Friday, October 29, 2010

Night of the Demons (2010)

Night of the Demons (USA, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Adam Gierasch
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 93 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars for hilariously fun entertainment.

Fans of the original rejoice!!! This is definitely one watchable remake if you ask me, I don't understand all the negative reviews about this movie. (I guess any time you're dealing with a remake, you're bound to have some pissed off fans of the original) I'm usually one those guys that will hate a remake because I feel like it doesn't live up to the original (i.e. Quarantine, Day of the Dead) but in this case, I absolutely LOVED this remake. I felt like the original was a very good cult classic, but even that was a B-movie. So the fact that this remake is a B-movie as well shouldn't matter.

As this movie starts, we see a silent movie intro as a woman hangs herself and completely loses her head. Flash forward 85 years, and we're looking over the shoulder of Angela Feld (played by the lovely Shannon Elizabeth of American Pie and Scary Movie fame.) as she is blasting out invitations to what is sure to be the biggest Halloween party of the year at Broussard mansion. A group of girls are then shown getting ready for the party and we get a little background info on them plus character development for some of the other party guests. (As well as, *GASP* fucking John Connor? So this is what he does when he's not fighting robots to save the future of humanity, eh? ...dealing drugs and fighting demons!!! With his girlfriend Monica Keena, the final girl from Freddy vs. Jason, who I'm sure gained a ton of experience fighting supernatural beings. They're like some power couple of humanity-defending, world-saving, heroes. Awesome to the MAX!!!)

Once everyone gets to the party, it looks like a really happening scene until the cops come to bust everything up. Apparently Angela forgot to get a permit to charge admission to tonight's party, leaving her high and dry after the police clears everyone out. The only people left are the original two groups (guys and girls that hook up for this party) and John Connor who tossed his stash down a vent when popos arrived. Angela takes John Connor down to look for the basement when they happen upon a door that's been sealed off. Inside of it, they find 6 bodies arranged in particular pattern which coincides with black magic. In light of this realization they revisit the tale of poor Evangeline Broussard, the night she held her séance and mistakenly summoned a group of "bad ass" demons from Hell. Angela sees a gold tooth in one of the bodies but as she reaches for it, she's bitten by the decrepit old skeleton. Now possessed, she begins to spread the chaos by biting or kissing others. What comes to follow is ton of blood and guts soaked mayhem, including an update on the old lipstick-in-the-boob gag. Much like the original, they're fighting to make it until dawn. Only on Halloween night do these demons have the freedom to possess living bodies. Does John Connor still have what it takes to stop yet another threat on humanity?

Keep an eye out for a cameo by Linnea Quigley, the girl that stuck the lipstick in her boob in the original, as she hands out candy to two little girls.

Nudity: Aside from the boobs that would obviously have to be present for sticking lipstick into, there is a scene where John Connor goes to meet his supplier at the nightclub that I assume he owns. Inside of this club, there's a topless bartender and a stripper working the pole.

Nice! Boobs trump gravity, every time.
Gore: Tons of blood and nastiness in this film as people are killed by demons in different ways. Faces being torn off, tentacles coming out of titties, boobs getting ripped off. Typical gory horror movie, so I give this a very satisfying 4 out of 5.

Awesome: While I will admit that this lacks a certain... charm that the original had, this is without a doubt one of the better remakes of a film that I already liked. What I liked about this remake was that it was completely original. While it retained some of the more important elements of the original (graphic violence and outrageous gross-out gags) it breaks away from a lot of the common stereotypes that can be found in horror movies these days. The biggest example, and also one of the biggest reasons why I love this movie so much, is when the hand comes out of the mirror at the main girl of this film. She's looking in the mirror and the camera's on both her face and the mirror... this usually signifies that something is about to jump out, but nothing does. Then she opens the mirror to look at the stuff that's on the shelf behind the mirror and right when she closes it.... nothing. Then as she's just looking into the mirror, a hand suddenly reaches out through the mirror and grabs her. I absolutely LOVE how they took the typical visual cues that we're used to seeing in other horror films and tweaked them so we don't know what to expect.

[Also, check out my review of the original Night of the Demons]