Night of the Demons [Blu-ray]
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Maddie Curtis (Monica Keena - Freddy vs Jason) and her friends Lily, Suzanne and Colin (Edward Furlong - The Green Hornet, Terminator 2) are ready for a great Halloween night at the notorious Broussard mansion in New Orleans. The partys host Angela (Shannon Elizabeth - American Pie, Wes Craven's Cursed) throws a debaucherous party where anything goes! However the house holds a horrible secret ... The guests soon discover the gates are locked and the house is home to demons looking for seven vessels to break free of their ancient curse. Who will make it through the night and stop the evil forces from spreading into the world?
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Having just recently watched the Night of the Demons trilogy I was interested to see how this re-imagining of the original movie worked. Although neither of the two later movies of the first tales matched the original they worked reasonably well as a very loose trilogy with Amelia Kinkade's Angela character as the lynchpin.
The start is completely different, as the back story set in 1925 New Orleans at the Broussard Mansion briefly shows, rushing straight into modern times and Halloween night and as the streets are filled with costumed merry makers celebrating a group of your regular college types get an invite from Angela Feld (Shannon Elizabeth) to a Halloween party at the old Broussard place, along with gatecrasher Colin (Edward Furlong).
As Angela encourages the revellers to lose their inhibitions the party is raided by the police leaving a group 7 inside to carry on. Exploring the house they discover some literally hidden skeletons and when one of the group is bitten the possessions start and from hereon in gets quite hectic with some decent gore scenes and effective demon make up. There's a couple of twists along the way as the cast numbers start to drop; who, if anyone, will survive?.
What raised this movie above the normal 2-3 star monster mash for me were the allusions to the original movies, from Linnea Quigley recreating her memorable appearance in the first movie, to an updated version of the "lipstick" scene albeit with added grossness and some more in your face sexy cat costumes as opposed to the tamer, albeit cuter, one Patricia Rodriguez wore in NotD3.
There's an informative 18 minute or so behind the scenes featurette and a commentary featuring Writer Director Adam Gierasch, and co-writer Jace Anderson as well as a few cast members.
Not to everyone's taste but I liked it.
Here's a quick review of the movie with 0 spoilers:
Angela (Shannon Elizabeth) is throwing an party at the old abandoned mansion, where it was rumour there was Evil in the house. Maddie (Monica Kenna), her friends Lily (Doria Baird) and Suzanne (Bobbie Sue Luther) are going to that mansion for a big Halloween party. The girls meets their old friends (John F. Beach and Michael Copon) and as well Maddie's ex drug-dealing boyfriend (Edward Furlong). The party seems to be going well... until it was stopped by the police. When Maddie and her friends wants to leave, they find the mansion gates mysterious locked. They are stuck there for the night until the next morning. The group discovers a nest of skeletons and unknowingly the gang has awaking the demonic evil spirits. Now it is going to be one of hell of a night to stay alive instead of the great party, they thought it was going to be.
So i was greatly surprised this only followed the original films story very loosely, i also liked the music throughout the film i also enjoyed the characters for some reason..i didn't think that they were as irritating as they could have been...although a bit predictable when the action started the film carried its pace to the end, i thought the actors where performing well and i thought the effects where more than addequate.
The way i approached this film was ...Think of this as another sequel but in a different light...its a different house...a different story and the demons are quite different to the other films.
On an end note i did actually prefur this film to the original...i thought that it was a superior film in means of the acting the effects the story had a little more thought put into it and also the budget was there to make this film succeed in the way it did.
although this is still a throughback to 80's horror genre...so i would definately watch if your that sorte of fan, but don't expect something knew here for the modern horror fan.
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