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Demons [Blu-ray] [1985]

Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006IQ53PW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,559 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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, Amazon.com

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!


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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the best horror films ever made! 28 Jan 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars You have to love Tony... 11 Feb 2014
Format:Blu-ray
While young Cheryl is riding the West Berlin subway, a strange man in a metallic mask hands her tickets to a movie at a newly renovated cinema.

She invites her friend Kathy to go with her. A pimp and his girls are checking out displays in the lobby, one of which is a demon mask from the film.

One of the prostitutes tries on the mask and is cut while removing it. While the film is starting, the woman's wound starts oozing green slime and in seconds she becomes a demon.

She attacks anyone who crosses her path, and soon the cinema is filled with people turning into demons and those trying to avoid attack.

The exits have disappeared. Even stopping the film doesn't help, as newer demons appear......

It's a silly film, don't get me wrong, but it's made in such a tongue in cheek way, that you cannot help but get sucked in to all the absurdity.

The first thing you notice is the fact that a blind man has been given tickets, i'm not discriminating, but all the chap does is moan throughout the film, no wonder hi other half cops off with another guy.

acting as expected, is pretty below par, but we don't watch these movies for the execution of dialogue. The effects are great for their time, and the whole narrative just exudes genius.

The film does falter a little bit toward the third act when there are too many demons, as the treat and the creepiness is thrown out of the window, in order to make it that little more silly, but it doesn't really matter.

The characters are funny (especially Tony, who has to be the best thing here), and it just, but only just out stays its welcome.

It's like a lighthearted version of a Lucio Fulci movie, which is a compliment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Demons An Awesome Movie 5 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense 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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars pessima edizione
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's fun
Arrow Video are currently best label catering for the needs of us cult fans, This 'Demons' and it's sequel -'Demons2' take pride of place in my blu ray collection. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Andrew Venables
3.0 out of 5 stars arrow films nearly got it right,but!
The picture quality was great and the audio quality was good,So why? might you ask have i only given this 3 stars. Read more
Published 22 months ago by MICHAELM
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Accept Cinema Tickets From Masked Men!
In a nutshell - it's a gory, silly, fast paced, 80's horror and it's fantastic!

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Published 23 months ago by SGR
5.0 out of 5 stars "..CULT 80'S CLASSIC.."
Demons is a very cool and very unique horror movie from 1985, its not often a movie gets over run by demons, its usually zombies or vampires!! Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars "..AWESOME!!...TOP 80'S HORROR.."
Demons is a very cool and very unique horror movie from 1985, its not often a movie gets over run by demons, its usually zombies or vampires!! Read more
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