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Demons - The Director's Cut (Dubbed) [DVD] 
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Lamberto Bava, son of Italian horror-maestro Mario Bava, directs this tale of a bunch of cinemagoers with invitations to a special film show. The film in question is a gruesome slasher flick, and as the screening progresses members of the audience begin inexplicably transforming into hideous blood-thirsty demons. The rest of the audience tries to escape, only to discover that all the exits have been walled shut....
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.
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