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5.0 out of 5 stars So dreadful its good nasty, uncut!, 16 Oct 2011
This review is from: Maria's B-Movie Mayhem-Night of the Demon [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A badly injured college proffessor recounts the legend of the bigfoot that haunts the local wilderness, and how his students out researching the legend came to a bloody end at the hands of the beast.

Released at the hight of the early eighties video boom, night of the demon became famous largely based on the director of public prosecutions attempting to prosecute the film under the obscene publications act. The film became a renound 'video nasty' and remained banned in the uk for several years, until vipco released a mildly cut version on dvd some years back. Presumably the state censors had one of those face-palm 'what were we thinking' moments upon re-watching and realising exactly how stupid the film was, and more so how deeply and utterly moronic someone could be to actually be depraved or corrupted by this ludicrous movie. Recounting the tale of his doomed expedition the professor frequently helps pad out the screentime mentioning random murders perpetrated by the beast so the director has an excuse to stick another bloody death scene into the movie. The acting is dreadful as is the sound and editing and for the most part the gruey butchers shop leftovers that constitute gore fx look rather silly. That said if you dont mind daft movies, in spite of the films many faults its still a five star movie to me.
why? you may ask.

Simply put, Night of the demon is one hell of a lot of fun. B-movie maniacs after an evenings entertainment could do far worse than check the movie out. The death scenes, while silly are pretty frequent and entertaining, including one poor chap going to relieve himself in some bushes and getting his 'old chap' ripped off! Basically most code red fans are going to enjoy this movie, anyone who enjoys their horror with the aroma of cheese will probably get a kick out of it as well.

Code red have sourced the best available materials for this release, they do apologise about the picture quality but honestly, anyone used to the vipco release will probably think the code red version looks astonishing. Extras-wise we get an intro by maria and some code red trailers but little else. Overall a definate must buy for code red fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original, uncut version of the film -- a gorehound's delight, 26 Mar 2014
Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Maria's B-Movie Mayhem-Night of the Demon [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Any film that found itself banned by the infamously censorious British Board of Film Censors demands to be seen, in my opinion, if for no other reason than to remember that such dark days of legislated morality actually happened in the fairly recent past. 1980’s Night of the Demon is one of those “video nasties” – a true classic form those glorious years of late 70s/early 80s straight-to-video low-budget filmmaking. I watched the uncut version of the film on Amazon’s streaming video service in the States, but it does appear that this version is also uncut, which means you don’t have to worry about wasting your time with the edited version (minus over a minute and a half of the best gory footage) that finally got this film released in Britain in 1993 (albeit with an 18 certificate, even then, which is just ridiculous). Objectively speaking, Night of the Demon is not a very good movie – the cinematography is terrible, the acting is pretty poor for the most part, and the video quality is vintage VHS with occasional lines running through it -- yet at the same time it’s hard for a gorehound like me not to love it. This 90-minute romp gives you plenty of gore, gratuitous nudity, a Bigfoot rape scene, fresh human intestines being used as a whip, some kind of weird cultish sex ritual, and – of course – the infamous castration scene. A word to the wise: you just don’t want to go whipping your junk out – for business or pleasure – in Bigfoot’s woods. Trust me on this.

So the basic premise is that this anthropology professor actually talks five of his students into accompanying him deep into the woods in search of traces of Bigfoot. That’s a heck of a long way to go for a little extra credit, especially given the fact that everyone who has ventured into that section of woods in recent years was later found horribly mutilated or simply disappeared. Come on professor, couldn’t I just write a paper instead? Over the campfires at night, Professor Nugent likes to regale his students with more and more stories of people coming to really bad ends in that very area, which provides the viewer with multiple flashbacks of wonderfully varied Bigfoot attacks. Once he hears local stories about a young hermit woman called Crazy Wanda who hasn’t spoken since giving birth to a horribly deformed baby nine years ago, Nugent becomes convinced that finding her will lead him to the truth about the creature he seeks. Oh boy, is he right about that.

With its decidedly dark twist on the Bigfoot legend, Night of the Demon is worth watching, despite – or maybe even because of – its various shortcomings. I think gorehounds will definitely get a kick out of the viewing experience, even if they hate the plot. You know, for many years it was difficult to find a truly uncut version of this film, so don’t miss your chance to see it now that it’s readily available.
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