.