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Demons [Blu-ray] [1985]

4.3 out of 5 stars 75 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006IQ53PW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,235 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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!

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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This is Arrow at their best. Apart form the BFI Arrow seem to be the only company in the UK that is finding rare and poor quality classic movies and remastering them in HD for a better viewing experience. This particular movie which is a classic horror piece from the 1908s Italian horror movement is a great movie. But I have had to deal with both a ropey VHS and a grainy DVD for over a decade. Now this is like watching anew movie. Thank you Arrow.
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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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By CAPTAIN CLEGG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Demons is a great film, and this is a wonderful release from Arrow.

You get two discs, a revisable cover and a nice little booklet.

The Blu-ray transfer is vey good, and gets a 4/5.
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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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A fun 80s splatter classic by Lamberto Bava is presented here in a great release by Arrow Video. This is one of the best horror films of the 80s that wasn't a slasher, which I feel was a welcome change of pace. It was also co written & produced by Dario Argento. Almost the entire film takes place in a movie theatre as well. Basic plot is a bunch of people go to a theatre to watch a film they were given a promotion ticket to see. Some things happen (don't want to spoil it for those that haven't seen it) & now they have to survive against some Demons. It also has some light shades of the zombie genre also as if you get bitten or scratched by a demon you also become one. The music by Claudio Simonetti is also wonderful, especially the opening theme which I feel reminds my so much of the 80s & fits perfectly with the time the film was made in. The gore effects here are great so if you are into that kind of thing & haven't seen this film yet its a must watch. Extras include an interview with Dario Argento, trailer, commentaries by Lamberto Bava & various other cast & crew, a segment with Luigi Cozzi when he talks about some other Italian horror films he likes & of course the usual booklet which I liked as well. If you a fan of 80s horror films you cant go wrong with the fun & gory film.
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