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Demons [Blu-ray] [1985]

Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006IQ53PW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80'S HORROR CLASSIC 27 Mar 2013
By Ben30
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the best horror films ever made! 28 Jan 2013
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I remember my uncle having this and Demons 2 on VHS growing up, I grew up with a lot of old school horror films from the 80s & 90s. This film is absolutely fantastic if you are a real connoisseur to the Horror genre! Forget Saw! Demons is a great film with some fantastic visuals for it's time, as it originally was filmed in Italy I believe, the dubbing is pretty good also considering!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostradamus never saw this coming! 14 July 2014
By Naomi_B
Format:Amazon Instant Video
First off if the quality of the release of this version of the film is average , with the sound being the major problem. I watched it via amazon prime and found I had to turn the volume of my external speakers up to max. As for the film itself; this dubbed version wasn't too bad at all, certainly if you have seen dubbed 80s/90s Hong Kong movies than you will find the dubbing here far easier to follow. 'Demons' has all the feeling of 'Night of the Demons' set inside a cinema so if you've seen that particular cult horror then you'll know what you're getting into. This is definitely a gore fest that most 00s movies cannot compete with as far as blood and pus goes. There is very little subsistence to be found in its plot but if plot is what you seek than 80s cult horrors is not the place to be. It's cheesy, features misplaced heavy rock music and spewing's not meant to be slick, its schlock and does a good enough job to entertain gore fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Demons An Awesome Movie 5 Feb 2014
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The Demons Collection I love this set comes in a nice Box Set with both Demons 1 and 2 plus a bonus disk of an interview by the Director Dario Argento which is great I love the Demons movies if you are a Horror fan this is a great set to have in your collection.
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