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Demons [Blu-ray] 
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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, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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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.
Some of the characters voices have been changed and quite a bit of the dialogue has also been changed and for serious fans of this movie,the new voices and dialogue is very distracting.I found myself shouting at the screen and saying "that's not what was said originally".
Why this has been done,is totally beyond me but some of the lines we all know and love are now gone and replaced with things that don't belong.People who are viewing this movie for the first time won't even know that anything is wrong but,fans of the movie will and probably won't be happy about it.
Overall,this is a top notch blu ray release that apart from a few flaws,should please fans of the movie and in my opinion it's just great to finally see demons released on blu ray after so many changed release dates.
The plot of Demons is pretty easy to explain – demons (okay, they’re basically zombies, but we can call them ‘demons’ here) take over a cinema, leaving the audience is a desperate fight for survival. Someone once described it as ‘Night of the Living Dead, but in a cinema’ and I think that pretty much sums it up.
So, despite the plot being not that original, the way it’s done is. Firstly, it’s completely mad. Things happen for seemingly no reason. Plot lines are brought up and then discarded again without any real explanation. Some characters just sort of disappear, again with no explanation. And don’t get me started on ‘character motivation.’ If you’ve ever seen a few episodes of The Simpsons, you may have seen one where the whole town forms a lynch mob and just runs around following the first ‘leader’ brandishing a pitchfork. That’s how I see the cast here. They just sort of run around randomly until they get ripped apart.
So, there’s much to dismiss about Demons. Only, despite its – numerous – faults, it’s still so much (gory) fun. Back in the days before computer-generated special effects, you actually had to mix latex and slime to gross people out. Demons does that nicely, plus it’s brilliantly shot and there are some genuinely creepy scenes, aided by the lighting and simple camera tricks.
So, if you’re thinking of watching one of the most deliciously gory horror films of the eighties, you’ll need to like zombie-type movies in general, appreciate so-bad-they’re-good films and be able to ignore the fact that the actors are all dubbed by ‘better’ American voiceover actors. Put your brain ‘on hold’ and don’t bother picking up on the faults. That way you can enjoy one of the coolest horror performances by ‘Tony the pimp’ (a man I want on my side when the zombie apocalypse kicks off)