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.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See 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.
You get two discs, a revisable cover and a nice little booklet.
The Blu-ray transfer is vey good, and gets a 4/5.
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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ARROW ONCE AGAIN MESSED UP AND MADE WASTE MY MONEY
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