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  • Directors: Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006IQ53PW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,861 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento bring you THE Gonzo Horror movie of the 1980s with Demons, a frenzied slice of gore heavy shock cinema that gives up on logic and instead assaults the screen with a riot of X-Rated violence, face chewing Zombies and pounding Heavy Metal.

In a mysterious cinema, an audience are watching a brutal horror flick when the horror rips out of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering Demons who are intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe.

Time to tool up and take no prisoners... The Demons are coming!


Lamberto Bava, son of the Italian horror legend and giallo godfather Mario Bava, teamed up with modern master Dario Argent (co-writer and producer) for this slick gorefest, a triumph of style and special effects over movie logic. Set in a refurbished German movie palace, our hapless soon-to-be victims arrive for a sneak preview of a horror movie only to see the gore unfold in the audience, as well as onscreen. While the exposition remains murky, one patron finds that an infected cut leads to a gooey transformation, and every one of her victims follows suit until the snaggle-toothed monsters outnumber the humans. The survivors, trapped in the tomb of a cinema, must fend off attacks à la George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Borrowing liberally from films such as Dawn of the Dead and The Tingler, Demons also anticipates Scream in its cinema-savvy references, not to mention its undeniably Neve Campbell-ish heroine. The blaring heavy-metal-hard-rock soundtrack and the carnival horror-house atmosphere helps remind us that this is all just stupid fun. Despite the overwhelming body count, excessive gore and rivers of green demon pus, the cartoonishly grotesque killings avoid the sadistic edge of many Italian horror films. By the climax of the film the premise is long forgotten in a ghoul apocalypse, but who's watching this for the story anyway? --Sean Axmaker, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben30 on 27 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I already have the region 1 Anchor bay release of DEMONS DVD
but then i found out that Arrow films U.K. have also released on Demons on DVD and blu-ray
which i bought only cause there's more special features on this arrow films release than the Anchor bay release
any fan of DEMONS knows what the films about
so this review is about the different dvd releases between the Anchor bay release and this Arrow films release

both DVD release's have the films in perfect widescreen format anyway and the picture quality is excellent

but the Anchor bay release only has an audio commentary track by Lamberto Bava and Journalist Loris Curci
and also has behind the scenes footage of the make up department, that's it there are no interviews but the picture quality and audio is excellent on the Anchor bay release

on the other hand, Arrow films release has interviews with Dario argento and music composer Claudio Simonetti aswell as a Doco on italian Horror films
there's 2 audio commentary tracks on this arrow films version
the first commentary is with Lamberto Bava and Journalist Loris curci taken from the Anchor bay release
the 2nd commentary is brand new with some of the Actors from the film, the actors introduce themselves in English but there commentary is in italian
so your watching the film with english subtitles if you want to listen to the commentary
the actors were'nt interviewed for this arrow films version unfortunately for some reason.
as a fan it would've been Great to see 1 or 2 interviews with the actors from the film
i'm sure they speak english, but the commentary was done in italian

So the audio commentary will have to do with English subtitles

so the Arrow films has interviews with Dario argento etc and 2 audio commentaries
the Anchor bay version has less special features than that.

so it's up to what version you want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Askey's Legs on 10 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw Demons uncut on VHS back in the eighties. I remember it being fast-paced, gory and a lot of fun. I am happy to learn that Demons still holds up pretty well as an energetic horror film.

Demons is firmly rooted in the eighties featuring new wave fashions, heavy metal and synthesized incidental music by Claudio Simonetti. The simple plot revolves around an audience trapped in cinema with the evil fiends of the title. The overdubbing leaves a lot to be desired, but the film is saved by great pacing, editing and make-up. Demons is from the zombie school of horror - However, where George A Romero's zombies were vacant and slow moving, these hellish creatures are fast and vicious. The body count is high. The killings are graphic & gory.

There are some inventive sequences. The minor sub-plot about the couple in the ventilation shafts has an unexpected twist in the tale. The film appears to be designed to make cinema audiences uneasy about their surroundings.

Demons has flaws but curiously these shortcomings add something to the film. The over-the-top acting of Bobby Rhodes as a superfly pimp will raise a few chuckles. It's never quite explained why a helicopter randomly crashes through the ceiling - But it's great fun. Also worthy of mention are the list of familiar rock bands featured on the soundtrack. There is plenty of eighties nostalgia courtesy of Motley Crue, Go West & Billy Idol (among others).

This edition of the film offers another great re-master by Arrow. It has been lovingly restored to look full and vibrant. It is also uncut and contains interviews with Claudio Simonetti and writer/producer Dario Argento. Overall, this is a very entertaining Italian splatter-fest. There's a good deal of momentum in Demons.
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By Sapphire on 14 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
I think this is a great piece of work. Especially the beginning, the way that is done is very good. The way it cuts between the movie in the movie and the movie itself is very interesting. When Hell breaks loose it's disturbing, frightening, tense, sad, horrific and surprising. It's all very effectively done.

Just about the only thing about the movie which I didn't "like" was the ending. I would have preferred it if it ended the moment before what is now the actual ending. I mean it's just more sadness while we already had a bunch of that already. There didn't have to be any more, in my opinion.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
US Synapse release absolutely stamps the uk arrow disc into the ground and then mushes it about till its a squishy stain. It looks like it was shot with todays digital cameras, a prime example of what a true rescan of an old film can achieve on blu. If you like this film you have to get this release. But i'm keeping my uk steelbook, may never watch the disc but i'll always love looking at the case :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dasbunker. carmarthen on 31 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
As my title suggests, I found this to be a film of two parts. I watched it on the good old horror channel last night, and 40 minutes in I was hooked.Then the rot set in.
A bunch of people are given complimentary tickets to a film theatre (an ominous looking Metropole). One of their number tries on a silver devil mask. It scratches her, and you just know that no good will come of it.And it doesn't! She transforms into a flesh eating demon.Meanwhile, the audience in the theatre find that the film they are watching pretty much equates to events happening to THEM. Lots of blood, flesh eating, screaming and panic.So far, so good. If you like this sort of thing you'll love it. To an extent, so did I.But then it just gets a bit silly. Definitely OTT. Picture this - A couple trying to escape the cinema are trapped in a room. The roof starts to collapse. Why? Because a helicopter is falling through it - as they do. (you later see that the roof is about two feet of reinforced concrete. That is one heavy helicopter) Our hero, who looks about 18, manages to start it up!!! and the rotor blades decapitate a bunch of former patrons, now zombified. It wont fly (they missed a trick there) but said hero has no trouble sorting out its winch equipment in about 10 seconds flat, and winching the pair of them up to "safety"

At this point I firmly believed the director was having us on. But no, the sombre ending showed he was deadly serious.

If you like the output of this particuler Italian director, then you probably wont be disappointed. He doesn't shrink from massive outpourings of blood and guts, but also doesn't give any sort of rationale for what's happening.
I KNOW you have to take these pics with a pinch of salt, but there should be SOME explanation, however asinine for the events being portrayed.

I'd watch it again - for about 40 minutes.
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